What can I say about Ireland?
I first visited the eastern coast, north of Dublin, for a short business trip in November 2014. Although I enjoyed my time there it was not leisurely, and I had no time to really explore or immerse myself in the experience. Fast forward to March 2015 and I was back, on my own, for yet another business trip but this time for two weeks, which gave me an entire weekend to myself. That led to a decision to purchase a ticket for a scenic bus tour up to Northern Ireland, which changed my life more than I could have ever imagined. The genesis was our stops along the amazing rocky coast, including Giant's Causeway and a visit to the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. All I had with me was my trusty Windows Phone; I never thought about bringing even a point-and-shoot camera, and I did not own a DSLR.
After returning home, I started looking over my photos, tinkering with them in Lightroom (which I had only dabbled in several years prior), and for the first time I was looking at photos I took and feeling genuinely impressed. I remember looking at one in particular and having a bit of a sense of amazement that I had been the one to make it, and thinking to myself, "Maybe I have some talent here." Soon after, I bought a Canon T5i and a couple kit lenses and the rest, as they say, is history.
Unfortunately, I wouldn't return for another four years, until I went over for another business trip in June 2019. By then, I was completely obsessed with landscape and nature photography and lugged my gear across the ocean, having planned ahead to stay a few extra days. I intended to head to Northern Ireland again to revisit the locations that first inspired me but after seeing the weather forecast (heavy rain and flash flooding) I made a last-minute decision to head to the southwest corner of the island instead, to Kerry. I wish I had more time but some of my favorite images of my photography career to-date were made on that trip.
Below, you'll find a collection of images from that 2019 trip, along with some of the cell phone photos that sparked that flame in 2015 (don't judge them too harshly, some of the editing makes me cringe now!). I can truly say I love Ireland; for its people, for its beauty, and for its impact on my life. Thinking about what that one weekend has meant to me over the intervening years nearly brings me to tears.
I hope you enjoy. I cannot wait to visit again.
(if you'd like to read more about my first steps into photography, check out this blog post)
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