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.




A board working it’s way loose on an old wooden fishing boat sitting on some very mushy seaweed in West Cork. Waiting to meet it’s maker? Either that or the future owner of the land it’s sitting on is in for a very large surprise.

Blog Awards Photoblog Long List


Oh dear, it would appear further inside information on the 2008 Irish Blog Awards long lists has leaked from Award HQ. The list is posted here, but for those of you that loathe following links, I’ll be good enough to swipe it and re-post it here.

That’s some list. I’m glad to see that alot of the people I previously tipped to be on the list are there and of course I’m relieved to see myself there; Although I’d be awestruck if I made it to the shortlist. Most of the list is populated by people I don’t even recognise so I suppose that makes me an old dog in the Irish photoblogging scene. I’d keep up with all the newbies but hey.. y’know what they say about not being able to teach old dogs…

Salt N’ Peppa


Salt N' Peppa

No, not a 1980’s hip hop group, this time it’s rather scary looking condiment holders. Here they are, posing for a little challenge on I could swear that sometimes when I open the cupboard, the white one is giving me the evil eye.

The great Canon sale of 2008


Time has come to shed some gear and re-invest. So, with that in mind..

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Canon 20D for sale. Approx 15k actuations on the shutter. Has seen very little use since I bought a 30D. It’s essentially my backup camera. Also included is the kit lens (18-55mm EF-S), battery grip (complete with AA battery caddy (power the camera using 6 AA batteries instead of the BP-511 battery pack).

Everything that was in the box is included. Manuals, charger, cables (most of which are still in original plastic), software etc.. Also throwing in a couple of 1GB memory cards. Also, for whoever pays the asking price of €700, I’ll throw in a very little used 50mm f1.8 prime lens. Can’t say fairer than that…

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Also for sale is my Sigma 24-70 f2.8 EX. Very sharp, fast and built like a tank. It’s got a small mark on the barrel, some of the coating was rubbed off but it in no way impacts on the performance of the lens. In fact you’d barely notice the mark unless you were looking for it.

Happy 2008 to all…


The start of another year is upon us (well, a few days ago) and as has become the norm nowadays, it’s nominatin’ time again. Damien (again working tirelessly) is already formulating a plan for the 2008 blog awards. As a change of pace this year, instead of nominating my now pseudo-photoblog, I urge you to instead take a few minutes to browse the list of massively award worthy folks below and give them your vote instead.

And an astounding photographer that deserves an award but would probably tell you to feck off if he was nominated for one…

That’s just a quick browse through my most visited links. There are too many new photobloggers around now to keep up with, so instead I’m being a bit backward, enjoying my little darkened cave and sticking with the ones I know. Either way, any of the above deserve your nomination.

Me, well I hope this year will be filled with more commercial work but hopefully will still leave me with enough time to get out and capture more landscapes than I’ve been able to in the last couple of months. 2008 is also going to be the year I finally develop a workflow and so end up spending a hell of a lot less time on the computer and more time filling the memory cards. Having said that, I’m sure I’ll still be saying the same once 2009 comes around. Anyway, have a good one!

Briefly in Kinsale


First of all, thanks to everyone that wished me a happy Christmas. Given how slack updates have been here over the past few months, I’ll take this opportunity to say “Happy New Year” in case I don’t come back until January. Now…

While poncing around Kinsale a few weeks back and, admittedly having picked up the camera (for fun) for the first time in many moons, I took a few minutes to stroll around the dock and see what I could see. Kinsale has always been a great spot for birds and I know some day I’m going to see someone down there with a 600mm lens sitting in a hide on the side of the pier. Lest I allow myself to get anymore distracted;


Work on the Camoflage

So, herons as usual. As with any birds that spend quite an amount of time in built up areas, this one allowed me to get quite close before eventually retreating to a boat further out in the bay. With my business in the gallery concluded, I took a drive out to nearby Garrettstown. This was during the so called ‘big storm’ that hit a few weeks back and threw waves of 30ft and over onto the west coast. I’d gotten reports of huge swells in Sligo, Galway and Kerry, so I figured it might be worth the 10 minute trip out to the beach to see if there was any risky surfing action afoot. No, just a couple of women chatting on the beach…

Meet at the beach

To have a wild guess on their conversation, I’d have to assume it went along the lines of “Jaays Bridie, will ya look at that quare fecker up there taking photos of us paddling” to which Bridie replied “Ah now Mary, I’ve been smoking pot all day, I can’t even see past me own toes”. Or maybe not.

Some things you just can’t escape from…


It’s baaaaaaack… Or at least it will be at the end of January 2008.

Position available; this time for real.


I’m going to come back shortly (given it’s now been almost a month since my last update) with a post summing up the year… But until then;

The company I work for is shortly going to be looking for a technical support rep to handle support calls in a helpdesk role. The position is based in Cork and is Monday to Friday, 9am to 5:30pm. What you’ll absolutely have to have;

  • Strong Windows experience
  • Fair Linux experience
  • Good networking (LAN & WAN)
  • Knowledge of backup software
  • Strong troubleshooting skills
  • Good command of the English language

What’d be good to have;

  • Knowledge of desktop & server hardware
  • Experience configuring and troubleshooting printers in a standalone and network environment
  • And about a thousand other things I can’t think of right now…

The company deals mainly with the motor industry and has a large customer base in Ireland and the UK. The product is client/server based, each customer has an onsite server running Linux along with anything from 1 to 50 Windows PC’s and assorted printers which need to be supported.

No idea of money, but if you’re interested, send me an email to mail [at] rymus [dot] net and I can offer further details and hopefully answer any questions.

Getting all technical; Cabling the house


In a slight distraction from all the photo related stuff (well, this is slightly photo related) I’m looking at cabling the house with cat5e so I can eventually install a fairly large nas drive on a gigabit network that’ll be accessible wherever I want it. At the moment I have an airport extreme router with a 1tb drive in raid 1 plugged into it. I reckon it gets me around 300mbit but it’s still quite sluggish when moving gigs of photos around and I’m guessing it’s going to crap out on me some day when I least expect it. A simple external hard drive is not meant to be left on 24/7 like a more expensive NAS is!

So, I need to run network cabling for approximately 20 points around the house. I figure I’ll go a bit mad with the number of points I’m installing to cater for future gizmo’s I’ll no doubt end up buying. Then I can relocate all the routers and various network gear to a cabinet I’ll install into the attic, cleaning up a few shelves in my already crowded with camera gear office. So, my requests are simple… Does anyone know…

1. Anyone that knows a bit about installing cabling into existing buildings. I’m prepared to have some ducting showing (primarily because I don’t want to tear all the plaster off the walls). I’ve got all the cable myself so I’m after advice more than anything. Although it someone want’s to quote me I’m more than happy to listen.

2. Where can I get networking gear & various bits & bobs cheaply. I know I can get cabinet, patch panels and wall outlets from a local supplier. I can get ducting from a local large electrical supplier for somewhat cheaper than B&Q are charging.

3. How I go about completing a neat job?!?

The idea is to do it before anymore of the house gets painted in case I have to start knocking holes in walls. It’s also probably a good idea to do it before the attic gets floored sometime next year. I was hopeful at first that I’d be able to run the cabling next to the existing TV cable, but due to what must have been an electrician severely lacking in depth perception, I find I’m unable to proceed with that plan. I know it’s a very very bad idea to run cabling outside the house and not a good idea to run cat5 next to power cables… but what about next to plumbing? So many questions, so don’t want to pay a fortune to get them!

So, unless anyone has any advice for me, I’ll just crack on with a drill and a hammer over the Christmas break. I had thought about putting in cat6, but it’s too damn expensive. I figure cat5e will serve gigabit ethernet perfectly well for my needs anyway. Next post, once all this is done, will possibly be a way to cool the cabinet in the sauna of an attic we have. Or maybe not. Guess I won’t be putting anything hugely heat sensitive into it anyway.

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