Weekend at the beach

I always look forward to Easter. It’s the first chance we get every year to spend some time at the beach. This year, it was absolutely freezing and at times, stormier than Donald Trump’s mistress. Here’s how it looked, over the course of 5 days.

 

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St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth

I had a little time to kill yesterday on the campus of NUI Maynooth. It’s also home to St. Patrick’s College – a Pontifical University.

Jesus is OK with the whole crucifixion thing, as long as he has an umbrella. Apparently.

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Wow. That as a foggy one. January 11th 2018. Here’s what my commute home looked like.

Through the looking-glass

I’ve taken plenty of shots of the new incinerator, looking across from Sandymount. Last night (Feb13th 2018), I stopped on the way home to snap them from the other side, looking from Grand Canal Dock. I picked up a few other shots around there too.

Beam me up

I like bikes and I like photography. Luckily, you can do both together. Here’s a timelapse of my commute on Feb 5th 2018, shot with a GoPro Hero 5.

For more of my biker shots and videos, take a look at @thejamesbike on instagram
I’ve also got an instagram account for my general photography @thejamescarr

Waiting in the dark

These cold winter nights are taking chunks out of my day. It’s too icy to take the bike, so the car/traffic alternative has me up earlier and home later. The slight up-side to that is that I’ve some time to kill, waiting for traffic to ease in the evenings before I leave Sandymount.

High Rock

I was passing through Portmarnock yesterday. The place where I grew up. On the way, I stopped on the coast road to Malahide and took a few photos at High Rock. It was quiet, being morning time, and a working day. During the 20 minutes that I was there, the weather changed from idyllic summer to apocalyptic stormy. Either way, it’s beautiful.

Golf, if you can call it that.

The Angeline Meehan Golf Classic has been an Irish International tradition since before I joined the company. It’s a bit of craic. A company day out on the golf course, or alternatively, a walk around Howth head, followed by drinks and dinner, and more drinks. The day out is a very important part of my rigorous, once a year golf practise regime.

Here’s how myself and my team mates got on this time, Friday June 30th 2017.

And for a more rounded view of the day, here’s the commemorative video I made for the 2015 event.

Happy Days

No doubt there are more beautiful places on earth, but on days like this, with company like this, I can’t think of any.

Comfortably numb

Hello, is there anybody out there?
Today on Sandymount strand.

Dublin goes green

Paddy’s Day eve. I stopped off at the Convention centre to capture a bit of green white and orange. I thought my bike was looking pretty fetching too, so I took a few snaps of that while I was there.


Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

On the second night of a night shoot last week, I took this at about 12.30am in Grand Canal Square, in front of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.

It’s a bit noisy, because the GoPro currently won’t expose longer than 1/4sec when shooting RAW. Kinda frustrating since it can stay open for 60 seconds when shooting to JPG, but hopefully they’ll sort that out with a firmware update soon.

The Dead Zoo

Looking for something to do in Dublin on Saturday, I popped in to the Natural History Museum for a while. It’s a strange little place, but interesting and worth a visit. There are only two levels currently open to the public – such a shame that the upper levels are out of bounds. Lack of funding has kept them closed since a staircase collapse in 2007, leaving a lot of amazing exhibits, such as a Dodo, off limits to the public. Apparently, there are also lots of exhibits that have never been displayed, including a Sabre-Toothed cat that has sat in a crate since it was bought in 1910. For more (depressing) detail, here’s an Irish Times article.

It’s pretty dark in there, but there’s just about enough light to get some shots. These were taken at 1600ISO at about f3.5/15thSec.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

What an incredible place. Frozen in time. There’s not that much to it – one big, magnificent space, but it’s well worth a visit and well worth allowing enough time to pore over the exquisite detail. I didn’t take the free guided tour this time, but I think I’ll go back soon and do that. It was a tough decision, whether to post the colour or black and white shots – seems a shame to eschew the rich warm tones, but I chose the more unusual, noir images this time.

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Christchurch Cathedral

Located in the heart of the medieval city of Dublin, Christ Church cathedral is one of the city’s finest buildings. Founded by the Hiberno-Norse, rebuilt by the Anglo-Normans and extensively restored in the 1870’s, the present building is an intriguing blend of original 12th and 13th century material alongside exactingly recreated Victorian Gothic features.