All Seeing Me: York Minster

§ April 23rd, 2014

The beautiful York Minster in England

A month ago we got to spend a few days in the beautiful city of York which is in the gorgeous county of Yorkshire in North East England. One of the most famous buildings in York is of course, York Minster, the fabulous Gothic Cathedral which dominates the York skyline. Photos of the outside really don’t do it justice as the decoration and stonework is simply stunning.

York Minster stonework detail

Detail over the front door

Moving inside you are greeted with an absolutely amazing building of epic proportions.

Inside York Minster

Inside the Minster

Of course a building has no soul without people so when I bumped into the Canon (or Dean or whatever he’s called) I had to get him to pose in his place of worship. He is Dr. Christopher Collingwood and he’s been at York Minster for 20 years. He told me that every day he discovers something new in the church and I could well believe him. There are so many little details inside the church that you could literally spend a month of Sundays in there and not see them all.

Dr Christopher Collingwood in York  Minster

The boss…….

Here’s an example of some of the little details within the Minster.

Detail in York Minster

Detail in York Minster

Of course this is a working church and as such is a place of worship. At one point during our visit we were called to prayer for a few minutes by an anonymous voice over the speakers and sure enough, all the tourists (including us) stopped taking photos and spent a few moments in quiet prayer.

Couple lighting candles in church

A quiet moment….

If you’re praying then you need somewhere to sit and York Minster is well equipped with seating areas….

Pew in York Minster


They’ll even supply you with bibles and prayer books to read from. Prayer books There’s a few more photos here and I’d love to hear your comments on this set – good or bad so feel free to speak your mind below!

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§ April 23rd, 2014


Some of the photographers at a fashion show in Union Square, San Francisco in 2007.

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Grannymar: My legs won’t work!

§ April 22nd, 2014

I went for a walk.
Got a hug and a kiss,
Discovered the bus times
Heard of another broken hip,

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Turning a corner in search of green fields
There were laneways and roadworks
And trees with no leaves,
Natives were friendly and curious to,
They came running to greet me
with the odd gentle Moo!

Patrick Dinneen Photography: Charles Haughey’s yacht, the Celtic Mist at Dunmore East

§ April 21st, 2014

On a visit to Dunmore East recently I went for a stroll with my camera early in the morning. Charles Haughey’s yacht, the Celtic Mist was sailing into the harbor with the sun shining down upon it.

Charles Haugheys yacht Celtic Mist

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§ 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.

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