So we found ourselves in the Galway Christmas Markets a couple of weeks back. This was a camera club outing on the Saturday so naturally myself and Lorraine had to make a weekend out of it so we headed down on Friday night and stayed until Monday – as you do! Friday night saw us head into town, grab a bottle of plonk, make our way back to the hotel in time to watch Ryan and the Late Late Toy Show which was brilliant! Of course you can’t watch the telly nowadays without having Twitter on at the same time so while we were engrossed with Ryan entertaining the kids, the Twitter machine was keeping us updated with the awful tragedy in Glasgow and that horrible helicopter crash. Our daughter lives only a short hop from the Clutha Pub and it was a friend of her boyfriend who posted the first picture on twitter saying he’d spent the last 20 minutes pulling people from the pub. That picture was the one shown on all the TV stations. Awful stuff.
Anyway back to our trip to Galway and the annual Christmas Markets which have become hugely popular over the past few years. The markets are set up on Eyre Square and are basically made up of hats, crafts, food, hats, junk, hats and drink. There’s a lot of hats……
The food is good though and there are plenty of stalls selling everything from coffee to cakes to burgers to pretzels and of course the obligatory German Sausage.
Cooking ze sausages
Now there’s one thing that annoys me as a photographer and that is when you take a photo of someone, in this case the guy cooking the sausages, and he then demands money for taking his photo! He wanted a tenner from me and to be honest I came close to leaning across the counter and giving him a good slap in the mouth. This is not the first time I’ve encountered this. I remember taking a photo of a girl selling hats (more hats) on a stall near Temple Bar and the next thing this guy from the another stall starts demanding money on behalf of the girl! I wasn’t even taking his photo and he starts demanding money. Good thing I’m fairly laid back because he deserved a good slap!
Back to Galway and the Markets. Next up was the Pretzel stall and I tried one of these. I suspect this Pretzel stall is sponsored by a beer company because the pretzel I got was unbelievably salty and all I wanted to do afterwards was drink!
If Carlsberg did pretzels….
Chimney Cake. WTF is Chimney Cake? I’d never heard of it but there was a stall selling freshly baked Chimney cake and it seemed to be very popular.
Making the Chimney Cake
Every time I passed the stall there was a queue for this cake. Not being a cake eater I didn’t try it but I can only assume it was good as the queue lasted well into the evening.
Queuing for chimney cake
I mentioned the food and the hats so I mustn’t forget the junk. This time it was the religious junk, just like the tacky crap you see for sale in Knock.
Well Holy God…
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On a photography forum that I frequent they have regular competitions/challenges and the current one is entitled Negative Space. I was driving to work and trying to think of a suitable photo and noticed my car petrol light came on. Bingo, it represented negative space perfectly I thought.
Keep The Car Running is a song title from Arcade Fire
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link to account in Africa – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1033553/?page=1
pic of statue in dublin – http://www.visitdublin.com/SeeAndDo/Detail.aspx?id=250&mid=2625
wap info – http://wapedia.mobi/en/Thomas_Heazle_Parke
A derelict house on the Lower Glanmire Road in Cork as it existed in 2004, almost ten years ago. Now there’s a bridge across the road nearby obscuring this view and the house is boarded up.
House on Lower Glanmire Road, Cork originally appeared on In Photos dot Org.
Important Information for all Mallow Camera Club Members.
Monday 9th December
On Monday 9th December instead of the regular meeting we have guest speakers Anne Greiner and Rod Wheelans from Scotland attending the club. The evening starts at 8 p.m., there will be a charge of €5 per person on the night. This should be a very interesting, entertaining and informative evening. Please bring along a guest with you. See previous post for more information.
Photographic Exhibiton at MPHC
The Mallow Camera Club Exhibition of Photography will be launched in the Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre on Wednesday night, 18th December. Please put this date into your diary as it will be a great night for the club. Your family and friends will be very welcome to the reception, and the exhibition will stay in MPHC unitl January. We are looking for members to make mince pies for the reception so if you can help with this task please let Vivien Buckley know on Monday evening.
Each member is requested to exhibit 3 images, please bring them along on next Monday evening if you already have them printed and mounted. If you need your images printing and mounting then bring them on a CD or memory stick to give in on Monday evening, or send them by email to email@example.com, all images need to have titles. There will be a charge of €11 for each mounted print, the prints will be returned to you at the completetion of the exhibition.
The club Christmas Dinner is on Monday 16th Dec in Springfort Hall at 7:30 p.m. If you have not already booked your place and would like to go to the dinner and entertainment please give you name to Treasurer Margaret McAuliffe on Monday evening. Friends and partners are also invited to attend the dinner. The cost of the 3 course dinner is €26 per person.
One from a few months back. Automattic held their annual grand meetup in California this year and we split our time between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. On our final night in Santa Cruz there was a small party for everyone and fire dancers appeared to entertain us. I was across the poll from them and guessed a long exposure might work better than an instant of time frozen by a brazen flash in the dark!
Fire Dancers in Santa Cruz originally appeared on In Photos dot Org.
I walked around Blarney Castle this morning. It was around 2C and it felt it when I was in the shade but the rising sun was glorious and warmed the Castle in a lovely way.
Blarney Castle in the Sun originally appeared on In Photos dot Org.
A derelict cottage in Connemara.
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