TWO VISITS TO DOUGLAS VILLAGE COMMUNITY PARK MAY 2022 AND AUGUST 2021
Amenities and green-spaces in the area include Douglas Community Park (a 5-acre park close to the centre of Douglas which includes a playground), and Ballybrack Woods (a wooded area south of Douglas village which is known locally as ‘Mangala’, ‘Mangola’, or ‘Mangla’.
In 2018 I attempted to walk to Douglas Village and went astray and then because of heavy rain I decided to return to the city centre by bus.
In 2021 because of Covid-19 restrictions public transport was not good but after I visited Finbarr’s Cemetery I waited a hour for a bus back to the city centre and when I boarded the bus the driver was interested in my camera and suggested that I should visit Douglas and assured me that there would be no problem getting a bus back to the city centre from Douglas Shopping Centre.
In August 2021 my camera overheated such an extent that it shut-down. Also, earlier in the day the 70-200 lens became detached from the camera body and as a result suffered some physical damage making auto-focus unreliable. The photographs from the visit were so under exposed that I decided not to use them but I recently purchased DX0 PureRawII and I pre-processed. Much to my surprise the resulting images were usable but a lot of time and effort was required.
I visited Douglas for the second time in May 2022 but as I was on my way the Passage I did not stay long. In 2022 I used adapted sigma 24-105mm lens which may not be as good as the Sony 70-200 but it was much more practical for street photography,