I didn’t know a vacation could be this good. During our two weeks in Ireland, we explored exciting places, experienced stunning beauty, and met charming family. And Margaret and I found rest for our spirits and shared an experience that would serve as a touchstone for our new marriage.

Our last day in Ireland came. As evening fell, we decided to stroll Dublin’s streets one more time.

Dublin at golden hour

The light was delicious, golden. I got out my camera.

Dublin at golden hour

We followed streets that had become familiar to us even in our few days in this city.

Dublin at golden hour

But cast in this delicious light, we saw them anew.

Dublin at golden hour

As we walked and talked, we reflected on how fortunate we had been to have been gifted this trip, and to have been able to unplug from our lives for two solid weeks. We talked of our best memories and our favorite adventures. We wished we could have just one more day.

Dublin at golden hour

But wrapping our trip on this note, in this light, was pretty terrific.

Canon PowerShot S95

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Photography, Travel

A golden end to a golden honeymoon

Our Irish honeymoon ended on a golden evening in Dublin.

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Liberty Bell replica

Liberty Bell replica
Olympus XA
Kodak T-Max 400

I shoot this bell a lot; it’s easy to reach from home. It’s a versatile subject. Do you have any subjects you shoot a lot?

Film Photography
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Evening light at Oldfields *EXPLORED*

Flickr’s Explore feature gathers the 500 most interesting photos uploaded each day. They’re chosen entirely by software, using an “interestingness” algorithm that factors how often a photo is viewed, “liked,” and commented upon; and how active the photographer is in viewing, “liking,” and commenting upon others’ photos. You can see today’s Explored photographs here.

Ten of my photos have been Explored, including this one. It’s great fun: each photo has gotten a ton more views, likes, and comments than any of my work normally gets, and I usually pick up a few new followers.

Evening light at Oldfields • Nikon F2AS • 50mm f/2 AI Nikkor • Kodak Ektar 100 • June, 2014

Film Photography

Favorite Photos Week: Evening light at Oldfields

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Evening light over the back deck

One evening in May the setting sun cast a warm, brown light into my neighborhood. I grabbed my Canon PowerShot S95 and tried to capture it. I wish all of my cameras had a “capture this just like it is” setting. Frustratingly, the S95 kept wanting to auto-white-balance the light back to normal. I ended up shooting in program mode in RAW, with white balance deliberately set to capture the light as close to right as possible. And then I tweaked the image further in Photoshop trying to fully recapture that interesting, delicious light, and how it shifted the colors of everything it touched.

I love how my growing interest in photography has attuned me to the world. I used to live in such blindness and ignorance of the subtle, the beautiful, the interesting. Not too long ago, even if I had noticed this delicious evening light, I would have shrugged it off and turned back to what I was doing. I would have really missed out.

Photography

Captured: Delicious evening light over the deck

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South San Francisco

Dog in the bed
Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom 80, Kodak Ektar 100
2015

Film Photography
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Light

Light
Kodak 35, Kodak Plus-X
2015

Film Photography
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