adventures in Ireland: giant's causeway & carrick-a-rede | april 2018

Hey all!

Last month I took a trip up to Northern Ireland with some of my friends. We explored Belfast, the Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and a bunch of other cool places. Here are some photos from one of the most (if not the most) gorgeous place I've ever been--the area surrounding the Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

This view... *insert heart eyes emoji here*

Straight from the camera!

...also straight from the camera, besides cropping!

Taken from the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

These places were so incredibly gorgeous, and we were blessed with a gorgeous day to enjoy them. If you ever have the chance, go!
 

- Victoria

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adventures in Ireland: killarney & inisheer | april 2018

Hey everyone!

I have been really busy with traveling and finishing up school for the semester, so I'm trying really hard to get caught up on sharing my photo adventures. These pictures are from the past month. A few are from Killarney National Park and the rest are from Inisheer, one of the Aran Islands.

Torc Waterfall in Killarney National Park

The colors were unreal! The only adjustment I made to this one was adding a bit of brightness.

The Plassey -- wrecked ashore Inisheer Island in 1960. Everyone on board survived.

The island is only a little under 2 miles by 2 miles, but there is over 5,000 miles worth of stone walls!

These sheep were so funny. As soon as they saw my friends and I, they started making a whole bunch of noise. Even the babies started to chime in after a while!

Hope you enjoyed!

Note about the quality: maybe I'm the only one who notices, but the resolution of my photos has gone so downhill. I've tried changing settings, taking photos in better conditions, editing differently, etc... But the fact is that the quality used to be so much better. It is frustrating to have great pictures ruined by camera malfunction/outdated equipment. There have been many pictures I haven't been able to share because the quality is just so bad. I'd love to be able to get a newer camera, but that just isn't realistic right now. I wanted to acknowledge the quality difference in case anyone has noticed though. Thanks for sticking with me anyway!
 

- Victoria

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adventures in Ireland: cliffs of moher - take II | march 31st, 2018

Hey everyone!

I got to see the Cliffs of Moher again! It was a gorgeous day, and I think the pictures came out much better this time. Hope you enjoy!

These were what the tour guide called the "mini cliffs."

Let me know which one is your favorite! The last two are already in my shop.
 

- Victoria

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adventures in Ireland: donegal, sligo, + more | march 17th - 19th

Hey everyone! 

This might be my biggest post to date. I considered splitting these photos up into a few posts but it made more sense to keep them all in one. Myself and a few friends took a trip north to the Donegal area a few weeks ago. It was a fantastic time filled with lots of laughs, hiking, and photo opportunities!

This one and the next three were from our hike up Knocknarea in County Sligo. 

Slieve League is one of the most gorgeous places I have ever visited.

The water is unbelievably bluish teal.

A pond on top of the mountain!

Glengesh Pass

Assaranca Waterfall - first time experimenting with water long exposures. Not perfect, and personally I don't love this style of shot, but it's neat to try new techniques and see the results!

Maghera, County Donegal - a white sand beach in Ireland! The icicles on the rock sides brought us back to reality. 

There are a few small caves along the beach.

Again, I was less than thrilled with some of these photos. Although I like them, the quality is severely lacking quite a few and I was pretty frustrated by that. After the trip, one of my friends went through the settings on my camera and realized the sharpening was turned all the way up. I reset it and took some photos last week. What a difference! Hopefully I'll be sharing those soon. 

Let me know if you have a favorite! 
 

- Victoria

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adventures in Ireland: the ring of kerry | february 4th, 2018

Have I mentioned how beautiful it is in Ireland?

These photos are from a trip I took around the Ring of Kerry. Absolutely gorgeous. The range of terrain around that area is incredible. Mountains, ocean, beaches, rocky stretches, unreal-green hillsides, dry, brown areas... It was an amazing experience. 

This was at a beach in Waterville.

If you love beautiful scenery, add the Ring of Kerry to your list of places-to-travel! 

- Victoria

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adventures in Ireland: the west of Ireland | february 3rd, 2018

Dia dhuit!

(That's the equivalent to "hello" in Irish, but it translates literally to "God be with you!")

Yes... Hello from Ireland! I'll be adventuring here for a few months and I wanted to share some photos with you, because this place is gorgeous. But to be honest... I'm quite disappointed in some of these. I've never shot in these kinds of locations so learning on the fly is a bit tough. I decided to take a more artistic style with the editing on some of the photos I'm wasn't happy with. 

Beach at Lahinch. It was a bit chilly and rainy, but very pretty!

The Cliffs at Moher -- these are the ones I'm really disappointed with, but it was gorgeous in person! Getting to see it was a real treat.

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The wind was unreal. There were a few times I had to fight to stay upright. If you ever go (which you should) and you have long hair, make sure you tie it back securely before getting up to the cliffs... Yeah.. oops.. I got pictures of the other cliffs but the shadows are harsh. The time of day was not ideal for picture taking.

O'Brien's Tower

Poulnabrone -- 3,000 year old tomb/burial ground

I have more to share of other adventures so far--look out for those next week! 

It's quite disappointing to get less than stellar shots of an amazing place, but it was an amazing experience. If you ever get the chance, go! Nothing beats seeing it in person. 

- Victoria