Chips Anyone?

§ April 19th, 2014


Chips, or fries as they’re known in the USA, sit cold and ignored.

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/320s

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All Seeing Me: Weekly Photo Challenge : On Top

§ April 18th, 2014

I’m on top of the world, looking down on creation……..

This weeks photo challenge, On Top could mean a lot of things but I’ve decided to share a few photos taken from the top of the world. Well not quite the top of the world but I was rather high up. I’ve been lucky enough to have had a few hot air balloon flights and of course I had my camera with me. Everything looks so different when you’re on top looking down and it’s not very often you get a chance to see the world below you while hanging over the edge of a basket!

On top of a forest looking down

Can’t see the wood for the trees…..

On top of the Hunky Dory Balloon


Flying over hot air balloon

Into the great wide open….

So I hope you enjoyed my take on this weeks challenge and why not leave a comment below if you did or even if you didn’t!

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All Seeing Me: Life without Facebook

§ April 17th, 2014

It’s been seven months since I deleted my Facebook account.

So has the roof caved in? Did the world end? Well to be honest, no! Life still goes on without Facebook. I still wake up in the morning and put on my socks.

So why did I desert the worlds most popular social network? Well I did it for a number of reasons, the main one being that I was being stalked by lots of weird bearded people called Bob! Ah no seriously, I just got fed up with the whole insidious intrusion in your life that was Facebook. It used to be great fun sharing stuff with your “friends” and getting feedback from them in the form of “likes” and comments. Then Facebook changed (and they are constantly changing) how they operate and in the couple of moths before I deleted my account, all I could see in my timeline was commercial posts and ads for shit I didn’t want to know about. My screen was full of “suggested” this and “recommended” that. I wasn’t seeing anything from people I knew. If I posted a photo only about 10% of my friends got to see it and Facebook decided who those 10% would be.

So here I am seven months on and do I feel I’m missing out on stuff? Well yes I do because I’m constantly being bombarded with links to Facebook pages and I don’t visit them. From other photographers to fishing and hunting groups, they all have their Facebook pages and are forever posting links via the twitter machine. Once I see the dreaded fb in the link I just move on and read the next tweet so I don’t get to see whatever it is they have on their Facebook page. Will I return to Facebook? Probably!

For now, I’ll stick to my own little folder in the vastness of the www and of course this being primarily a photo blog, here’s a completely random photo that has absolutely nothing to do with this post!

Man outside pub smoking

He’s not on Facebook either!


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: Ladybird

§ April 16th, 2014

finefocus - Photography Dublin and Ireland

It was very noticeable that the lovely Ladybirds were out in force yesterday for the early summer, the biggest numbers that I’ve noticed in quite a few years. In fact, in recent years you would do well to see one Ladybird in an entire summer.
The Ladybird is the popular name for a colourful beetle, the most common for us in Ireland being the 7-spotted ‘Coccinella Magnifica‘. The Ladybird name originated in Britain where these insects became known as ‘Our Lady’s bird’. In early paintings, Mary was pictured wearing a red cloak, and the 7 spots of the insect were said to represent her Seven Joys and Seven Sorrows.

Ladybird Ireland

Of course, there is lots of old wives’ tales for the reason behind lots of ladybirds appearing, but the less exciting reality is that it’s just a result of the mild winter that has just passed. The good summer last year and this past mild winter has resulted in lots of vegetation growth which in turn has resulted in lots more Aphids (blackflies and greenflies) and pests.
The good news for the keen gardener is that Aphids are a ladybirds favourite food to feast on, hence the ladybird families have hung around this year to enjoy the rich pickings!

It is for all these positive factors that the ladybird has been adopted as the symbol of a range of children’s literature and company logos.

Ladybirds Ireland

Ladybird Ireland

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§ April 15th, 2014


Discarded confectionery at the football grounds in Cobh around 7 years ago.


Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 20mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s

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§ April 15th, 2014


"Meitheal na hAbhann: A Collective Gathering on the River" was the name of this amazing, somehow tribal performance by Matt Toole. it incorporated molten iron, live music in form of drum kit and mix-of-various-odd-instruments kit, and a sunset. the setting of Kennedys Quay, which is basically in the middle of docklands, could not have been better. Clouds over Blarney

§ April 13th, 2014


I walked out my front door in late August, 2011 and saw this amazing cloud in the sky above my head. I could not resist taking a few photos!

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All Seeing Me: Weekly Photo Challenge – Monument

§ April 11th, 2014

Well not quite a monument, but near enough.

When I say near enough I mean that in a physical sense. Let me explain!

In Dublin’s Phoenix Park, which is the largest enclosed park in Europe, we have what’s known as “The Monument”. Well that’s what all Dubliners call it but it’s real name is The Wellington Monument and it’s a very well known landmark for anyone that has ever been to Dublin.

Now in that same park way back in September 1979, a certain visitor came and attracted about 1.5 million people to come see him. He was of course the Pope and half the country showed up for mass in the park. Such a grand occasion called for something spectacular to be built, so they put up a huge cross which was a great help to the multitude as we at least knew which way to face. I think it was meant to be temporary but Ireland being Ireland back in the day, the Papal Cross got to stay and it still stands in that same spot all these years later.

Papal Cross Monument in Phoenix park

Under the Papal Cross

So what has this got to do with the monument I mentioned earlier? Well nothing really other than it’s very close to “The Monument” as we know it and in fact has become it’s own attraction with lots of people using it as a meeting point in the park.

Of course people still flock to the original monument as can be seen from this shot below taken from the steps of the monument looking down on all the people looking up!

Looking up at the monument

Looking up at the monument

So there you have my contribution to this weeks challenge. Hope you enjoy it!

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§ April 11th, 2014


Remember Zavvi in Cork? They took over from Virgin Megastore which then became Director’s Cut in The Queen’s Old Castle.

Aperture ƒ/3.5
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/25s

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§ April 8th, 2014


A small boat pulled up from the water close to Ross Castle near Killarney in Co. Kerry.

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