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October in New York – The High Line

It’s been quite a while since my last blog post, but here we go again.

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to travel to New York (mid-town Manhattan, specifically) through work. While most of my time there was, of course, work related, I did have the opportunity to spend a Friday evening and Saturday in the city. It has been more than 20 years since i was in Manhattan, and a lot has changed since then.

On the Friday evening, at the recommendation of a colleague, I walked down the High Line, an old elevated railway line, converted into a public space. The High Line gives you a certain view of mid-town Manhattan that’s impossible to get from street level, and is well worth a visit if you’re in that part of NYC.

Here are a few photos from my walk down the High Line, and back towards 5th Avenue.

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Views in the distance of iconic Manhattan buildings are visible along the route.

New Jersey in the background.

The High Line seems to attract some fantastic modern architecture. It’ll be interesting to see if it stands the test of time, in the way that the classic NYC buildings have.

Graffiti art

The High Line affords some interesting views behind buildings that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Empire State in the distance.

Those are the Silver Towers.

Sunset over New Jersey.

Huge amount of construction in this part of the city.

Another view of the Silver Towers, looking across the Hudson Yards.

End of the High Line.

You can’t go far in New York without running into an Irish pub.

Spire of the Empire State.

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Sunset from the Hellfire Club

I took a walk up to the Hellfire Club in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains the other evening, and caught the last bit of light before the sun set and the weather started to turn bad. This is probably the best of the images that I captured. A sliver of west Dublin is just about visible in the distance.


This is a merge of three images (+/- 2 EV) and has been processed by HDR Efex Pro, which I’ve been playing around with a little, to ‘drama’-up the sky somewhat.

I haven’t been up to the Hellfire Club since I was the scouts, and had forgotton how amazing the view over the city is. Shameful, as it’s only about 15 or 20 minutes drive from my house. I must try to get up there again to get a few more photos.

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Full moon over Dublin


Photo of the full moon rising over Dublin yesterday evening. Not brilliant, but not bad for a first attempt at lunar photography, although for the real deal, check out Donnacha O’Driscoll’s Celtic Skys website.

Canon 60D and a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 + Sigma 1.4 extender @ 280mm, f/11, 0.5s. Post-processed and cropped in Lightroom.


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Moving the photos

If you’re not bothered about my attempts at photography, then you’ll be delighted to read about this. I’ve decided to move all my photography related posts off into their own category, aptly named photos.

From now on, I’ll keep the main blog page on the site to my notes and opinions. I haven’t updated the RSS feeds yet, but will do so shortly.

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Sunset over Paris


I was going through my photo collection a few nights ago, and came across this image taken in Paris (obviously) back in 2006. A bit of post-processing in Lightroom to get a handle on the white balance and noise in the photo, and this image was the result.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the result.

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Clouds over D6

Just before putting the kids to bed this evening, I stuck my head out the window to check the weather (thinking about going for a walk later on that never materialised). The sun was just setting and the clouds and sky were an absolutely amazing combination of colours.

I grabbed the camera quickly and got out and took a few shots. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get to high ground, so I had to shoot over the roof lines of the houses from the green in front of the house. Nevertheless, the results are pretty interesting, I think.



There are six similar images in the gallery, if you want to see more.

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On the canal with the hipstamatic

I recently upgraded to the iPhone 4 (yeah!). One of the many improvements over my previous model (the 3G) is the camera is now 5 megapixels, and seems to produce some pretty decent pictures. There are also a bunch of different photo apps that digitally modify the image after it’s captured. One of the more interesting ones is Hipstamatic.

Here are a couple of efforts taken this evening at the Grand Canal near Baggot St. bridge with the Hipstamatic app.



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