Don’t Forget Your Camera

All too often I forget to carry my camera with me, and I miss some great shots. Each time, I tell myself that I need to remember to bring it with me the next time I head out the door, only to forget again.

By neglecting to carry my camera with me on a regular basis, not only do I miss out on some wonderful shots, but I also don’t get the practice that I need to improve my photographs.

Are you doing the same thing? Are you making it harder to improve your photography while missing great shots?

The solution is simple:


If you have your camera, you’re likely to use it. Using it more often will result in an increase in the quality of your shots. Practice makes perfect, right?

For the month of July, I’ll be doing this. My camera will go everywhere with me. Part of my job this month is to document the daily happenings around me. This will force me to grow accustomed to carrying the camera with me everywhere, and remember to take pictures. I will be treating this forced lesson as the beginning of a long-term habit. I have a nice little point-and-shoot camera that fits perfectly into any of my pants pockets. Soon, it will become a frequent resident of those pockets as it joins me on my daily adventures.

What About You?
Are you going to continue wishing you took better pictures? Will you keep regretting that you missed some great photo opportunities because you didn’t have your camera with you? Join me this month as we work to make a habit of always having our cameras with us.

The Mini Door – Photo

How do you get into St. Patrick’s? You enter through this door. Not the big door, silly! The small one.
These cut-out doors captured my attention for some reason. I find them quite amazing. We have actually only seen the big doors open once, and I think that was a matter of chance.

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Secret Garden – Photo

Looking out our window while staying in St. Patrick’s provided a fabulous view of the secret garden. This photo is from late January, with everything in bloom it is even better now.

The bell tower is off to the right.

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St. Patrick’s – Photo

Upon first arriving in Ireland, this is where we stayed until finding a flat for the semester. St. Patrick’s College shares a campus with National University of Ireland, Maynooth (where we are attending.) St. Patrick’s is the oldest Catholic college in Ireland. This building, also named St. Patrick’s, is the home of the monks who live here, and the seminary students. It is also the temporary accommodation for visitors and new students.

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Photo Scavenger Hunt – Redeveloped!

Nicole has announced another photo scavenger hunt, so I thought I’d jump in again. I definitely enjoyed the last one and expect this one to be just as good.

What is a Photo Scavenger Hunt?
For you new readers, a photo scavenger hunt is exactly what it sounds like; a scavenger hunt where, instead of bringing back the item, you take a photo of it. Of course, this means that it can be more flexible than a traditional scavenger hunt. I can’t very well carry a tiger around with me, but if it’s on the list, I can take a photo of one (from a safe distance).

The List:
I will be adding photos as I take them (Click on photos to see them full-sized).

  1. Souvenir – The mugs have characters from the Finnish children’t story, Moomin, and were a gift from the neighbors. The glassware was a wedding present, it is from a Finnish design company, Marimekko.
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  2. Fish
  3. Religious Building – This tiny building is located inside the cemetery.
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  4. Fire Department
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  5. Manhole Cover
  6. Post Card
  7. Water
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  8. Communication Device
  9. Life Event
  10. Foreign Stamp
  11. Tree – This is my wife’s favorite tree. Of course, it was windy when we came to photograph it. We might return and try again on a less-windy day.
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  12. Living Space of Non-Human – at least it used to be.
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  13. Street Mirror
  14. Decoration Fixed on a House
  15. Foreign Flag
  16. Fire – I love my little can stove! The tea-pot fits perfectly upon it.
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  17. Antenna – This is just a cool-looking antenna that I had never noticed before.
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  18. Phone Booth
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  19. “Verboten” Sign
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  20. Beach
  21. Cityscape
  22. Something Goofy
  23. Something Carved
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  24. Eye
  25. Something Rural
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Wooden Rock Bridge – Photo

Follow the Rock Bridge Trail, and you arrive at this… wooden bridge? If the trees are full of leaves, it can be hard to spot the rock bridge before you see this more obvious wooden one. As you walk between the stone “walls” you are actually walking “through” the bridge; to your right (as seen in the photo) is the actual bridge’s foot. It can be hard to see until you cross this wooden bridge, where its location becomes obvious.

As mentioned before, I proposed in the Red River Gorge and my wife and I returned for part of our honeymoon. My soon-to-be wife walked across this bridge in her wedding dress on the day of our wedding. The (real) Rock Bridge was our backdrop and the first time I saw her in her dress was as she emerged from that path between the stones.

It’s definitely not “just a wooden bridge” to us!

Wooden Rock Bridge