Irelands Southwest and West (Part 6) — The Digital Journey

Part 6 of our 2017 trip through Irleands South­w­est and West. Fol­low­ing the earli­er ana­log series, this part now cov­ers the digit­al jour­ney around Ire­lands South­w­est and West and com­pletes the series finally.

After arriv­ing at Dub­lin Air­port, we headed south to Kilkenny …

Here at Matt The Millers, I learned that the fam­ous Kilkenny was no longer brewed in the town, but at the Guin­ness Brew­ery in Dub­lin — OMG.

 

Kilkenny Castle

 

Smithwick’s Brew­ery

 

Celt­ic Cross in Kilkenny

 

Cemetery around Cathed­ral Church of St Canice & Round Tower, Kilkenny

 

Rock of Cashel, Ireland

 

Around Muck­ross House and the Muck­ross Lake, Ireland

 

Around the Gap of Dun­loe, Ireland

 

Around Valen­tia Island, Ireland

 

The Bur­ren, Ireland

 

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

 

Dia­mond Hill, Con­nemara, Ireland

 

Kylemore Abbey, Con­nemara, Ireland

 

Between Dog’s Bay and Gur­teen Bay, Ireland

 

Derry­c­lare Lough, Twelve Pines

 

Kil­main­ham Gaol, Dub­lin, Ireland

 

Nation­al Lib­rary, Dub­lin, Ireland

 

Molly Malone, Dub­lin, Ireland

That’s it. It was a rather quick flight through the treas­ures we saw dur­ing the two weeks jour­ney through Ireland’s South West and West.

If you’re inter­ested — earli­er parts of this series can be found here.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

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So long … and thanks for all the fish.

 

Granada, an Andalusian Miracle

This time we made a trip to Granada, the beau­ti­ful old town in Andalus, Spain. As dur­ing sum­mer time tem­per­at­ures are quite high — around 40 °C, we choose March to start, as there tem­per­at­ure is still mod­er­ate — around 18 °C.

All images were made with my work­horse Olym­pus OM‑D E‑M1 and the won­der­ful M.Zuiko 2.8/7–14mm Pro lens, which gave that spe­cial width to all images.

Besides a beau­ti­ful old city with so many corners to dis­cov­er, the world fam­ous Alham­bra is the main attrac­tion which — besides its inner beau­ties — also gives tons of amaz­ing views into the sur­round­ing landscape.

This city is always worth a stay, but now let’s see some pictures …

 

Inner palace parts of the Alhambra

 

View from Alham­bra down to Albaicin and Sac­ro Monte

 

Inner palace in the Alhambra

 

Pala­cio de Car­los V

 

Alcazaba in the Alhambra

 

View over the city onto the snow covered Sierra Nevada

 

The fam­ous mur­als of Granada

 

View from Mirador San Nic­olas to Alham­bra and the Sierra Nevada

 

View from Albaicin to Alham­bra and Sierra Nevada

That’s for the moment.

 

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A Contax 167MT and a Carl Zeiss Distagon 2.8/28mm in Porto

This time in Porto … some­thing went ter­ribly wrong. Get­ting back my films from the lab, they wrote that some images were under­ex­posed. See­ing the res­ults, around 1/3rd of the frames were near black and I’m still guess­ing what happened.

The Con­tax 167MT with its Carl Zeiss Dis­tagon 2.8/28mm worked quite well with the Kodak Ultramax 400 film and I was really impressed how flaw­less this combo handles, shoot­ing in aper­ture pri­or­ity mode.

On one situ­ation I noticed, that the aper­ture set­ting on the lens and the aper­ture dis­play in the view­find­er did not match. The view­find­er dis­play showed f/4 when f/11 was set on the lens, which res­ults in an under­ex­posed frame, as the cam­era reduces the shut­ter speed to get a prop­er exposure.

I found out that the lens was not locked prop­erly. Seems, as when tak­ing the cam­era out of the bag, I acci­dent­ally hit the lens release but­ton and unlocked the lens. This was a mess, as I did not know how long the lens was unlocked, as I usu­ally do not check the aper­ture in the view­find­er, know­ing what aper­ture I set on the lens.

Well, this might have explained the issue on one film, but I have 1/3 of the frames ruined on both films I made. I’ll shoot anoth­er roll to see if this beha­viour returns when care­fully watch­ing the lens is locked prop­erly. In addi­tion, some of the ‘well exposed’ frames show massive amount of grain, as if the lab has tried to ‘res­cue’ them.

As I made some digit­al frames besides the ana­log ones, the loss is not dis­astrous, but it annoys me that it happened at all, not noti­cing the aper­ture dis­crep­ancy. I was … too care­less this time. Or maybe I was simply too dis­trac­ted by the beauty of that city.

UPDATE:

In the mean­time I shot anoth­er role of film in the Con­tax 167 MT with a Carl Zeiss Dis­tagon 2.8/35mm lens attached.
When it came back from the lab, it was dissapointing.
The 36 frame film came back with 17 frames — all more or less heav­ily underexposed.
The lab has tried to res­cue as much as pos­sible dur­ing scan­ning and so there is massive grain visible.
This let’s me assume that in the ori­gin, it was not my fault with a loose lens, but it seems as if the cam­era has some deep­er issues — as also frames were skipped, which might be a hint that the elec­tro­mag­net­ic shut­ter release is no longer work­ing reliable.
So for the moment, the cam­era goes onto the shelf.

Let’s see what comes up from this story when finally post­ing the images made — both ana­log and digital.

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Frankfurt in January

It was cold in Janu­ary, but this did not stop us from walk­ing through this beau­ti­ful city with so many nice places and inspir­ing per­spect­ives … depend­ing on where you go and what you (want to) see.

This time I used two digit­al cam­er­as. Num­ber one was a Ricoh GR II with its mar­velous 2.8/28mm lens. Num­ber two was my work­horse, an Olym­pus OM‑D E‑M1, this time with a M.Zuiko 2.8/7–14 mm lens, which gives a nice width and which is part of the holy trin­ity — the m.zuiko 2.8/7–14 mm pro lens, the m.zuiko 2.8/12–40 mm pro lens and the m.zuiko 2.8/40–150 mm pro lens. I still have to improve on these very wide city shots. As often, I made black & white and col­our versions.

The full series can be found here.

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Sevilla, when it’s still cold at home — Part 7

The Plaza de Espana in the Parque de Maria Luisa was built for the Ibero-Amer­­ic­an Expos­i­tion of 1929. The build­ings at Plaza de Espana form a huge half-circle rep­res­ent­ing the four ancient king­doms of Spain.

Parque de Maria Luisa offers some nice views includ­ing numer­ous build­ings, built for the Ibero-Amer­­ic­an Exposition.

Monte Gurugú.

Pabellón Real.

Museo Arqueoló­gi­co de Sevilla.

Park view.

The Real Fab­rica de Taba­cos de Sevilla — now part of the Uni­ver­sity of Sevilla — was the ori­gin­al place where the story of Car­men, the Opera from Biz­et, played.

It is told, that in those days the tobacco build­ing, where only young women were work­ing, was safe-guarded by troops to pre­vent young men from enter­ing the build­ing. As the tem­per­at­ure was quite hot inside, the young ladies were only slightly clothed.

Today, the old fab­rica is part of the Uni­ver­sity of Seville.

This part closes the Sevilla post.

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Sevilla, when it’s still cold at home — Part 6

Walk­ing through town, where it’s always worth mak­ing a pic­ture … or two. Same in the old World’s Fair area, where the EXPO ’92 was hos­ted and where so many nice spots were left behind.

Con­trary to Lis­bon (EXPO ’98) in Seville no one seems to be proud of this area and what has been built. No one recom­men­ded a bike tour through this area, while it’s only a short ride off the town centre .. they did not even men­tion it worth a vis­it when we asked.

The Puente del Ala­millo is anoth­er high­light of archi­tec­ture in Seville with a mighty pylon.

On our way back to town centre … always keep an eye open.

And now .. the Cated­ral de Sevilla with its Gir­alda tower was built between 1434 and 1506. It based on an ancient Almo­had mosque from 1172 to 1248 and — after recon­quista — a Chris­ti­an­ized mosque between 1248 and 1434.  The 105m Gir­alda bell tower was the former min­aret of the Almo­had mosque.

The Tomb of Chris­toph­er Columbus.

The Gir­alda Tower.

View from Gir­alda tower — in the back­ground Iglesia Cole­gi­al del Sal­vador, Puente del Ala­millo and Met­ro­pol Parasol.

Next to come … Plaza de Espagna

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Sevilla, when it’s still cold at home — Part 5

Real Alcaz­ar is one of the mir­acles of Span­ish his­tory, built for king Peter of Castile between 1350 and 1369.  It is the old­est roy­al palace in Europe still in use.

After this long tour, we had some time to stroll around in town.

As so many times before, I made two albums, one in col­our and one in black and white, as both show their spe­cial mood.

Next to come … Cated­ral de Sevilla.

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Sevilla, when it’s still cold at home — Part 4

Bull­fight­ing is still a cul­tur­al high­light in this part of spain — wheth­er you like it or not. The Placa de Tor­os is worth vis­it­ing nev­er­the­less — even out­side the season.

A won­der­ful span­ish mar­ket can be found at the Mer­cado de Tri­ana — its one of the old­est mar­kets in town opened 1823, built on the rem­nants of the Castel San Jorge dated back to 1481 and its Arab ori­gin from 1171.

Next to come … Real Alcazar.

As so many times before, I made two albums, one in col­our and one in black and white, as both show their spe­cial mood.
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Sevilla, when it’s still cold at home — Part 3

The Met­ro­pol Para­sol was build in 2011 and con­struc­ted by the Ger­man archi­tect Jür­gen May­er. It is a wooden struc­ture, 150 x 70m wide and  up to 23 m high. On its top you can have a walk across.

As so many times before, I made two albums, one in col­our and one in black and white, as both show their spe­cial mood.

Next to come … Placa de Toros.

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Sevilla, when it’s still cold at home — Part 2

Calle Sierpes is a won­der­ful shop­ping lane in the old cen­ter of Sevilla. I found tons of beau­ti­ful sub­jects (bet­ter objects) which give an impres­sion of the ancient his­tory of this beau­ti­ful and amaz­ing town.

As so many times before, I made two albums, one in col­our and one in black and white, as both show their spe­cial mood.

 

 

Next to come … Met­ro­pol Parasol.

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