Tuesday, March 20, 2012

So Long And Thanks For All The Fish/Shoes

So.  This is it.
The 12th of this month marked the end of my 365 photo project.  I would have uploaded those last few pictures sooner, but my family was visiting...they only just left.  But now they are gone, giving me the chance to finish this thing.

I have a bunch of pictures.  Some of them are actually from after the 12th, but I assure you...I took a picture every single day from the 12th of March, 2011 to the 12th of March 2012.  It occupied much of my time, and drove me crazy at times.  But I rarely finish what I start.  So I'm impressed if nothing else.

I suppose I will keep this site running as a place to dump photo projects.  I have some ideas in mind.  But none of them are 365 days of daily photography.  That much I'm certain of.

So...here are the final photos.  I sure got around in those last few days...

just some Irish landscape

 Cliffs of Moher

 Leamanagh Castle

some limestone pushing through the earth in the Burren

O'Brien's Castle/Fort 

O'Brien's Castle/Fort from a different (better) angle - i love that mist 

Cliffs by the Dun Aengus Fort on Inis Mor 

Dun Aengus Fort on Inis Mor 

Dun Aengus Fort walls and village

Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge (apparently I was in a panoramic mood)

Coastline near the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge

 and a long exposure at the Giant's Causeway (seems like a good final picture)

later, folks.

Friday, March 9, 2012

In Preparation For Saint Patrick's Day

This old Irish guy was picking through the tubers and root vegetables at Saint George's Market today.  Though we still have a week to go, I'm sure some of his findings will be used in a St. Patty's day dish or two...

mmmm veggies

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Straight-Up Architectural Photography

I enjoy shooting architectural photography.  My images tend to be more abstract...they tend to be portions of buildings as opposed to the whole structure.  Sometimes such a small portion of it that it doesn't seem like an architectural shot at all.  Today, though, I give you straight-up architecture.  Just a building.  The whole thing.  I suppose I'm ok with it because the building is interesting enough on its own...it actually won a prize or two for its architectural style.

  Belfast's Lyric Theatre
...Those accentuated angles aren't (solely) from wide angle distortion.  

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Full Circle

My first post on this site had a photo of tulip buds bursting through the ground and demanding that Spring arrive...it's the last photo.  As the weather gets more and more Spring-like, I'm more inclined to take similar shots.  So, as an ode to both the wonderful weather that will soon hit us full force as well as that photo from so long ago, I give you...


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Took Me Long Enough

I finally finished my urban alphabet.  Finally.  I only have a week left in this 365 day photo project, so I figured I really needed to get out there and find that annoying and elusive "Z".  Here it is...

and here's the whole thing...

A Through Z

Monday, March 5, 2012

Evening Shopping

My wife and I had a few errands to run this evening.  My family is coming to visit us in Belfast next week.  A rather exciting prospect...but also one we need to prepare for.  Mentally, physically but mostly materially.  We only have enough silverware for four people...we will have more than that to feed.  So we made our way to the heart of the city and purchased some necessary things.  I also got a quick photo of a Belfast street...

I love the golden and green tints created by the street and shop lights.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Golden Sky

Today was a free day.  A day all to myself.  So, after sleeping in and eating a massive bowl of granola, I grabbed my camera and headed for the woods.  I'm rather lucky, see, in order to get to the woods you have to go for a nice walk along the river, pass tons of dogs and waterfowl, meander across a meadow and climb a few rolling hills.  Not a bad way to reach my destination.  

...and not a bad destination.  Those trees were very tall.  They might just be able to get at whatever it is they are reaching for.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


It took six months for me to see one of the older nicer looker double-decker buses.  There are tons of the new highly decorated annoyingly loud ones, but those are... well...annoying and loud.

Taking a trip down memory lane.  On memory lane.

Friday, March 2, 2012


I passed this the other day (didn't have a camera then.  Went back today).  I didn't know the quote or who Chuck D was, but in this age of information, it was not hard to find the quote (lyrics to Rebel Without a Pause) or the guy (part of the rap group Public Enemy).  I liked the addition of the hand and pawn piece to what otherwise would have just been some standard quote that works well as graffiti.  The graffiti itself was just some white paint for the letters and tan paper for the hands on a red brick wall behind some green plants.  I edited my shot to better reflect the mood. ...oh, and disregard the artist's inability to accurately quote the song (as interesting as one big chest game would be, I'm sure he meant chess)...

The thing about it that most made me want to get the shot was that it made me think of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.  It is very similar to a "calypso" found in his novel Cats Cradle.  Which is a great book, by the way.

          Bokonon's 53rd Calypso
Oh, a sleeping drunkard
Up in Central Park,  
And a lion-hunter  
In the jungle dark,  
And a Chinese dentist,  
And a British queen -  
All fit together  
In the same machine.  
Nice, nice, very nice;  
Nice, nice, very nice;  
Nice, nice, very nice -  
So many different people 
In the same device.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

With A Little Less Than Two Weeks To Go...

Today my wife reminded me of the fact that the main building at her school, Queen's University Belfast, is beautiful.  It definitely is.  I took a photograph of it awhile ago...indeed I did, but have not used it to its full potential (and I have less than two weeks to go on this 365 day photo thing).  Thus, I decided to see what I could come up with using my 50mm...

Hand-carved oak.  I'm totally guessing on that, but wouldn't be surprised.  Go through it and you'll be greeted by a faun.  The faun part isn't a guess...purely factual.