Soccer fans

Celtic vs. Barcelona!

The streets are full of supporters… and beer, lots of it…

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Celtic supporters in Temple Bar

A good and fun crowd 🙂

Lots of fun, even considering the final result… :/

 

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Easter rising centenary

This year marks the centenary of the Easter Rising, during which Irish Republican took up arms against the British army.

The celebration included a parade featuring Irish soldiers from many different forces.

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We tried to catch a few glimpes of the parade (which wasn’t easy due to the crowd) and here’s part of the result…

It was a very nice (and cold) day…

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I lost count of the number of sesaons we had this weekend, but look at the (double) rainbow!!! If you can’t see the second, it’s on the right… ending on the smokestacks…

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Irish Army seal of approval

Taking a short break from the rain…

Last Saturday we had a short break from the norm (you know… sunny weekdays, rainy weekends… the usual…). The sun came out on Sunday for a few hours (including a brief hailstorm in the middle of the day 😦 ).

Great day to wander the streets and discover new things about the city:

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Who knew…

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Blue skies in Dublin

Also, good chance to go out on a photowalk with like-minded people and just shoot away…

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GPO and spire

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Our main subjects were supposed to be streets and buildings, but you know how these things go…

What else to say… Great people, sun (and hail), and photos… A wonderful day 🙂 .

Happy New Year!!

Last Sunday people gathered to celebrate Chinese New Year’s at the CHQ building.

And Sunday means photowalk! So, what else to say but: HERE COMES THE MONKEY¹!

 

 

¹as in “year of the monkey”, duh!

Modena through 50mm

There aren’t many focal lengths that can claim to be as versatile as 50mm (except, of course, for 35mm, but that’s a story for another time).

On a nice November afternoon (last day at home before heading back to Ireland) I went for a 50mm walk (the lens, not the walk). Lucky for me, they had just finished working on the square in front of the Military Academy and I had the perfect chance to go check it out.

Military Academy (photo admittedly taken the evening before :) )

Military Academy (photo admittedly taken the evening before and not with a 50mm 🙂 )

There used to be a car park in the square before, and now they completely opened it and forbidden the access to cars.

Cadets returning to the Academy

Cadets returning to the Academy

Women chatting

Women chatting

Fountain

Fountain

After spending a good hour and a half just shooting the square, I moved to other parts of the city centre. My 50mm remained solidly mounted on my camera. Even though my lens is old, and battered, and noisy, and the autofocus doesn’t work that well, and the focus ring seems to be held together by glue (seriously, you should try using it) I still love it. After a while you can frame your shots without even looking through the viewfinder. You set your aperture and you know exactly what is going to be in focus and what is going to be completely unrecognizable. Set the aperture wide open and you can shoot in almost complete darkness (and get a wonderful bokeh, while you’re at that).

In the past 6-8 months my fifty has been my main lens, and it was rarely changed on my camera. It was some kind of love: I shoot with other lenses, but I always come back to it…

Smile!

Smile!

Flea market in Piazza Mazzini

Flea market in Piazza Mazzini

Just before evening, I ended up in the main square, by the cathedral. I just spent the rest of my afternoon there.

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Good day! I also managed to get a few lights and colours:

In conclusion, yeah, 50mm is a great focal length to photograph the streets and people. It allows you to be close, but not too close. It’s great if you, like me, are too shy to get very close to people you don’t know.

All things considered, it was a great day, and I found myself wondering whether my town would miss me when I’m gone…

That’s when I found this:

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Lesson learned:

You shouldn’t forget, that even if a 50mm allows you to stand a little farther from your subject, you still have to be careful not to stand out too much…

BUSTED!

BUSTED! 😳

Photowalk addiction

Having returned home for a few days and really missing my weekly photowalk, I decided to take Sunday afternoon to go on one…

I headed for the city centre, and I was pleased to see a great crowd of people taking advantage of the beautiful day. I also found out that there was a lot going on that day.

Looking for shoes

Looking for shoes

People for peace and rights

People for peace and rights

Marching for peace

Marching for peace

Sicilia viva

Sicilia viva

Lots of events ranging from a march for peace and human rights all the way to a flea market and a Sicilian food fair.

Also a good chance to visit the most iconic places of the city center…

Always nice to be back…