Architecture, art, Ireland, Landscapes, Leica, Photography, photojournalism

Poolbeg Power Station Chimney Stacks: Should They Stay or Go?

There has been some debate lately as to whether the, now closed, Poolbeg Power Station chimney stacks should be demolished.

The stacks are a landmark of Dublin city, but would resources be better spent elsewhere rather than on the structural repair and upkeep of these icons? Only a few years a go Dublin’s iconic Ballymun towers were demolished. Should all iconic buildings / architectural features be preserved? One designer suggested making a skybridge, turning the stacks into a tourist attraction similar to the London Eye or Sydney Opera House. Personally, I think they should be turned into launch towers, somewhere we can fire or catapult all the corrupt politicians into outer space – which is where many of them seem to already inhabit!

What do you think?

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This photo was taken in 2010, on another icon; a Leica M6 loaded with 17yrs out of date Kodachrome.

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art, Landscapes, Leica, Photography

“Drinking The Fix”, PhotoIreland Festival 2014 Exhibition.

Three of my images have been selected to show at Drinking The Fix Exhibition, which is part of the PhotoIreland Festival 2014. The show takes place at In-Spire Galerie, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin, and runs from 10th – 25th July.

Delighted to be – once again – part of the wonderful PhotoIreland Festival.

The photos are part of a body of work made during a two year period in central Finland. These three were taken during the final throes of Winter, April/May, 2010.

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Architecture, art, Ireland, Landscapes, Photography, Vernacular architecture

Architecture Without Architects: Sand Martins

Beautiful work by these amazing little birds. They are a joy to watch. Check out the excavated dust at the bottom of the picture.SB_iphone5s_20140622_0002_web

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art, Landscapes, Photography, surfing, travel

Aerial Views of Five Well Known surf Destinations

Google Maps is a great tool for checking out the potential of new surf spots, be it near your local break, or somewhere on the other side of the world. If the image quality is good enough you can even see tiny little surfers in the water getting shacked!

Do you recognise any of the following well known surf spots?

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art, Ireland, Landscapes, Photography

Mamiya 7 Test Roll #1

My Mamiya 7 camera body has been – gathering dust on the shelf – without a lens for over a year. I recently got lucky and found a 65mm lens in good condition for a reasonable price. Delighted to see no light leaks, and shutter speeds are working fine. Images are pretty much straight out of the camera with little or no photoshopping.

I love medium format film photography.

 

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Ireland, Landscapes, Photography, photojournalism

Storm Surges at Kilmore Quay

The fishing village of Kilmore Quay is taking a real hammering lately. In fact, coastal towns all along the South and West coast of Ireland are suffering the effects of winter storms and huge swells that seem to be timing their arrival in synchronisation with spring tides. The result: Amazing display of the power of mother nature.

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I knew a set of big waves was coming in but I was too busy trying to get a good photograph. This one gave me a good soaking.

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SB_20140205_0060_webThe surges were so powerful that I couldn’t help but think of the Tsunami footage from Thailand in 2006.

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Never before have I seen such powerful torrents inside the harbour. Huge amounts of water swirled and flowed, while the boats and ropes heaved and groaned.

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SB_20140205_0187_cropThe image above is a 100% crop of the previous image. The small Saltee Island lies approximately 4km offshore. I don’t know the height of its peak, but the breaking wave looks to be at least equal to the height of the Island, which I’m guessing is around 50-100m high. The wave in the foreground is probably around 5m high.

We are due another storm this weekend. Batten down the hatches….

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Ireland, Landscapes, Photography, photojournalism

Moon Halo

Spotted late Friday night while waiting for the dog to empty its bladder! A Moon halo, also known as a 22 degrees halo. Took a few photos, but by the fourth, the halo had pretty much disappeared.

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Architecture, Landscapes, Photography, photojournalism, travel, Uncategorized

Bellagio, Italy: Pearl of Lake Como

Bellagio is a beautiful picturesque village in Northern Italy. Surrounded by amazing panoramic views of Lake Como and the Alps, it is has to be one of the most romantic places to visit when in Italy. Beautiful old buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, wonderful cafes and restaurants all make up a wonderful experience. 

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Saltee Islands, Kilmore Quay, Ireland.

SB_20131205_0005_colour_webTrying out the Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 on a Leica M9. Well-built, sharp, tiny lens. Small issue of edge colour casts when shooting this on the M9 but that can hopefully be fixed with software. Maybe a little too wide for my liking but great for dramatic landscapes.

 

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