By: Emily Lovasz
My favorite part about being on this trip is having my camera with me. Not only do I have the opportunity to capture beautiful places that we travel to, but I am learning more and more how to properly use my camera. I am beginning to think about different shots and angles and what would look good in a picture.
During day three of our time in Dublin I was able to capture some amazing shots of the different places we visited. First we started the day at Dublin Castle. The architecture and history of the building was something I have never seen before and I liked being able to capture some of that history.
Second, we walked to St Patrick’s Cathedral. The outside of the cathedral was magnificent with the tall towers and arches. Stepping inside, it opened up to large stained glass windows on each end of the cathedral and high ceilings. We were able to walk around and look at some of the statues and other artifacts that lined the walls.
Third, we got to go to Trinity College and see the Book of Kells. This was something I have been waiting to see as it is a historic piece of Irish history. Although written in Latin, it had beautiful script writing and colors on the pages. I was disappointed however that we could not take pictures. Upstairs from the book was the Old Library. There were thousands of books on dark wood bookcases that lined the walls of the library. Ladders to reach the top books hung from the ceiling in each aisle and statues of famous figures sat on pedestals along each bookcase.
To finish out our day, the group went to visit the Jameson Distillery. We took a guided tour through the distillery where our tour guide showed us how the Irish whiskey is made. It was really interesting to listen to the history of the distillery, how it was started in the 1700’s and how it has evolved today. We got to go into the tasting room where three glasses were set before us. One with Jameson, one with Scottish whiskey and one with American whiskey. Sorry America, the Jameson was the best one. It was smooth and slid down your throat as you took a sip.
Going to the four places we did today I was able to capture moments that I will remember forever. Getting to know how to use my camera has given me the opportunity to take some of the best photos of the architecture and history of Dublin.