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Small Passageways and Great Craic

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Head out the Naas Road to the M7 and visit the town Kilkenny in Ireland; one of my favorite destinations on the Emerald Isle.  Known mostly for Kilkenny Castle, there are a lot of great restaurants and shops for you to frequent.  My favorite place to grab lunch on your excursion is Ristorante Rinuccini just down the street from the Castle  Rinuccini is a multi-year Bridgestone award winner and brought a smile to face.  Be sure to take in the castle (one of the best to see in Ireland) and grab some lunch afterward!

  • Aperture: ƒ/4.1
  • Focal length: 12.2mm
  • ISO: 213
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s

Written by Chris

December 12th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

My Wife Hates This Picture

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My wife hates this picture.  Personally, I like these type of intimate pictures that capture folks unassuming.  The randomness captures people acting natural and what was really happening at the time the photo was taken.  On the other hand, my wife says these pictures are just plain creepy and that I am a stalker for taking them.  Thoughts?  Care to chime in on our marital discourse? 

Philadelphia

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Focal length: 55mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s

Written by Chris

December 5th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Running the Gauntlet

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This shot is a view down between two buildings which was outside the view of the guard towers. The alley was a handy short cut for prisoners but very dangerous.  Because the area was secluded it was easy to get stabbed with a shank (a handmade weapon) from hidden doorways. 

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  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Focal length: 18mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/25s

Written by Chris

November 14th, 2012 at 6:00 am

Prison Silhouette

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November 10th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

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New Portfolio’s Added and Other Stuff

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Just added two new portfolio’s for your viewing pleasure. One for Weavers Orchard in Morgantown, PA and Philly Photo Day which was 26 Oct 2012.  I’m working on adding the ability to order pictures from my website, so keep on the look out for that announcement just in time for Christmas :).  Check out Weavers Orchard and Philly Photo Day websites.

Here’s a bonus photo of the day from Weavers that was a lot of fun to work with:

Written by Chris

October 30th, 2012 at 11:24 am

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Reading WWII Airshow

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If you are a history buff and/or an aircraft aficionado, The WWII Weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, PA is for you.  This is the biggest, that I know of,  gathering of vintage aircraft and war re-enactment in the country and is worth every penny of admission.  Vintage aircraft range from the P-51 Mustang to the last flying B-29 Super Fortrest.  The weekend also includes a recreation of a Belgium Village complete with an Allied liberation re-enactment.  Held yearly on Memorial Day weekend at the Reading Regional Airport PA, a little over an hour  from Philadelphia PA. (http://www.maam.org/)

  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

Written by Chris

October 1st, 2012 at 6:00 am

Trinity Bikes

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Trinity College in Dublin Ireland is one of those great old European institutions of higher learning founded in 1592 that we Americans often romanticism about attending; strolling the grounds learning about philosophy and the great writers.  The university campus is located in the heart of city center Dublin and boast amazing architectural.  The campus is open the public and is home to the Book of Kells, a Latin manuscript of the four gospels dating from ca. 800.  Trinity can boast of famous alumni such as:

  • Writer Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels
  • Physicist Ernest Walton who won the Nobel Prize for his work on the atom
  • Playwright Samuel Beckett, Nobel Prize for literature
  • Philosophers George Berkeley and Edmund Burke

Trinity College is a must see for your visit to the Irish capitol.

Trinity College Dublin

  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Focal length: 55mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s

Written by Chris

September 28th, 2012 at 6:00 am

Baltimore Harbor

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I took this while celebrating the 200th aniversary of the War of 1812 and the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore harbor.

Like this photo?  Recommend my facebook page to a friend, and if they like my page I’ll send you a free 8×10.

Baltimore harbor

  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Focal length: 260mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s

Written by Chris

September 26th, 2012 at 6:00 am

Free Photo Of The Week: The Main Line

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The Mainline, an area of the Philadelphia suburbs, is named for the rail line that once took influential people out to their summer homes.  The rail lines are still there and service is now provided by Amtrak and SEPTA.  Today, instead of steam, the railroads use electric to power their trains. This of course is great for photo composition and finding leading lines.

Philly Main Line

Click here to download the free photo of the day

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Focal length: 30mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s

Written by Chris

September 25th, 2012 at 6:00 am

Can You Name This Arch?

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First picture of black and white week!  I love black and white; I love how honest things become and the emotion that is uncovered in this medium. This particular arch revealed a lot of detail when I converted it to black and white in the stone on and in front of the arch.  But to me the way the shadows drap across the structure give it a lot of character that you would lose in color.  I took this in one of my favorite places in the Philly area, first person to recognize it and post the name gets a free copy of the photo!

  • Aperture: ƒ/13
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s

Written by Chris

September 24th, 2012 at 6:00 am