Archive for November, 2006

That bloody project, updated!

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Some months ago, a devilish idea sprung forth from my brain and lept onto this blog. It was, of course, “Another Bloody Project“. The idea was, if you haven’t already read it, to use money I got from selling photos to fund the purchase of a lens I’d been lusting after; a Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS.

So time rolled on and money kept coming in somewhat steadily but fingers got itchy (as they do). I decided to throw a couple of hundred quid into the kitty, then a few more hundred and then a couple of euro more. So, as you may have guessed, I now have this monster of a lens sitting next to me…

The new member of the family

So first the good. It’s big, it’s built like a warship and its fast. It looks the business and has more switches on it than in some nuclear power plants. It’s my first image stabilized lens and also my first ‘L’ lens. I love it. Problem being that one L breeds a desire for further L’s. As many photographers say, once you get the first it’s all downhill from there. Downhill for your bank balance that is.

Now the bad and more of the same unfortunately. Although it got from Hong Kong to Cork in two days, it took almost as long to get from the Cork depot into my hands. What annoys me the most is that when I now check the tracking information on the FedEx website, it tells me the address I supplied was incorrect. Translate that roughly as the driver didn’t know where he was and couldn’t be bothered looking for the house or ringing for directions. Sadly this seems to be par for the course with the FedEx agent in Ireland. Or at least Cork.

More bad news; now that I actually have this thing in my hands, proceeding to ‘phase 2′ of my project is painful. I’ll retain my willpower for now and confirm that I will carry on with the project. No, I’m not going to release any details of it yet, you’ll just have to stay tuned to see how I get on.

More bad news! This was my Christmas present to myself. It’s feckin’ November!?! Ah balls, it’s going to be a lean Christmas. I’ll be back with further updates!

Donadea Park

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Dead & Wet

The results of a recently organised boards.ie trip to Donadea Forest Park in Kildare. It was an overcast, rainy day but a good day for a walk in the park none the less.

Poser on the marble

Ample opportunity for photos of golden coloured autumnal leaves and the odd bug, as above, that clung to the parks statues and monuments. It wasn’t long before the drizzling rain became altogether too much to handle for some and minds turned to talk of the pub. My mind turned to thoughts of sleep, having lifted myself and the better half from bed at 6am for the drive to Kildare.

Colours of Autumn #3

After a very welcome snack courtesy of Ed’s missus (cheers for that Ed’s missus) and some 1Ds fiddling courtesy of Bobby, we headed onward to Dublin to rest before the night out. The following mornings weather was far superior and so a few of us took the opportunity to get some exercise and a few more photos.

The original Italian Job

Abandoned Class

That’d be about it. All of the Dublin shots were taken along a few hundred meter stretch of canal in Rathmines. How’s that for a pretty useless fact? There’s plenty more of this kind of thing around on Flickr, should you feel the need to have a poke around.

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