Dispatches from a shy street photographer: Man without a face


I spent a few short hours in Dublin and didn’t take many photos, and the ones that I did take didn’t come out very well, technically (the roll had some development issues). However, it’s such an interesting place and there is so much going on. I am looking forward to returning and spending more time shooting the streets.


Geeky Bits:

Camera: Olympus XA
Film: Kodak Tri-x
Stand developed for 1 hour in Adonal.

a Pinhole view of the Priory of St. John The Baptist (Ireland)


On our weekend visit to Dublin, our hosts took us to the Irish countryside to visit some old ruins. One of them was the site of the Priory of St. John The Baptist.

We were able to climb around all over the place, including up some winding stairs. In the stairwells there were very narrow windows and I thought they might make an interesting frame for a pinhole photo.

This (and the other places we visited) were amazing to me, having never been around such old ruins before. I was impressed by how much of the structure is still standing, and that we could still (fairly) safely walk up the stairs!   The place was built in the 13th century!
Priory of St John the Baptist

I have some pinhole photos from the other places, and will post them later. Stay tuned!


Geeky Bits

Camera: Terrapin Bijou, Incher configuration (25.4mm)
Aperture: f/132
Exposure time:
top photo: 30 seconds
Bottom photo: 5 seconds

Malahide Castle through a #pinhole

Life, Photography

Scene: four people on a train headed to Howth (Dublin),  chit-chitchatting

Lorraine: Did we get on the wrong train? I think we just passed Howth.

Brendan: Damn, yes it looks like we got on the wrong train. Well we can just go to Malahide Castle instead.

Turns to Monica and Rafael, Disappointed. Is this OK?

Me: Um. We are going to a freakin’ castle. I’ve never been to a castle before. I think it’s OK.

End scene.

OK, the conversation probably didn’t go down exactly like that. But still. Ireland is crawling with castles. It was awesome to see a few of them, including this one.

Here is a pinhole photo of Malahide Castle. You can read more about its complicated history it over on Pinhole Obscura, if you would like to learn more.

Geeky Bits

Camera: Terrapin Bijou
Film: Ektar 100
Exposure Time: probably around 5 seconds.

100 days project

And with this post I have reached the end of my 2016 100 days  project! It has been a fun ride, as always. I am looking forward to bit of a blogging break to focus on other, non computery things. Like training for a half marathon! I plan to check in here a couple times a week. as per my usual blogging schedule. Maybe I will even blog about how my running is going. 🙂

Irish countryside 

Travel and Other Adventures

Today we left the city and drove to the countryside where we visited the site of a medieval town. We took a tour of a castle and climbed around on ruins that are hundreds (notice that is plural) of years old. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the age of these structures having grown up in the Pacific Northwest where we don’t have this at all. It is a beautiful place.