Posts tagged ‘Cobh’

November 14, 2008

I like Ireland’s "Dirtiest Town"

Panasonic LX1, f5.6, 1/640 sec, -0.66EV, ISO 80, 28mm Equivalent (Click to Enlarge)

Cobh was recently voted the dirtiest town in Ireland. I can understand this because litter is a big problem and the town is in fairly urgent need of a makeover. However, there are many old buildings with lots of character and it is a lovely place to stroll around, the people are friendly and the atmosphere is alive with history – so it’s not all bad. I think I prefer dirty with character than somewhere that was pristine and yet lifeless…

The above photo I took earlier this week as I was walking along the main street, looking south into the harbour.

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October 22, 2008

Light Pollution

Panasonic LX1, 60 sec., f2.8, ISO 80, 6.3mm (Click to enlarge)

“The Heaven’s Declare the glory of God”, (at least they would without humankind’s best attempts to blot out the night sky with light pollution)!

I’ve been itching to try out the “starry sky mode” on our new compact camera, so last night I set it on a tripod at the side of the Rectory facing south towards Great Island. You can make out the stars but the scene is dominated by the bright lights from what I think must be the floodlights from the Cobh Ramblers ground, roughly 4 miles away as the crow flies.

On a camera such as this, with a fingernail sized sensor, it really struggles to capture detail without making the photo very blotchy and full of digital ‘noise’. At a small picture size like this it looks okay but at full size it’s pretty ghastly. Of course in the days of film you just pointed your tripod mounted camera at the night sky put it on ‘bulb’ and went away and had a cup of tea for half an hour or so. Hmm, I guess that this is one example when film is actually better – maybe I’ll give that a try soon.

October 7, 2008

Farewell to the QE2

Nikon D70s, 11 Photos!, f13, ISO 200, 50mm (Click to Enlarge)

Cobh was very busy last week to see this famous ship on it’s last voyage (before being made into a hotel). I think she’s probably earned a good retirement after 40 years of service and over five million nautical miles…

I couldn’t get both the ship and all the interesting detail around in one shot so it took 11 photos to capture all the detail I wanted – unfortunately this meant that the finished picture was the equivalent to a colossal 66 Mega Pixels, so I had to shrink it considerably for the internet and in so doing many of the interesting fine details are lost.

July 30, 2008

A Stony-faced Welcome!

A stony stare Canon A570IS, f4, 1/60 sec, ISO 80, 5.8mm

This fellow with the curious expression greets worshipers on their way into Christchurch in Rushbrooke, Cobh. I wonder who he is? Some famous Anglican like Latimer, Ridley, or Cranmer? Maybe one of the Apostles? Maybe the Architect of the church building? Maybe the winner of a competition (held in the 1860’s and presumably on a scratchcard) to “win a carving of your head to be placed at the entrance to the church being built in Cobh!?”

The thing is that he is always there, come rain or shine (hence the heavily pock-marked face). It doesn’t matter that the service starts at 9.45 am on a Sunday morning and he’s been out the night before, he is to be found at church every time, without exception. Now that’s what I call dedication…

July 22, 2008

Belvelly, Cobh

Bellvelly Bridge and Norman Keep, Cobh, Co. Cork

Canon A570is 2 exposures made into panorama

I’m really blessed to have such a scenic parish to drive around in. This photo is taken on the Cobh side of Belvelly Bridge. The sign that greets you gives directions for Cobh going on the left and right roads, which can be quite confusing for the uninitiated! The Norman Keep in the picture is actually for sale – you can just make out the large auctioneers sign above the parked minibus – needless to say, it would take a bit of work. I drive over this bridge several times a week – though it is nearly always at its best early on a Sunday morning when I am on my way to church in Cobh. Many time I’ve wished I had my camera to capture a silvery winter sunrise or the glorious blue of a midsummer’s day (not too many of those mind you). So last Sunday morning I made sure I did have the camera and here is the picture – the clouds were not nearly that dark in reality, it is just the extra contrast produced by taking the shot into the sun.