Mark Grealish

the life and code of a crazy cat man


When the work is out of hours


Here is hard-learned wisdom: a 365 project is difficult. One picks a subject, for which one then must prepare one photograph every day. As a then-professional photographer, I was defeated on Day 149 by the lengthy workflow: capture, import, cull, process, refine, upload, author, revise and submit, repeated every day. It just took too much […]

Srcset test

I have wanted to play with srcset, but the effort involved to apply it backward to all of my prior posts was scary. I’ve settled on this configuration: <img src="" srcset=" 414w, 768w 640w, 840w, " alt="Srcset image test (and Killer hijacking my seat)" />

Behold my new workstation

Eadaoin helped out with a part of the cost. I’m indebted to her for the assistance!

So who decided code snippets had to be boring?

Random workstation photograph

I needed to test my upload script. :)

Have a Christmas

And another year too!

Wedding day photo restoration

I didn’t have a chance to clone it, but I like the result otherwise.

Croydon, London in 2005

This is one of my oldest photographs. I took it while at a World of Warcraft guild meetup with friends (Gabi) in London on the last weekend of July 2005. I just put this up now because I wanted to see what a non-Instagram thumbnail looked like. By the time a photograph gets from my […]

First try at a time lapse

Hardly an Earth-shatteringly amazing video. Planning to do a much longer video in coming days, if my shutter doesn’t fall off from overuse. A little over forty-five minutes. I had originally hoped to do a longer exposure, but well, we had weather.

Micro-mini-tiny contest winner:

Earlier this week, I ran a very small contest on the photography forum to process two of my photographs, one of Galway’s Williamsgate Street and the second of Galway’s St. Nicholas’ church. I had some great responses on the thread in question, but the outright winner was Brian Healy, who won the voting by […]

How’s my HDR work?

Following on from yesterday’s image, I went the full HDR hog with this photograph. Then the full contrast hog. And then the full colour hog. Opinions, flames?


Day 11: Another Gorgeous Tree

Another gorgeous tree on the road to Menlo, Co. Galway, Ireland.

Urgh, moi

It is arm-length-self-portrait time! I’m on the job hunt, so should I: Shave the beard off, keep the beard, or alter it?

That new year's shine

[face_sheepish] Well hi there, readers. It falls to me to harken the arrival of 2010 on January 3rd. 2009, for all its darkness, ended on an upbeat and optimistic note that continues to resonate in the first few days of 2010. I’ve taken on a project for 2010: 365 days of photos, of which I […]

A foggy Christmas Eve morning

Two months of waiting for the perfect foggy weather paid off on December 24 when I captured these shots of an amazingly cold Galway morning on the Headford Road. In processing the images, I amm torn between two different styles: A harder and colder interpretation or a warmer and far softer view of the foggy […]

Pond pond pond

Pond, it’s a pond, oh, it’s a pondddddd. A frozen pond. Ice. Solid H20. What more can you or I say? Taken just after local sunset in Menlo village, Co. Galway.

Storm over Friar's Cut

Squelch squelch squelch squelch squelch. Squelch squelch. click Squelch. Therein was my evening as I visited the Friar’s Cut; the cut canal area where [[Lough Corrib]] flows into the River Corrib. The entire area is a gorgeous bogland/river delta thriving with animal and bird life; I saw several foxes and badgers in addition to a […]

Best of 2009

Kicked off by the 16 Favourites 2009 thread on, I put together my favourite sixteen images of the last year. Un-surprisingly my family weighed in heavily in the running. Here’s to 2009, guys.

To wait till those wolves make nice

I’m keeping them coming, one by one… The derelict Esso service station on Galway’s Headford Road.

They're tearing up holes in the house

Bury their paws in the stone

This, for me, became a surprisingly powerful photo. In the midst of Galway there is a building which serves many people in many roles: It is a repository for contemporary artifacts, a dormitory, an art installation, shelter, a meeting ground, a dumping ground, an eyesore, a magnetic attraction, and enthralling and repulsive. And it’s just […]

To hell with the season's cheer

Today demanded contrast. Minight-dark blacks. Sun-bright, blown-out highlights that will leave your eyes watering. To hell with December cheer!

One photo – three versions

This isn’t my usual thing, but I’ve come across a photo that I like all my processed versions of. Great. Grr. I went for a brief photowalk on the Headford Road, in the small forest behind the retail park and caught: Contrast. Feck-the-season-lets-blow-out-the-highlights contrast. Wonderful contrast. I’ll leave you with this single scene for now:

Doughiska castle revisited

Immediately before I left for the United States of America in mid-2007, I paid a visit to Merlin Park Castle/Doughiska Castle, which is currently located on the forested grounds of Merlin Park hospital on the outskirts of Galway City, and with the weather behind me today, I again paid another visit to the magnificent tower […]

Cathedral #1

WIP – M&S car park, Galway

It has a whole bunch of stitching problems that I am not going to fix right now, hence its uncropped state:


My new experiment, 360-degree paonoramas of Galway’s Shop Street, shot handheld with the help of Frank’s 10-22mm and then stitched together in Adobe Photoshop CS4. In chunks. On a netbook. Death of a thousand cuts.

Balancing elements

Into what area does this picture fall? Texture? Form? Purthy reflections? Regardless, I consider this image a technical experimentation – forest scenes are typically strongly contrasted between the bright sky and dark flora and in taking this I set out to try and balance these two extremes through better management of metering, manual control of […]