Sunday, August 19, 2007


Quick list of things I want to get

Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED IF Autofocus DC Nikkor Lens
Nikon SB-800 or SB-600 AF Speedlight
Adobe Lightroom
500 GB External HDD
DVD Burner

Problem is that I would like to get all of these items as they all are needed upgraded to my camera gear. The lens would be great, but is also the most expensive. Adobe Lightroom would be extremely useful...but also probably don't need it right away. I can probably go another 6 months or so before I need the HDD as I still have about 200GB free right now..but I don't want to push it too far. Same goes for the DVD Burner.

I think I'm leaning towards the flash as I've lately taken an interest in learning how to use one. Also I've been reading the Nikon D80 user groups on Flickr which has gotten me thinking about things that I would like to do. An email from Iz last week pointed me to which she expressed some interest in doing something along those lines with her dress. That would be quite a lot of fun I think but first would needed to make sure I know what I'm doing. While I'm sure she has plenty of confidence on my ability not to screw up, I'd feel much more comfortable with some practice first.

Anyway...below this I've posted a few images I took today. I was experimenting with water, a pear, and a fast shutter speed. I know that lighting pretty much sucked but I was mainly trying to catch the water mid-splash. Also there are some Images of a clay urn that Katia brought back for me from Ukraine. These took just a minute to set up and I've never really done much in the way of still life photography, but I liked the urn and it inspired me to take these.
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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Shades of Ireland

Shades of Ireland
Familiarization Tour

8 Days

Departure: November 12, 2007

Limerick • Cliffs of Moher • Galway
Farm Visit • Killarney • Ring of Kerry
Blarney Castle • Dublin
Many Meals Included

Day 1: Overnight Flight
Begin your familiarization tour to the Emerald Isle with an overnight flight.

Day 2: Arrive Shannon, Ireland - Limerick
Arrive in Ireland today. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - LimerickHA trip to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, nearly 700 feet high, will leave you gazing in awe at the mighty Atlantic and the stunning views of the Aran Islands!H You then travel to the limestone-rich region of the Burren, known for its natural beauty and unique geological features. Continue through the rugged and scenic countryside into Galway, “The City of Tribes,” and take a brief city tour before returning to your hotel.

Day 4: Limerick - Killarney
Enjoy a short tour of Limerick, taking in the Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the famous Treaty Stone. Experience the customs and daily life of a traditional Irish family with a memorable visit to the Molanna Dairy Farm. After arriving in Killarney, you will be treated to a tour of the beautiful Muckross House and Gardens.

Day 5: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney
Today you will travel along one of the most beautiful coastal routes in the world, the Ring of Kerry. See spectacular ocean scenery as you pass through picturesque villages. After passing through the town of Sneem, travel through rugged mountain passes into “Ladies View,” where you will see spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney.

Day 6: Killarney - Blarney Stone - Dublin
Today is highlighted by a journey to the historic Blarney Castle. Pass through the mountains of West Cork and the scenic towns of Ballyvourney and Macroom before arriving at the castle, where you have the opportunity to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. It is said that those who kiss the stone are bestowed with the gift of eloquence. There will be time for shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills before traveling to Dublin. Tonight you may wish to sample the famous Dublin pubs and experience renowned Irish hospitality.

Day 7: Dublin
This morning you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of this “Fair City.” You will visit Trinity College and see the world-famous Book of Kells, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and Dublin Castle. This evening join your fellow travelers for a memorable farewell dinner celebrating the end of a wonderful fam trip to Ireland.

Day 8: Dublin - Depart for Home
Today you bid farewell to Ireland and depart for home.