We just finished an incredibly beautiful photography workshop in Ireland! These were taken in Southern Ireland; the workshop had a second week in Northern Ireland, but I had to get back home. If you're interested in future workshops, check out Corbell Photographic Workshops at www.tonycorbell.com. My new hubby and his business partner Rob Hull team up to put on some amazing workshops, including portrait and lighting workshops as well as scenic. Hawaii and Tuscany Italy are in the works for next year. There is even a new online CPP class (Certified Professional Photographer training) that starts July 27th, so if you are a professional photographer needing to get certified, this is your chance! Tony and Rob are the perfect hosts, and the workshop attendees always have a great time and give great reviews (just check out the site). Enjoy the photographs, I certainly enjoyed making them!
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Dublin, a city of over half a million, is a bustling hub of activity filled with colorful businesses and a wealth of pubs. I loved the flower baskets and ledges that dressed the storefronts of much of downtown. I would soon find out that flowers on buildings are common throughout Ireland. They even have a "Tidy Town" competition every year throughout the country. Maybe we should start that here?! While in Dublin we visited (among other places) Dublin Castle, Trinity Library (inspiration for the library in Harry Potter), and the Guinness Storehouse. I'm not a beer drinker, but the process was fascinating and the view from the top floor was fantasitic...and the cold pint of Guinness was the best pint I've ever tasted. Well, it was the only pint I've ever tasted. Oh, and I had to put a seagull photo in here...they are everywhere!
The Irish Countryside... this is where I fell in love with Ireland. First stop was the Rock of Cashel, a large castle ruin, followed by another castle stop, and finally Sneem, a charming coastal village, with gorgeous water scenes and great places to explore. This was followed by a day in the mountains at a working sheep farm and some epic views around the Ring of Kerry and Killarney National Park.
Our final days were spent in Killarney and Ennistymon, with stops at the Cliffs of Moher (think "the Cliffs of Insanity" from the Princess Bride!), the lost city of Clonmacnoise, and Tullamore, where we learned the secrets of distilling a proper Irish whiskey. (Ok, maybe not THE secrets.) As you can see, I have a fondness for Celtic crosses in graveyards, rock walls and stone windows. And just so you know what you are looking at, there were some metal "angels" erected along the road back to Dublin, and I took a photo of one as we passed by. We ended up where we started, in Dublin. What a trip!