Cobblestone Thief

Cobblestone Thief – ISO300, 35mm (equivalent), f/2.0, 1/15 sec, Fujifilm X100S, Handheld

Cobblestone Thief

Nothing fancy done on this shot at all. Some tweaks in Lightroom to convert to black and white, then some contrast adjustments.

This young gentleman was working a scam with another younger apprentice. The Cobblestone pub is located in Dublin. I was enjoying a beer and traditional Irish music jam session after exploring the old Guinness brewery earlier in the day.

These two chaps walk in. I would say they were ages 11 and 13. The younger one walks to the other end of the bar and starts hassling the bartender, distracting him from this fellow. While it appears he is waiting for his friend and enjoying the music, what you cant see is that his right hand is filling his pockets with fistfulls of beer coasters.

My best guess is that after the two left they likely had loads of entertainment flinging the coasters at each other, or whatever pleased them.

Either way, their scam was well executed and professional. I admired thier creativity by snapping this image so I could remember the evenings events.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at