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EXPLORING LAYTOWN AND BETTYSTOWN

SATURDAY 11 MAY 2024

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WHY NOT EXPLORE BELFAST CITY

I FREQUENTLY VISIT BELFAST AS I LIKE IT

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MY FIRST VISIT TO PALMERSTOWN VILLAGE

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CHAPELIZOD AND PHOENIX PARK

SLIDE SHOWS

THE APRIL 2024 PHOTO COLLECTION

SLIDE SHOWS

ALL FORMS OF PUBLIC ART

THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS

CELTIC CROSSES

CELTIC CROSSES

The Celtic Cross is a form of Christian cross featuring a nimbus or ring that emerged in Ireland, France, and Great Britain in the Early Middle Ages.

It’s essentially a Latin cross with a nimbus surrounding the intersection of the arms and stem. The form gained new popularity during the Celtic Revival of the 19th century.

The shape, usually decorated with interlace and other motifs from Insular art, became popular for funerary monuments and other uses, and has remained so, spreading well beyond Ireland.

In Ireland, Celtic crosses are a common sight in cemeteries, and also in regions evangelised by Irish missionaries. They are seen as a symbol of Irish culture and heritage.

The history of Irish Celtic crosses stretches back through centuries and they have become a much sought-out feature on the Irish landscape. Whether you are Catholic or Protestant, the Celtic Cross has a meaning that goes beyond simple sectarian divisions in Ireland.

In Glasnevin Cemetery, Celtic crosses are a predominant design found in the cemetery. In Mount Jerome, there are some Celtic crosses, but they are not as numerous. This could be due to different historical and cultural practices.

In Britain, the Celtic cross emerged during the Early Middle Ages, between the 5th and 8th centuries, in Ireland and surrounding regions.

It is believed to have evolved from earlier forms of crosses, including the ringed cross. Possible countries of origin are Ireland, Wales, Gaelic Ireland, England, Britain, and Scotland.

In Scotland, the term ‘Celtic Cross’ first appears in the 1800s with the Celtic revival. Although there are examples of freestanding stone Celtic crosses that date back to the 8th century.

On the Isle of Man, Celtic crosses are integral to the realm of insular art, a unique form of British art that flourished during the post-Roman period.

The Celtic Cross on Grosse Île is a lasting memorial to those who died on Grosse Île in 1847, both the immigrants and those who tried to help them.

In the USA, the Celtic cross is seen as a symbol of Christianity, with pagan associations.

It is also a recognised sign of Irish identity, standing near what was the site of the first Irish parish in Canada.

The Celtic Cross is also seen as a symbol of national identity for many people of Irish or Scottish descent worldwide.

In Canada, the Celtic Cross is a memorial in Ottawa, erected to commemorate the workers and their families that died building the Rideau Canal between 1826 and 1832. The Celtic cross in the churchyard is considered one of the most important and significant crosses on the island.

In conclusion, the Celtic Cross is a symbol that has transcended its religious origins to become a symbol of cultural identity and heritage in many parts of the world. Its prevalence in different regions can vary due to historical, cultural, and religious factors.
essy, a bit inconvenient, but undeniably alive.


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Parnell Square

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Soft Toys

Soft Toys

CELTIC CROSSES

CELTIC CROSSES

The Celtic Cross is a form of Christian cross featuring a nimbus or ring that emerged in Ireland, France, and Great Britain in the Early Middle Ages.

It’s essentially a Latin cross with a nimbus surrounding the intersection of the arms and stem. The form gained new popularity during the Celtic Revival of the 19th century.

The shape, usually decorated with interlace and other motifs from Insular art, became popular for funerary monuments and other uses, and has remained so, spreading well beyond Ireland.

In Ireland, Celtic crosses are a common sight in cemeteries, and also in regions evangelised by Irish missionaries. They are seen as a symbol of Irish culture and heritage.

The history of Irish Celtic crosses stretches back through centuries and they have become a much sought-out feature on the Irish landscape. Whether you are Catholic or Protestant, the Celtic Cross has a meaning that goes beyond simple sectarian divisions in Ireland.

In Glasnevin Cemetery, Celtic crosses are a predominant design found in the cemetery. In Mount Jerome, there are some Celtic crosses, but they are not as numerous. This could be due to different historical and cultural practices.

In Britain, the Celtic cross emerged during the Early Middle Ages, between the 5th and 8th centuries, in Ireland and surrounding regions.

It is believed to have evolved from earlier forms of crosses, including the ringed cross. Possible countries of origin are Ireland, Wales, Gaelic Ireland, England, Britain, and Scotland.

In Scotland, the term ‘Celtic Cross’ first appears in the 1800s with the Celtic revival. Although there are examples of freestanding stone Celtic crosses that date back to the 8th century.

On the Isle of Man, Celtic crosses are integral to the realm of insular art, a unique form of British art that flourished during the post-Roman period.

The Celtic Cross on Grosse Île is a lasting memorial to those who died on Grosse Île in 1847, both the immigrants and those who tried to help them.

In the USA, the Celtic cross is seen as a symbol of Christianity, with pagan associations.

It is also a recognised sign of Irish identity, standing near what was the site of the first Irish parish in Canada.

The Celtic Cross is also seen as a symbol of national identity for many people of Irish or Scottish descent worldwide.

In Canada, the Celtic Cross is a memorial in Ottawa, erected to commemorate the workers and their families that died building the Rideau Canal between 1826 and 1832. The Celtic cross in the churchyard is considered one of the most important and significant crosses on the island.

In conclusion, the Celtic Cross is a symbol that has transcended its religious origins to become a symbol of cultural identity and heritage in many parts of the world. Its prevalence in different regions can vary due to historical, cultural, and religious factors.
essy, a bit inconvenient, but undeniably alive.


Findlater's Church

Findlater's Church

Snowman 1 March 2024

Snowman 1 March 2024

Demolition Dave

Demolition Dave

Morning Star Avenue

Morning Star Avenue

2016 Photo Blog

2016 Photo Blog

Exploring Limerick

Exploring Limerick

Archives

Archives

Christmas 2023

Christmas 2023

General Discussion

General Discussion


Street Art: A Global Tapestry of Urban Expression

Street art explodes across the globe, a vibrant and defiant form of expression that knows no borders. It transforms our public spaces into ever-evolving galleries, challenging perceptions and sparking conversations from Dublin to Delhi, São Paulo to Sydney.

The Diverse Forms of International Street Art

Stencils: This quick and impactful technique remains a favourite for its speed and potential for social critique, as seen in the work of globally celebrated artists like Banksy. Street art stencils address diverse themes from politics to pop culture.

Murals: Grand-scale murals add splashes of colour and thought-provoking messages to cityscapes. Artists like Brazil's Eduardo Kobra create incredible pieces with hyper-realistic portraits, while others favour abstract or socially-conscious themes.

Paste-ups: From witty one-liners to large-scale portraits, paste-ups bring pre-made images to the streets. They provide a platform for emerging artists and offer a quick way to spread messages.

Stickers: A testament to DIY creativity, stickers carry slogans, humour, and artistic expression. They pop up everywhere, forming a diverse, miniature artwork ecosystem within cities.

Yarn Bombing: This joyful movement softens harsh urban landscapes with colourful knitted and crocheted creations. It's playful yet powerful, a reminder that art can be found in unexpected materials.

Guerrilla Sculptures: Sculptors break free from traditional galleries, placing thought-provoking installations throughout public spaces. They range from small, cheeky interventions to towering, interactive pieces.

The Heart of Street Art

Beyond technique, street art's power lies in its purpose:

Global Dialogue: Artists address universal issues like inequality, environmental concerns, or the struggle for freedom. They create a shared visual language that transcends borders.

Challenging Norms: Street art pushes boundaries, questioning authority and reclaiming public space. It gives a voice to the marginalised and amplifies community perspectives.

Unexpected Beauty: Sometimes it's simply about celebrating beauty in overlooked places. Artists inject vibrancy and surprise into the everyday.
The Irish Street Art Scene

Ireland boasts its own dynamic street art movement:

Northern Ireland: Belfast's Hit The North festival brings renowned international artists, while also fostering homegrown talent. Murals in both Belfast and Derry/Londonderry often reflect the region's unique history and ongoing social conversations.

Republic of Ireland: Dublin, Cork, Limerick and other cities showcase works by artists like Maser, whose colourful, geometric pieces bring a sense of optimism and unity. Waterford Walls festival attracts global artists, turning the city into a stunning open-air gallery.
Constant Evolution

Street art, like the cities it inhabits, is forever changing. New artists emerge, techniques evolve, and technology adds new dimensions. This ephemeral art movement reflects the pulse of our times, demanding to be noticed, debated, and ultimately, experienced.

2024 Photo Blog

2024 Photo Blog

Embraced Loop

Embraced Loop

Gulliver Video

Gulliver Video

November 2023

November 2023

October 2023

October 2023

January 2024

January 2024

Mulvey Park

Mulvey Park

Bird Of Paradise

Bird Of Paradise

 Mother Earth

Mother Earth

Beechmount Drive

Beechmount Drive

Gulliver Mural

Gulliver Mural

Ugly Laneway

Ugly Laneway

KILBARRACK CEMETERY

DUBLIN ROAD SUTTON

This cemetery is 6 miles from Fairview Park on the coast road to Howth. It is situated on the grounds of an old church and is still active. This cemetery is now under the care of the Fingal County Council


PHOTOGRAPHED USING A SONY A7RIV

A PREVIEW

SCULPTURE IN CONTEXT 2023

The works on display have yet to be identified and that will not happen until Thursday. Sculpture in Context is the largest sculpture exhibition in Ireland. It is an annual event organised by Sculpture in Context, an artist-led organisation, in association with the Office of Public Works and the National Botanic Gardens. The exhibition showcases the work of over 120 artists using a wide range of media, from the smallest, most intricate ceramic works to stone sculptures of monumental scale. The sculptures are displayed throughout the 50 acres of beautifully-landscaped grounds of the National Botanic Gardens, creating a unique and inspiring experience for visitors. The 2023 exhibition will run from September 7 to October 13. The opening hours are from 10am to 6pm, seven days a week. Admission is free.


PHOTOGRAPHED 2 SEPTEMBER 2023

RINGSEND LIBRARY

AN ART DECO BUILDING BY ROBERT SORLEY LAWRIE

Ringsend Public Library is an art deco style public library in Ringsend, Dublin designed by Robert Sorley Lawrie working in the city architect's office under Horace O'Rourke.


PHOTOGRAPHED 25 AUGUST 2023

STREET ART TRIBUTE TO SINEAD O'CONNOR

LOCATED ON DAME LANE

Emmalene Blake (ESTR) is an artist based in Dublin, Ireland. Since graduating from Dublin Institute of Technology with an Honour’s Degree in Fine Art in 2012, Emmalene has been honing her craft as a street artist, first painting live at an event in 2013. Since then Emmalene has painted live at many events, as well as painting commissioned pieces throughout Ireland and abroad.


DAME LANE IS OFF SOUTH GREAT GEORGE'S STREET

I WANTED TO PHOTOGRAPH THE CHURCH AT TULLY

BUT WAS SURPRISED TO DISCOVER A NEW TOWN

Today I got a tram to Laughanstown and on my arrival discovered a new complex of not fully completed roads and much to my surprise there many people waiting at the stop for the tram back to the city centre. Also, I was disappointed when I realised that the DP3 Quattro was not the most suitable camera and it did not have GPS so I have no option but to visit again within the next few days.


PHOTOGRAPHED USING A SIGMA Dp3 QUATTRO CAMERA

LIMERICK CITY AND COUNTY

NEW PHOTO BLOG

Limerick is located on the River Shannon with four main river-crossing points near the city centre. To the south of the city is the Golden Vale, an area of rich pastureland. Historically, much of the city's industry was based on this agricultural hinterland.


ALL PHOTOGRAPHS SUPPLIED BY INFOMATIQUE

PARKS AND GARDENS

PHOTOGRAPHED BY WILLIAM MURPHY

There are parks to suit all interests, from urban parks to national parks. So, whether you are looking for a place to relax, play, or explore, you are sure to find a park in Ireland that is perfect for you.


THERE IS AN AMAZING SELECTION OF PUBLIC SPACES IN IRELAND

DOLLYMOUNT BEACH

IT WAS ALMOST DESERTED

Dollymount Beach is a great place to visit for people of all ages. It's a popular spot for families, couples, and groups of friends. Whether you're looking to swim, walk, bike, bird watch, kitesurf, windsurf, or just relax, Dollymount Beach has something for everyone.


PHOTOGRAPHED USING A SONY FX30 CAMERA

IT IS LONELY HERE

WAITING FOR YOU TO VISIT

This particular site in in many ways experimental and gives me the opportunity to try out different ideas and technologies and at present my main focus is on building and operating a really fast site and that is much more complicated [and costly] that I had originally expected. "South Of The Liffey" is a super fast but very basic PhotoBlog produced by SparkleApp.


ALL PHOTOGRAPHS SUPPLIED BY INFOMATIQUE

MY SIGMA DP CAMERAS

THEY REALLY ARE UNIQUE

The Foveon X3 sensor is a digital camera image sensor designed by Foveon, Inc., (now part of Sigma Corporation) and manufactured by Dongbu Electronics.[ It uses an array of photosites that consist of three vertically stacked photodiodes. Each of the three stacked photodiodes has a different spectral sensitivity, allowing it to respond differently to different wavelengths.[2] The signals from the three photodiodes are then processed as additive color data that are transformed to a standard RGB color space.


DON'T WORRY THE SITE IS VERY FAST

THE 2023 PHOTO BLOG

A HEADLESS WORDPRESS BLOG

My main hobby is Street Photography but I have many other interests including blogging, computers and electronics in general. Currently I operate a number of websites in order to promote my interests and through my sites I have made available a really large catalog of photographs many of which are available to anyone who wishes to use them.


THIS SITE IS REALLY FAST

LEGACY SITES

NOT REALLY SUITABLE FOR MOBILES

These sites were developed using old versions of Rapidweaver and as such do not perform well if you are using a mobile device. If you are using a desktop or a laptop you should visit but otherwise select any of the recommended otions.


THE SCENIC ROUTE

MOST RECENT ADDITIONS

UPDATED WITH GREAT FREQUENCY

In 2020 I photographed a Morris 1000 at this location but it was a different colour and also had a different number plate (65-D-120018). When I last photographed this particular care it was at a different location within the same private car park.


I USED A SONY A7RIV CAMERA

New Sigma Lens

New Sigma Lens

The Sigma 500mm F/5.6 DG DN OS Sports: A Closer Look at a Super-Telephoto Powerhouse.

I have the Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS which I got at a very good price but I have only used three or four times because of its size and as it attracts way too attention attention. I am now considering the possibility of getting the Sigma

Introduction

Sigma continues its impressive expansion into native E-mount lenses with the announcement of the Sigma 500mm F/5.6 DG DN OS Sports. This super-telephoto prime lens promises to entice wildlife, sports, and aviation photographers with its combination of reach, optical performance, and a relatively approachable price point compared to similar offerings.

Let's dive into its key features and considerations before it hits shelves.

Standout Specifications

Focal Length: 500mm grants immense reach for capturing distant subjects.
Maximum Aperture: f/5.6 offers a good balance between light gathering and lens size/weight.
Optical Design: Incorporates SLD (Special Low Dispersion) and exotic fluorite-type elements for exceptional sharpness and reduced chromatic aberrations.
Autofocus: Dual Hyper-Sonic Motors (HSM) promise fast, accurate focusing, crucial for tracking action.
Optical Stabilization (OS): Compensates for camera shake, essential at this focal length.
Sports Designation: Built with dust and splash resistance for demanding environments.
Weight and Dimensions: (Insert when available) – likely lighter and more compact than many equivalents.

Why Consider the Sigma 500mm?

Reach and Resolution: Ideal for photographing subjects where getting physically closer is impossible or undesirable. Expect high detail rendition.
Affordability (relative): Sigma often sets competitive prices, likely making this more accessible than first-party super-telephotos.
Travel Potential: If its size and weight align with expectations, it could be a more travel-friendly option.

Potential Alternatives

Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS: Offers zoom flexibility at a similar price, potentially sacrificing some outright reach.
Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD: More affordable still, but also with zoom flexibility vs. the Sigma prime.
Used First-Party Lenses: Older, used 400mm or 500mm primes might be an alternative if top-tier autofocus isn't essential.
Important Considerations

Aperture: f/5.6 may necessitate higher ISOs in some lighting conditions.
Technique: 500mm demands good technique to maximize sharpness handheld. A sturdy tripod is highly recommended for extended use.
Subject Matter: Evaluate if you truly need this much reach for your primary photography interests.

Sigma's E-mount Track Record

Sigma has earned a reputation for producing high-quality, often more affordable lenses for Sony E-mount. Their Art series primes are particularly well-regarded. The Sports line prioritises performance and ruggedness, making this 500mm a logical addition.

Conclusion

While we await final specifications and real-world reviews, the Sigma 500mm F/5.6 DG DN OS Sports promises serious potential for Sony photographers needing a powerful super-telephoto lens. If Sigma delivers on performance and price, it could be a compelling choice.

Another Mural

Another Mural

Street artists in Dublin face a number of challenges, including:

Legal Restrictions and Planning Permission: Dublin City Council takes a firm stance on street art, often requiring artists to obtain planning permission before painting murals. This can be a time-consuming and bureaucratic process, discouraging spontaneous expression which is a core element of street art. Occasionally, works are removed even if the building owner has consented.

Conflicting Views on Art: While many people appreciate the vibrancy and creativity that street art brings to urban spaces, others view it as vandalism or a nuisance. This can lead to tension with authorities and property owners.

Lack of Designated Spaces: Dublin lacks sufficient dedicated spaces for street artists to legally practice their craft. This leaves artists feeling limited and makes it difficult for them to showcase their work without risking legal consequences.

Competition: Dublin has a thriving street art scene. This fosters healthy competition but can also make it difficult for artists to gain recognition and stand out, especially for newcomers to the scene.

Economic Hardship: Like many artists, street artists in Dublin often struggle financially. Their art can be a source of income, but it might be inconsistent and unpredictable, especially if they face legal hurdles or lack of public recognition.

Mural By Subset

Mural By Subset

Transformative Urban Landscapes: Subset's Street Art in Ireland

Street art often serves as a vibrant and disruptive element within an urban landscape. In Ireland, the Dublin-based art collective Subset has gained prominence for its bold and thought-provoking murals that enliven city walls. Formed over a decade ago, the group is known for its diverse range of styles and its exploration of cultural icons alongside witty social commentary.

While street art's ephemeral nature contributes to its allure, Subset's ongoing Grey Area project has highlighted the challenges artists face in Ireland. The project emerged as a response to Dublin City Council's approach to large-scale public artworks. Subset's aim is to simplify the planning processes for street artists, ultimately seeking to transform Dublin into an open-air gallery.

Among Subset's most iconic works is the 2017 mural dedicated to the grime rapper Stormzy, which graced Smithfield Plaza. The mural not only became a popular selfie spot but stood as a rare celebration of a Black artist within the Irish arts scene. Other notable Subset murals include their pieces featuring global figures like Donald Trump and David Attenborough, often infused with Subset's signature brand of bold satire.

Alongside their independent street art, Subset has collaborated with established brands, demonstrating the growing impact and recognition of street art within contemporary advertising and visual communication. As the battle for artistic freedom in urban spaces continues, Subset remains at the forefront, pushing the boundaries of the Irish street art scene.

Let me know if want me to focus on any specific examples of Subset's work.

Irish Eviction

Irish Eviction

I was aware of the original work "An Irish Eviction" by Daniel MacDonald, a powerful depiction of a family being evicted during the Great Famine (c. 1850). I knew that Adam Doyle had digitally replaced the original 19th-century figures with images of contemporary Gardaí (Irish police) and private security personnel, often seen in modern eviction scenarios.

This modern artwork ignited debate upon its resurfacing in 2023 after the Irish government ended an eviction ban. Some see it as a poignant commentary on Ireland's housing crisis and the historical trauma of evictions. Others criticise its portrayal of An Garda Síochána.

Note: Gardaí are not actively removing people from their homes during an eviction. That is typically carried out by a sheriff or private security personnel.
Many recent evictions in Ireland stem from rental properties where tenants fall into arrears. In such cases, it is less likely that the Gardaí would be involved. But I am certain that, regardless, those being evicted will be traumatised.

Doyle maintains the work highlights the emotional weight of evictions within Ireland's collective memory. He draws parallels between historical landlordism and the ongoing housing struggles faced by many Irish citizens.

Daniel MacDonald emerged from the vibrant artistic community of Cork, Ireland, in the early 19th century. The son of a caricaturist, he inherited his father's eye for detail and line, demonstrating a natural talent for drawing from a young age. Initially known for his playful pen-and-ink sketches, he captured personalities and scenes of Cork with both humour and insight. These early successes, including having etchings published as a teenager, fuelled his artistic ambition.

As he matured, MacDonald's focus shifted. He became fascinated by the lives and struggles of Ireland's ordinary people. He honed his skills in various mediums – chalks, watercolours, and oils – to portray the rural labourers and urban working class with both dignity and realism. Yet, his life and career would be indelibly marked by the tragedy of the Great Famine (1845-1849). Unlike most of his contemporaries, MacDonald confronted the devastation head-on, producing stark and haunting images that captured the despair and desperation of the starving population. His most famous work, "An Irish Peasant Family Discovering the Blight of their Store", is a devastatingly iconic image of the Famine era.

Seeking wider recognition, MacDonald and his family moved to London in the mid-1840s. There, his unflinching depictions of the Famine garnered attention and a degree of critical acclaim. Tragically, his promising career was cut short when he died at the young age of 32 in 1853.

Though his life was brief, his legacy remains important. MacDonald stands as one of the few Irish artists of his time to directly confront the horrors of the Great Famine, offering a raw and unflinching visual record of a defining period in Irish history. His works remain important for their historical value as well as their poignant depiction of human suffering and resilience.

Adam Doyle is a contemporary Irish artist and illustrator whose work often blends pop-culture references, satirical humour, and social commentary. Working digitally as well as with traditional mediums, Doyle draws inspiration from sources ranging from comic books to classic paintings. He is known for a distinct style that often features bold outlines and a raw, unfinished quality. His work frequently sparks conversation and even controversy by challenging societal norms or highlighting social injustices.

As already mentioned, one of Doyle's most discussed pieces is his reworking of Daniel MacDonald's "An Irish Eviction". This digital alteration overlays figures of contemporary Gardaí and security personnel onto the historical depiction of a Famine-era eviction. This image has generated debate about Ireland's housing crisis, historical memory, and the role of protest art.

Doyle's work often touches upon themes of Irish identity, social inequality, and the power dynamics within society. He is an active presence on social media, where he shares his art and engages with his audience, fostering discussions about the deeper meanings behind his creations.

Irish art, Eviction art,Protest art, Daniel MacDonald, Adam Doyle, The Great Famine, Housing crisis, Historical memory, Spicebag, gardaí, private security workers,Arbour Hill in Dublin, Dublin 7,

Furry Glen

Furry Glen

TODAY I VISITED THE FURRY GLEN [WEE FOLK GOOD FOLK TROOPING ALL TOGETHER]

Up the airy mountain, Down the rushy glen, We daren't go a-hunting. For fear of little men; Wee folk, good folk, Trooping all together.

Up the airy mountain, in the heart of Dublin city, lies the Phoenix Park, a vast expanse of greenery and history. Within its bounds, you’ll find the Furry Glen, a tranquil spot named not for mythical creatures, but for an area in the park’s south-western corner.

Down the rushy glen, where nature thrives, a new trail was inaugurated in 1975. This trail through the Furry Glen provides opportunities to learn about the plants and wildlife of the Phoenix Park. With twelve designated stops around the Furry Glen, the trail covers the flora and fauna of the park, and visitors may be fortunate enough to see some of the park’s fallow deer which roam freely around the park and are descended from the original seventeenth-century herd.

We daren’t go a-hunting, for this park is a sanctuary, a place of peace and preservation. Originally created in 1662 by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and Duke of Ormond James Butler as a pheasant and deer hunting ground for visiting British aristocrats, it was opened to the public in 1745 by Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield.

For fear of little men; Wee folk, good folk, Trooping all together. While there may not be little men, the park is filled with visitors who come to enjoy its natural beauty. The Furry Glen, with its rich history and serene environment, is a testament to the park’s enduring appeal.

So, whether you’re a local resident or a visitor to Dublin, a trip to the Furry Glen in Phoenix Park offers a chance to step back in time, immerse yourself in nature, and appreciate the rich tapestry of history that makes this park a treasured part of Dublin’s landscape.

Today I used my Canon 5DIII which I recently purchased second-hand at a very good price, and unused. One reason that I had for getting it was that I have a collection of Canon lenses that I use, adapted, with my Sony Mirrorless cameras. At times I prefer Canon's colour science which and I decided that my visit to the Furry Glen was a good opportunity to use it.

The Canon 5D Mark III, released in 2012, is a full-frame DSLR camera that has been lauded for its robust features and exceptional performance. Despite its age, there are several reasons why one might consider purchasing a second-hand Canon 5D Mark III.

Quality and Durability: The Canon 5D Mark III is known for its solid build quality and durability. It features a 22.3 MP full-frame CMOS sensor, 61-point autofocus system, and 6 fps continuous shooting. Its shutter is rated to 150,000 frames, indicating its long-lasting nature.
Image Quality The 5D Mark III delivers excellent image quality with natural and pleasing colours. It performs well in various lighting conditions, with an ISO range of 100-25600, expandable to 102,800.

Price: As the camera is no longer in production, second-hand models can be found at significantly lower prices than at launch. This makes it an attractive option for those on a budget or for beginners looking to delve into full-frame photography.

Canon’s Colour Science: Canon’s colour science is often praised for its pleasing and natural look, especially for skin tones. This is one of the reasons why many photographers prefer Canon over other brands. Comparatively, Sony’s mirrorless cameras, while technologically advanced, have faced criticism for their colour science. Some users find Sony’s colour rendition to be less natural, particularly for skin tones. However, it’s worth noting that colour science can be subjective and may vary depending on individual preferences and post-processing techniques.

In conclusion, the Canon 5D Mark III, despite its age, remains a viable option for many photographers due to its robust features, excellent image quality, and the appealing colour rendition of Canon’s colour science. However, as with any second-hand purchase, it’s important to check the camera’s condition, including its shutter count and any potential repairs it may have undergone.

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TRUSTED FLAGGER STATUS

Under Article 22 of the Digital Services Act, Coimisiún na Meán may award the status of Trusted Flagger. Trusted Flaggers will work within designated areas of expertise to identify illegal content. Where a Trusted Flagger identifies illegal content, they may submit a notice to the relevant online platform. Online platforms will be legally obliged to give their notices priority, and to process and decide on these reports without undue delay.

Bodies such as non-governmental organisations, industry federations and trade associations, members of established fact-checkers networks, trade unions, non-regulatory public entities and private or semi-public bodies may become Trusted Flaggers.

To become a Trusted Flagger, an applicant body must:

have expertise and competence for the purposes of detecting, identifying and notifying illegal content;
be independent from any provider of online platforms;
carry out its activities for the purposes of submitting notices diligently, accurately and objectively.
Coimisiún na Meán can now award Trusted Flagger status to organisations which meet the above conditions and is encouraging qualified entities to consider applying. We have recently published guidance and an application form on our website and any interested organisations are encouraged to read this guidance and to contact
[email protected] with any questions that they might have.

I AM VERY INTERESTED IN THE SONY A9III [MAINLY BECAUSE OF ITS GLOBAL SHUTTER]

I do not intend to purchase any computer or photographic equipment until the second half of 2025 but I am already investigating the available and potential choices.

I was considering the possibility of getting medium format camera such as the Fuji GFX100 II but there would be a requirement to purchase a set of suitable lenses and I am not sure that the cost could be justified.

I purchased the Sony A7RIV as soon as it became available but I had a bad fall a few months later and the camera was damaged to the extent that it suddenly becomes unreliable which is a pity as it can produce really good images.

I decided not to upgrade to the A7RV for a variety of reasons and decided to purchase the FX30 which I really like but that is another discussion.

At this stage 26 February 2024] I suspect that I will get whatever replaces the Sony A1 but I am also very interested in the A9III, mainly because of the universal shutter. If I got an A1 I would need it to be my main camera for at least 5 years so it might make more sense to stick with the A7R series and upgrade every three or four years.

History of Global Shutters

Traditional cameras relied solely on mechanical shutters—physical barriers moving in front of the sensor to control exposure time. They were prone to limitations such as:

Shutter shock: Vibration impacting image sharpness at certain shutter speeds.
Limited flash sync: Maximum speed at which a flash could fire and fully illuminate the frame.
Readout speed: Slow sequential readout from the sensor resulted in rolling shutter distortion with fast movement.

Electronic shutters (ES) were introduced with digital cameras. They work by electronically turning pixels on and off to control exposure. Early ES struggled with rolling shutter distortion and limitations related to dynamic range.

Global (Universal) Shutter: A true global shutter (GS) eliminates rolling shutter by exposing the entire sensor at once and reading out data simultaneously. This had been the holy grail for high-speed videography and still photographers desiring distortion-free fast action.

Hybrid Systems: Many modern cameras use a hybrid approach, with a mechanical first curtain shutter for familiar operation, followed by an ES for faster speeds and silent shooting.

The Sony A9 series pioneered stacked sensor technology with incredibly fast readout speeds. This allowed the A9III to offer a fully electronic global shutter mode with no rolling shutter, minimal limitations, and high frame rates.

While global shutters remain more expensive to implement, other manufacturers are catching up. Cameras like the Canon R6 Mark II and the upcoming Nikon Z9 feature improved ES performance and the potential for future GS modes.


Sony A9III & Unique Capabilities

Stacked Sensor with GS: The A9III offers a true Global Shutter with zero rolling shutter and fast readout, enabling:
Distortion-free capture of fast-moving subjects
High-speed flash sync
Silent shooting for sensitive situations
Video Implications: GS eliminates the need for complex post-production fixes for rolling shutter in video, simplifying workflows.
Expected Future Developments

GS Cost Reduction: As manufacturing improves, we should see global shutters filter down to more affordable camera bodies.
Competition Heats Up: Canon, Nikon, and others will refine their ES technology, with a likely emphasis on even faster readout speeds, further narrowing the gap with full GS.

Computational Benefits: Computational photography techniques paired with fast ES could offer hybrid solutions that mimic GS benefits, even without a true Global shutter.

Products to Anticipate (2024/2025)

Sony A7RVI (Potential): A high-resolution update to the A7R line could incorporate GS if its sensor design allows. If this was on offer I suspect that I would not get an A1.

Global shutters, while revolutionary, may not be necessary for all photographers. Consider your shooting needs when evaluating cost.

Technology is advancing quickly. Even without dedicated GS modes, next-generation ES could offer significantly reduced rolling shutter and greater flexibility.

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