But There’s Always Ireland

I am officially an unemployed college graduate and living the life of job applications and Craigslist ads. Only one of those jobs have even mentioned a higher education. It’s nice to know the majority of my education was on scholarship. The experience was fantastic, but the return paper doesn’t appear to be entirely necessary.

The goal is a studio, an art showing, my own business. The reality is sitting on the couch watching the Olympics.

At this point, the goal could happily be reduced to a shabby-chic studio apartment, art showing on my walls, and twice the business I currently have.

The good news is those that this is not the good news and that is that living with one’s parents leave a lot of time for editing pictures from the single greatest return of a college degree: Ireland.

 Those there are the cliffs of  Carrick-a-Rede, the location of a tiny rope bridge that leads to a tiny  island of the coast of Northern Ireland where the locals used to fish for salmon. Back in the day, the fishermen would cross the bridge with one hand on the single rope and the other carrying their catch. Today, you can cross the bridge with two ropes, no limitations on rocking, bouncing, or swinging. Ireland mostly has a “misbehave at your own risk” attitude towards public locations where tourists and locals are at risk of getting hurt.

Both of the images at the Carrick-a-Rede bridge are panoramas taken with a Canon 50d, 17-35mm lens. The first images consists of 6 images (thank goodness I’d had the sense to update my computer to Windows 7 so I could employ a very speedy 12 gb of ram instead of the originally… 2.3 gb of ram that I’d been forcing to attempt to run Photoshop. This would not have happened otherwise.) I fought with the usual grey skies of Ireland that constantly threaten your already wet shoes but also hold back the sun just enough that your chances of getting the light of the land to cooperate with the tone of the sky is at about… a .5%. And even if you do get them to cooperate, the clouds are flat and undifferentiated.

The picture to the left that shows the bridge was done with a much simpler 2 images and is taken looking over the other side of the cliffs you see in the initial image. It even displays one of those brief moments of serendipity when you can make out just the slightest cloud line.

More photos are available at www.nowellsphotography.com

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