Posts tagged ‘Tokina 12-24’

August 22, 2012

White already for harvest.

In what must be the answer to many a farmer’s prayer, the sun is shining at last. The large number of combine harvesters and tractors on the narrow roads are making driving around the parish a hair-raising experience, but it is great to see the work being done. Perhaps the upcoming season of Harvest services will be a time of thanksgiving after all, even though this year has been one of the worst in living memory for all those involved in agriculture.

The Bible verse that came to mind as I was taking this picture, was from John’s Gospel in the old King James version:

“… behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”
John 4:35b

The Lord Jesus is comparing a field ready for harvesting to the many people who are (after centuries of waiting for the Messiah to come), ready to hear his gospel message and to know Him as Lord and Saviour.

Photo Notes: I used a very wide angle lens for this shot (a Tokina 12-24mm f4). I set the aperture to f22 and thankfully it was bright enough at that aperture to get a shutter speed of 1/50 at 100 ISO. The unusual colouring is a Lightroom preset called ‘Coldtone.’ See the picture on Flickr here.

March 20, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day in Clonakilty

For once the sun shone on St. Patrick’s Day and a great time was had by all.  Well done to the Town Council and people of Clonakilty who put on a great parade.  Apart from these few pictures posted here there are many more on Flickr (if you click on one of the pictures below it will take you into the Flickr photo stream).

Clonakilty St. Patrick's Day 20

It is still possible to find some genuinely Irish people in West Cork :-)
Clonakilty St. Patrick's Day 1

A strong and intimidating Garda presence for the day…

Clonakilty St. Patrick's Day 7

As elsewhere, emigration is a big issue for many families in these parts; this couple were great fun.
Clonakilty St. Patrick's Day 14

Our very own Girls Brigade…
Clonakilty St. Patrick's Day 13

… and Boys Brigade.
Clonakilty St. Patrick's Day 18

The man himself.
Clonakilty St. Patrick's Day 5

Kebab anyone?

March 8, 2012

Crawford Gallery, Cork

A couple of days ago whilst on a brief outing to Cork city, we decided to have lunch in the Crawford Gallery Café as it had been several years since our previous visit there.  The food is excellent (though perhaps a bit healthier than is my natural want) and the gallery itself is just wonderful.  I wasn’t sure if photography was allowed, so just three ‘undercover’ shots were taken…

The table next to ours.  I really like the expressions on the faces of two figures in the window!
Crawford Gallery Café

The upper corridor that runs by the Harry Clarke gallery, I think it was the curvature towards the light that made me lift the camera to take this one.
Crawford curving corridor

The Classical and neo-classical sculptures near the main entrance…
Crawford Gallery, Cork

These statues made me think of the film ‘A Night at the Museum‘!  Also a verse from the Bible comes to mind now as I look at this:

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.  (Ephesians 2:10)

February 28, 2012

On the shelf

On the shelf

These Rag Dolls are stuck on the shelf, but it’s O.K., they know that one day the waiting will be over and their time will come … ;-)

For anyone interested, I have been trying out the free ‘beta’ version of Lightroom 4, available for Mac and PC here.  This photo was shot at 5600 ISO and as a result was very ‘noisy’ (lots of grainy stuff, especially in the shadow areas).  Lightroom has a series of  ‘noise reduction’ sliders that are very effective at reducing the graininess.  If you are into photography it’s something I would recommend, but hurry, it’s only going to be free until the end of March, after which it will probably be three hundred Euro or more…



February 22, 2012

Under an Ashen Sky

Under an Ashen Sky - Coolmain Bay

The view over Coolmain Bay this morning.  Given the day that’s in it, an appropriate sky…