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The Old Crate

Crate again

Crouched down, waited for the wave to surround the crate before making a mad dash so my socks would stay someway dry. I can’t decide if I like the colour or black & white version better. First I preferred the b&w, now the colour. Not too sure though…

Took these on a trip around Skibbereen after taking the suggestion of ‘ooh take that road’. Proof once more (as if you ever needed it) that every trip to west Cork can yield a new experience.

Crate B&W

On a somewhat related note (and in perfect timing) I ordered my sparkly new Canon 24-70L today after successfully selling my Sigma 24-70 last week. I reckon it’s currently about 30,000 feet over Asia, making it’s way to me. Should be picking it up on Wednesday.

Halina 35X

Halina 35X

I was given this fairly decent condition Halina 35X some years ago by an elderly neighbour but what with all the moves and messing around, it’s sat in the oddly clean part of my car (just behind the drivers seat) for the last two years or so. I’ll admit to not knowing much about the camera, other than what I’ve just read in the wiki link above. I certainly didn’t think it was almost 50 years old!

Halina 35X

At the moment I’m going through another one of those phases where I’d like to get an old manual camera (although possibly not as old as this one) and shoot a few rolls of black & white. Was thinking of a cheap Canon AE-1; There seems to be an abundance of them on eBay. Or, I could just get a roll or two and see if the light seals on this old thing are still intact.

Slippery Step Down

Descending in Knockomagh

I originally liked this photo after processing it. But now, the more I look at it, the more I dislike it. I suppose I should stop looking at it so.

Walking back down the hill in Knockomagh Woods at Lough Hyne (Ine?) near Skibbereen in west Cork. Haven’t done that climb for a while so thankfully it was a hell of a lot easier this time. Although I did have significantly less camera gear with me than before. The view from the top is wonderful but not so much during this climb because of the thick layer of fog and mist that sat just on top of the hill. Still, it was nice to get out and get some fresh air I suppose…

Oh.. and to all my readers, enjoy the rest of “lovin’ day”. I know I quite possibly might somehow manage to do so after the last exam tonight.

Switch

Switchgear

Some of the old signal switchgear removed from the tracks at the abandoned train station in Mogeely, east Cork. It’s somewhere I’ve been meaning to stop for a while so the added incentive of roadworks on the main Cork – Waterford road and the handy diversion sealed the deal. It’s an odd spot. Not exactly what you’d think of when you imagine the term ‘abandoned’. After all, the station is in the middle of the town.

Now, less of this distraction. I’ve got about half a dozen chapters of various Cisco routing twaddle to look at before exams tonight. Oh how I love theory. Mmmm Hmm!

Almost Forgotten

Tangle

Given that I’ve got a few sets of images taken over the weekend to process, I decided that instead of doing one set at once, I’d do one image from each and finish up later in the week. This was taken in a small graveyard outside Skibbereen in west Cork. An easy place to find (although granted we weren’t looking for it at the time) so I’ll easily be able to find my way back there should the desire strike me. It’s overgrown, old and the kind of place where many of the graves are marked simply by a large flat stone. No identifiable engravings, no fancy marble or limestone, just big flat rocks.

So, shortlists are out for the blog awards and I’m pleased to see I’m on it along with a few fellow boardsies. The short list is in fact a very long list if you look down through it. I’m not terribly pushed about who gets through to the final list but I think I’ll stay quiet on the subject of who I’m tipping to win at the moment. If I’m right, I’ll buy myself a pint on the night of the awards to celebrate!

First of the year

Bouquet

[insert motivational phrase here]. Something like ‘start as you mean to go on’ maybe? Is that motivational? These are two shots from the resulting haul of photos from my first wedding of the year and as you’ve figured out by now, my first wedding with a 5D. I’m pretty happy with the results, my good shot to junk shot ratio is tilting in a favourable way. It’s getting to feel now that I no longer have to take 6 shots of a particular scene to get one good one. The 30D was relegated to my shoulder all day. The first wedding I’ve done with only one camera. There was still a bit of lens swapping going on. Moved between the 70-200 f2.8IS and the 50 f1.8 a bit.

Overall a very positive move, even if some of the gadgeteers are scoffing that the 5D is two year old technology. It’s still better than alot of current cameras. Definitely the best camera I’ve used so far. So good in fact that my financial controller has sanctioned the acquisition of at least one new lens. It’s a red letter day in the rymus household.

Pew

So why only fairly generic detail shots? Where are the portraits and the candid moments caught by this now increasingly motivated second shooter? I’m fairly hesitant to start posting full results from weddings to flickr (or anywhere online for that matter). Ok so I still own the copyright and all that legal stuff but I’m unwilling to deal with any complaints that may surface from anyone seeing themselves on my flickr stream or this blog.

When time becomes freer, I will be updating my own website with a portfolio of wedding shots. I think they’d be more suited there in a portfolio format than being posted on flickr perhaps… Opinions?

A little bit of fluff

Fluff

Trilo, at the top of the stairs waiting to be given out to. Anyone would think I’m just a mean person at heart. It’s a traditional thing to take a photo of a pet, normally a cat immediately after the acquisition of a new bit of photography hardware. I didn’t have a cat handy, so I cornered the dog and took a couple. Fear not though, she did get a tasty doggy biscuit as reward.

I’ve been inspecting the results from the first wedding I shot with the 5D last weekend and I’m massively impressed. Took 840 and for the first time ever, I got over 50% keepers. Closer to 68% I’d say… So then I make a call to see how many photos I have to deliver, and that magic number turns out to be 60. D’oh. Time to do some editing…

Cannibal

Cannibal

Truly horrific! Pictured on Fountainstown beach, among the corpses of many other such cans that seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. One can only assume that they devoured each-other in a midnight orgy of cannibalism. Ok, I’ll get my coat…

Quiet Night In

Quiet Night In

It’s basic, it’s quick & dirty but I appreciate it. I came home from work tonight quite tired (I love unpaid overtime) and decided to do nothing but watch bad TV, drink the rest of the bottle of wine in the fridge and take the odd glance at the internet. Oh, and mess around with my newest baby, a 5D. Let’s just say I finally fully appreciate my cheapest lens, the 50mm f1.8 (or nifty fifty/plastic fantastic). I promised myself I’d buy one if nothing new was announced at PMA. Justified in that the amount of weddings I’ll be doing with it this year make it a worthwhile upgrade from the 20D. It’s not that I like spending money, I’ve just gotten used to it over the years…

Back at Gougane

Gougane Barra

Toward the end of yet another tour around West Cork, we ended up (in quite good time) back at Gougane Barra. I had the intention of trying to re-create a previous shot, albeit this time during the rapidly failing light. It was great to be down there again, all the better that there was nobody around. Allowed me to break out the tripod and take a few long exposure shots.

Later on this year, I intend on organising a meetup/photo-tour kind of event that’ll take in a few choice spots in West Cork. Keep watching this space for more details.