• Kitsnaps,  Photography,  Snapshots

    Kitsnaps: Oxford

    I had a brief visit to Oxford last month and although I didn’t have a decent camera with me, got a handful of pictures that I was very happy with, with my phone. I haven’t “matted” them, but I’ve concluded if I wait to do that I’ll never post another Photo Friday again, because I’ve just got too many other things going on right now. (I need a Beautiful Assistant to do that kind of work for me. Plus a lot of other stuff. If only I was rich. :))

    The University Church (apparently properly called St Mary’s, I am belatedly informed by a local), taken from the top of a bus. I love riding in the front upper seats of buses. :)

    I believe this is the Tom Tower, as a friend of mine who knows the town identified it as something Tom-ish when I posted it on Twitter, and Google tells me that’s probably what it is. I am *exceedingly* pleased with this picture, which I feel has Artistic Merit despite being a crappy phone photo. :) (ETA: It’s just “Tom Tower,” I’m told; it’s the bell tower at the main entrance to Christ Church, on St Aldate’s. It is, to quote the above-mentioned local, Very Important and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. :))

    Just a random attractive street scene. Oxford is really extremely pretty. As it should be, since it’s had a thousand years to practice!

    Another pretty street shot.

    Radcliffe Square, Oxford. Again, REALLY happy with this phone panorama shot. Someday I’d love to go back to Oxford with a real camera!

  • Photography,  Snapshots

    late night dublin wander

    I went to my sister’s musical last night, and having foolishly failed to check the train times, discovered at 10 o’clock, on my way to the train station, that there was not a half ten train, only a 10pm one and a half eleven one. So I ended up wandering around city centre, getting some extra steps in and taking crappy late night phone camera pictures, which I will now share with you. :)

    The General Post Office, commonly referred to as the GPO, on O’Connell Street. This was the headquarters for the leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916. The building was, as it turned out, completely destroyed, leaving nothing but this facade. There are still bullet holes in it.

    Pretty fricking posh for a bank, mate. This is the Bank of Ireland building, which used to be the Irish Parliamet buildings back when Ireland was allowed one by the British. Eventually the Bank of Ireland bought it, although I guess it’s not actually used as a bank anymore, either. I’ve not been inside.

    Immediately across the street from the Bank of Ireland is Trinity College.

    Looking down Fleet Street into Temple Bar.

    Rainbows on the River Liffey, with the International Financial Services Centre in the background.

    The front and back of what turn out to be the Custom House, although Twitter had to tell me that.


    I was going to go down to the Seamus Heaney Bridge and the CDC, but it started spitting rain, so that’s the sum of my late night photogrphy tour of Dublin. :)

  • Convention Centre Dublin View
    Kitsnaps,  Snapshots

    Kitsnaps: Convention Centre Dublin View

    Convention Centre Dublin View
    Convention Centre Dublin View
    Convention Centre Dublin View[/caption] I’m not absolutely sure this should qualify as a Kitsnap, but what the heck. I was in Dublin’s new convention centre a while back, and this panorama is one I took from an upper floor, overlooking the docklands.

  • Snapshots

    Because what you want is more pictures.

    It’s still snowing. In fact, it snowed enough to stick a bit, so this morning I bundled us up and we went down to Glasnevin Cemetery to take pictures, ’cause I thought snow might be as good, maybe even better, than fog.

    Well, it’s not, or at least not in these slight quantities, but I think Glasnevin’s real problem is that it’s too well-cared for to be really prime graveyard-photography territory. I prefer the going-to-seed look of a less-cared-for graveyard, for Moody Pictures. :)

    Anyway, I got a handful of Kitsnaps, a couple nice snapshots (which I shall post behind the cut) and a bunch of cute pictures of a little boy making snow angels and footprints in the snow. :)

    Before I cut for photos (one of which I’m going to deconstruct everything I did wrong on), I’m curious if people have a preference for the ‘matted’ versions of the pictures, or the ‘unmatted’ ones? If you like the matted ones, should they be 900px on a side, so the actual photograph is more of a size with the unmatted ones? Enquiring photographers want to know. :)

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