Day 6 & 7 of Europe Trip 2012: Dublin & Back to Bristol

One more full day in Dublin and then back to the UK. Since yesterday involved a lot of walking, we decided to go check out places that were a bit closer to where we were staying. First stop, Trinity College – the best university in Ireland.

The Sphere Within Sphere (Sfera Con Sfera) can be seen in different versions all over the world! Here is one of the versions!

HDR picture of Trinity College!

Apparently this sculpture of Molly Malone is an attraction in Dublin… And the leprechaun just happened to be there too.

Next stop, Temple Bar… It’s pretty much a street laid with cobble stone with a bunch of different restaurant/pubs. Really cool area!

I still think all the brick buildings are pretty cool.

Look who I’ve found!!

Next stop, St Patrick’s Cathedral

HDR pic of the outside of the cathedral.

HDR pic of the inside.

More wandering around Dublin!

The Ha’penny Bridge! It had a bunch of locks locked on the bridge. Pretty cool to see.

The next day, we bummed around for the morning and then headed off to the airport back to Bristol and back to Gloucester.

Back in Bristol waiting for the train at Temple Meads station.

The last picture is another HDR pic. I think it turned out alright!

I have a feeling it’s going to take me a long time to post my whole trip on here… Oh well.

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Week 43 of HDR Project: Oak Bay Marina

Wow, last post of the year! I guess I’ll write a recap or something in the next post. But here’s a set of pictures for my HDR project that’s almost nearing an end. Not sure if I should keep going on with this project or not? Maybe I’ll update it once a month? I dunno… I’m always happy to hear suggestions. Or maybe a different photo project? Comments/suggestions below in the comments box pleaaase!

So anyways, this week is the Oak Bay Marina. It has a really good restaurant, and an area where you can go down to the docks to check out the boats that are docked there. There’s also seals that hang around a certain area. They can do a few tricks too if you have food! You can buy a bag of herring at the store to feed them. So yeah, here’s the pics. Enjoy!

10mm, ISO 200, F6.3

10mm, ISO 200, F6.3

Busy busy busy!

It seems like I never know how I get so busy… It’s either not busy at all, or crazy busy. Never in between. But it’s been good – working (on day 17 out of 19. SO close to having a weekend!!), rock climbing, hanging out with friends, and going to new restaurants in Victoria. On top of all this, a lot has been on my mind too.

My friends, Shannon, Louis, and I decided to do a “read the Bible in a year” thing, but this time it’s in chronological order. It’s definitely better than reading it from cover to cover (in my opinion). We’re just over a month into it, and it’s been super good. I know it’s super cliché to say this, but it’s true… A lot of times when you don’t know what the heck is going on, you just have to trust in God, because He has a plan for you. I’ve noticed that throughout the readings, that theme keeps coming up. We read the Bible and clearly see what’s going on, but when the tough times roll in, we tend to become blinded and forget about the stories we read and how God has everything under control… In the end, everything will be ok. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right??

It’s my birthday coming up soonish, so I have quite the dilemma… Been thinking about this for a while. I’ve decided to spoil myself by buying a new lens for my camera!! This summer I REALLY want to try doing some rock climbing photography… Or at least give it a try since I LOVE rock climbing… So at first I wasn’t sure which one to get because there’s just too many to choose from. But the more I think of it, the more I wanted a prime lens because it’ll force me to be more creative (at least that’s what I think). So that really narrows down my choices (sort of). After more thinking, I’ve decided to go for one of the following:

• Canon 50mm F1.8
• Canon 50mm F1.4
• Sigma 50mm F1.4
• Canon 35mm F2.0
• Sigma 30mm F1.4

So many choices, right?? But after doing more research and thinking, I was able to narrow it down to three lenses because the Sigma 50mm was out of my price range, and I hate the feel of a bunch of Canon lenses because they feel really cheap, so the Canon 50mm F1.8 was out. So here’s the choices:

(From left to right: Sigma 30mm F1.4, Canon 35mm F2.0, Canon 50mm F1.4)

I went to Japan Camera and Lens and Shutter to check out the lenses, and once they threw on a 35mm, there wasn’t enough zoom on it, so I guess now my only option is the Canon 50mm F1.4. Any suggestions? Thoughts? Comments?

Now onto something totally different…. Rhiannon and I went out to Ferris’ for dinner on Tuesday, and it was awesome! We bumped into a busker she met recently, and he said he was playing at an open mic at the White Bird (I think that’s where it is… I keep forgetting). But anyways, we decided to check it out. We had a few hours to kill, so we did a huge walk around downtown and along the water and finally went to Tim Hortons to have a hot drink. Afterwards, we headed over to the White Bird to check out this open mic. It was definitely a weird vibe when we got there. It was like a small group of people that all knew each other. So at first it was this girl singer with bass and drums backing her up. They were alright except they haven’t practiced much and things started to sound the same… But the music was alright. Next was an opera singer who sang a song which was kinda cool. And then another girl that just sang one song acapella. Next up was this talented guitar player. Thank goodness someone that was really good! Next was a hippie who did a pretty crazy cover of the Beatles. Interesting guitarist… He even beat-boxed a little… Next person was the busker that Rhiannon knew. Wasn’t a huge fan of him because his voice sounded like Creed or Nickelback or Staind (he DID play a Staind cover) or any of those kind of bands. And he just yelled… It almost seemed like an open jam session. And then we left during the last set (I think). Interesting night… Weird venue. Weird musicians. Song butchering. Yeah I dunno, oh well! Makes for an interesting night… I didn’t have my camera with me at the time and I refused to use my iPhone to take pics of the open mic, sooo I’ll leave you with this picture at the White Bird.. Thank you Stachetastic for making this epic.

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