An Irish Lens

There are two parts of my life that seem to constantly converge, resulting in an explosion of artistic expression–Travel and photography. The first time I picked up a camera and really knew I’d be able to do something with it, was when I was 15 years old. I would sneak my dad’s camera away when he wasn’t around, and experiment with framing, exposure, textures, and positioning. Sorry Dad. Granted, most of these pictures ended up on my live journal, and Dad eventually hid his camera, I still knew that someday I would find a use for my new found love of photography.

During my senior year of high school, I used to sneak into the photography class. My last semester of high school consisted of an advanced creative writing course, a poetry course, and a back to back independent study in pottery and wheel. Pottery and wheel was set up to be an independent learning environment, and I took that to mean I could independently duck out of class for 10 minutes a day, long enough to not be noticed missing, so I could sit in on the photography class a few doors down and absorb whatever information I could.

I suppose travel has been part of my life from the time I was a small child. As an infant all the way through my adolescence, my parents whisked me away from New Hampshire to Newfoundland, Canada every summer. My mom didn’t believe in subjecting herself to the terrors of flying, so we drove. It was was a long haul, three day excursion, but it molded my appreciation for living out of a suitcase, taking it all in, and always being on the go.

Since the days of sitting in the back seat while Mom drove the mini van, I have taken a more hands on approach to travel. In the last three years I have been all around the world, including two trips to Australia and a trip to Ireland. Blake and I have been tinkering with the idea of returning to Ireland in the future, so I decided to devote a post to photos I captured in Ireland on a Nikon D3000. When you’re on the go, changing lenses can be quite a pain, especially if you are not going to be somewhere long, or if there will be action where you are photographing. I used a simple 55mm lens, and a 120mm lens.

Photographs, no matter how beautiful, cannot capture the true beauty that Ireland radiates. It is a country full of kind hearts, warm scones, and beautiful landscapes.I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Cheers!


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16 thoughts on “An Irish Lens

  1. I am your newest fan. Seriously, these photos are awesome. I, too, love photography, though I’m as novice as they come. I use a 1975-ish Minolta (totally manual, baby), which makes for the occasional crappy roll of film. I’m still “F-stop what now?” but I’m learning. I’d love to have a really good digital too, though. Preferably yours.

    • I would love to experiment more with Manuel! Other than sneaking into the occasional photography class in high school (such a rebel), I am completely self taught! Just a lot how-to articles and books. Like I said, it’s a NikonD3000 that my boyfriend Blake and I share. There is a newer model out now, I think it’s the D3100. It’s truly a blast! :) Plus, if you have time to travel, it makes shooting that much more exciting!

  2. Love these photos! I’m heading back to Ireland next week and these are totally psyching me up — last time I was there I only had a point and shoot, can’t wait to return with a DSLR!

    • Oh I’m SO happy for you! My boyfriend, Blake, and I have been toying with the idea of returning! It’s SUCH a wonderful country. Having a nice camera makes all the difference.

  3. Your pictures are really beautiful, creative and refreshing… or is it the beautiful landscape of Ireland and the people ?? :)
    I really liked your blog. The writing part is equally good.

    • Sorry I am just now seeing this! I shoot with a Nikon D3000, and these particular pictures were shot with several different lenses! I’m glad you like the rugby one! It’s one of my favorites. xo

  4. :O these are incredible! That black and white portrait of the guy and the landscape shots in particular are just amazing! Like my desire to go to Ireland wasn’t already at an all time high, this is just so inspiring! And also, ha, you’re an amazing photographer! Yay, go you!

    • Thank you so much Jasmine! You are so lovely!
      That handsome man in black and white is my darling boyfriend, Blake. He’s such a good sport, I’m always shoving a camera lens in his face!

  5. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up!
    I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back
    in the future. All the best

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