Ireland '99: Favorite Shots

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I have put my favorite 25 pictures from the Ireland trip (averaging one per roll :-). If you want more details about the picture, click on it, and it will take you in the PhotoJournal to the day the picture was taken. 

I just couldn't pass up two white horses in green pastures. This is Ireland!

Can't quite figure out why I like this shot so much. It is almost as if the entire picture is all green, and you can make out shapes simply based on the gradations of shades of green.


So its a  typical castle shot, but I still like it :-)

Round towers and celtic crosses dot the landscape, but this pair seems made for each other in this picture. The zig zag of the two monoliths and the connecting wall (both in lines and in depth) make a nice flow.


The one thing I wanted was a picture of me sprawled out in an endless sea of Irish green fields. I have plenty of shots with my arms outstretched, but this one shot Jenn took after I sat up from the sprawled position and contemplated the beauty and amazement of just where I was at did a better job in capturing the fullness than any of my posed shots. 

When I saw the two red heads scrambling down the rocks at the Rock of Cashel, I too was set scrambling and fumbling for my camera to capture this perfect montage of Irishness. I only got a chance to get this one rather hurriedly taken picture, but I am pretty pleased with it!  


Dalkey Island was one of the highlights of the trip. This picture of the Martello Tower on Dalkey Island catches some of the mood I felt on the island. The main land of civilized Ireland sits in a fog in the background, surrounded by a haze of undefinition. The tower, though, stands crisp and well defined, the green of the grass vibrant. It truly felt like the island was more real than the land across the sliver of water Bryn and I rowed over. 

Also on Dalkey, this is a picture of Bryn soaking in the island.


Usage of light contrasts can really make a shot, but unfortunately, my eye only seems to find the patches of lighting after the higher contrast film is developed. This picture at Powerscourt, however, was an exception. Standing there, for once, the contrasts between the lit and unlit was even stronger than what was captured on film. I hardly had to do anything to get this shot of horses galloping in the light, with the lines of the grass catching the slivers of the sun at just the right angle.

The Giant's Causeway is such an interesting place. This shot shows that it is not just lava columns, but at a scenic spot too.


Watching the waves cascade over the columns like hundreds of stepping stones was fascinating. 

Although it is not apparent in the least, I had to put my body in the roughest contortions to get this shot, so even if it turned out only mediocre, I am going to put it here out of stubborness. 


The sunset at Slieve League was simply phenomenal and spiritual. Unfortunately, not many of the pictures really captured its splendor. This one at least touches the massiveness of the sight.

Another Slieve League sunset shot...


Just a country shot that I like... 

Except for the light leakage on the left edge (result of the scanner, not the negative -- I just could not get rid of it), this is one of my most favorite shots from Ireland in terms of composition, and I have no sure reason why. 


There is something about this one that I like -- the castle just seems so huge. When I took this shot, I was pretty proud of myself in positioning the cows just right so that they were just barely connected to the castle and not occluding each other distractively. I think that the three distinct forms help make the shot.

One of the most intensely personal events I have ever had, the Cliffs of Moher were deeply transcendent to me. This picture is therefore quite valuable to me in capturing some of the mood.


Its equally impressive without a person in the shot :-) 

Jenn also caught that amazement of the moment.

Be sure to follow the link to Day 13 to see a full panoramic collage of the moment.


OK, OK.... Don't ask me why I like it. I just was amazed at all of these cows so perfectly aligned, that I had to stop the car and take a shot. Unfortunately, me jumping out of the car scared all of them, setting the order into confusion. I took a picture anyways, and still am pretty delighted by the view. Maybe it is the contrast... 

When we drove by this unknown ruins, I knew I had a cool shot. I used 10 pictures trying to capture the mood of this dark castle in the green field. This one did the best shot -- I think what really makes it is the two different horizon lines leading your eye to that dark spot. It is one of the better shots.


The Skellig islands were so magnificent, I hardly could do wrong by just lifting up the camera and pressing the button, this picture included...

The stairs to the monastery on top of the main Skellig seemed to go on forever, as if we had found a secret staircase to Heaven. This picture caught that...


A final parting shot -- if you look at this picture long enough, you might start to feel vertigo.



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