Around Dublin there are quite a few restored mansions. Powerscourt house and estate is one of them. The house was rebuilt in 1731 and at time the gardens were remodeled as well. The second big change happened in mid 1800 when the garden was ‘updated’ according to Italian Renaissance standards.
There are a few ponds and fountains around the garden so I tried some shots with a short exposure….
One of my favourite destinations in India is Hampi. It is by far not the most spectacular place I’ve visited but it made quite an impression on me. I went there twice, once in spring it was absolutely dry and hot. The second time the rice fields were being harvested.
There are a lot of Unesco Herritage sites scattered around the town, and the landscape consist of seemingly random placed gigantic rocks. If you take 700 steps up a hill you get to a temple with the nicest priests and a bunch of monkey’s living up there. It is an amazing place to watch the sunset, and as we later learned even more beautiful when you’re invited by those priests for a sunrise yoga session!
When I flip through my photo’s of the place I mostly notice the beautiful and friendly people around….
Today I’m sharing again two foto’s my mom took on our trip, this is along the coast on the Ring of Kerry. Well worth a drive! The drive in county Kerry is about 180 KM’s long and takes you through different kinds of landscapes. We started out in the lovely small town of Kenmare and drove via the coast up towards Killarney and back through the Gap of Dunloe.
I recently started using Instagram again, I switched from iPhone to Android a while back and the addiction is slowly returning. I love it for posting random pictures to Facebook, but I see more and more people posting their shots over here on WordPress.
Certainly I use some apps for quick editing on my tablet but I think I should keep this blog for some, well, ‘real’ pictures? I took the first picture just now with my phone from my office window. I like it! But it is still an Instagram shot. How do you feel about sharing these on photo blogs?
Today I’m focusing on the thought that we indeed do get sunny days over here in Ireland. Mainly because the sky looks grey, there is a storm going on with a lot of rain and wind and I even heard some rumors about possible local flooding. Sigh.
I intend to post some more pictures about the trip I took down there together with my mom but sadly my Macbook is experiencing some disciplinary issues. So for the moment I am sampling Photoshop’s online editing tool with some of the pictures I found stranded in my mailbox.
On a cold sunday in March I took a walk with two of my photo-happy colleagues. We decided to explore another corner of Dublin.
The city is divided between the North- and South side by the river Liffey, I took these pictures just a little North of where I live. It’s not really the best area in town but for me all the more reason to take a look!
Lately I’m getting a little carried away with filters. I like to use for example Snapseed for iPad when I have some time on my hands. Is it too much?
I took this from the common roof terrace on our apartment building. I am so sad the weather here in Ireland doesn’t let us use it more often!
I only got my DSLR last summer. That means that most of the pictures I have been taken were taken with a compact. Ok, the compacts also evolved a bit. The pictures below were taken with a small camera that allows some manual settings as well, but nevertheless a compact. They are especially nice for places you can’t bring your big heavy camera and where your phone isn’t enough due to poor light.
These pictures I took in 2011 at an Aerosmith concert. Would I have been much better off with a DSLR?
Side-note: I just downloaded these pictures from Facebook. The quality isn’t that great :)
I like old things. I dont know why. Very often I’m pretty practical and I want things to function but every now and then I can get completely lost at a flee market or a second hand bookstore. Old stuff is simply nicer than new stuff!
What I especially like is an object with a story. I have this lovely old leather handbag from my grandma. They day she dug it out of her wardrobe (or treasure chest if you will) we found the receipt for it still in one of the compartments. Together with a hairpin from when she had long hair and a painkiller from 1969. I decided not to use the painkiller but every now and then I get that handbag of it’s special place in my dressingroom and use it despite the fact that the leather got a little stiff, of that it hardly fits my walled, phone, camera and water bottle. I guess that women didn’t try to carry full supplies in ’69?
Yesterday I got another old family item from my mother. When she went to her bookcase she found the bible my grandma received when she did her holy communion in May of 1950. There are some handwritten notes from her, maybe her mother or her teacher in it.
Even though I haven’t really decided yet what I think of religion or the church I like this bible. Since I most likely wont read from it I put it to good use and took some pictures of it.
The girl in the picture is my grandma 62 years ago, holding the bible in the pictures below.
It’s been a while.. I have a lot of pictures from our Trip to Val Thorens, France and I haven’t taken any time to do something with them. Luckily I remembered to put some on my iPad and tried out some photo editing apps on the plane the other day.
Val Thorens is a small skiing town at 2300 meters high. The town itself is nothing special but the location is lovely, it is positioned right on the slopes! The highest slopes are around 3200 meters high and you have some awesome views. A few of my iPad experiments…..