I don’t know if you guys read Karen’s blog, but you definitely should. She, like lots of us, keeps her blog to record her experiences while studying abroad. She’s a lot better at it than me; 1) She posts more, 2) she’s very witty, and 3) she takes fantastic photos. Something she does pretty often is take lots of pictures of something really big or cool and pieces them together to make neato panoramas.
So today I was catching up on reading my friend’s blog and was inspired by it. I want to make panoramic photos too! So then I googled about how to use the programs already on my computer to do that.
So now you can enjoy these lovely panoramic photos
I just made. Windows Live Photo Gallery just made for me (the software really did all the work. I just picked which pictures were to be used).
I don’t know what this lovely looking church is called, but it’s in Dublin, and I thought it was neat. So I took pictures of it. But it was really big and I couldn’t get all of it in the screen. Windows Live Photo Gallery says, “No worries! Look how much I can make it look like it’s really just one picture!”
Right?! Neat. (You’ll do best to ignore the street lamp and focus on the building…)
When we talked to Teresa (the kindly Irish woman we stayed with in the Dublin ‘burbs the first two nights) about what we were going to do in the city and we mentioned the Dublin castle, she said to us:
“Now jeekers, girlies, of course you’ll want to be seein’ all the sites. Just keep in mind, now, that when you think of a castle all big and impressive, that’s not what you’ll be findin’ there at the Dublin Castle. It’s so set in the city, you know, that it just doesn’t stand out, if you know what I’m sayin’. I’ve had lots of folks tell me they were a wee bit disappointed after headin’ over there.”
(That all would’ve been much better if I were telling you this story in person. Please read it with an Irish accent. It makes all the difference in the world. And if your struggling with it, give me a call on Skype, and I’ll read it out loud to you in the finest Irish accent I can muster, which isn’t too shabby, if I do say so myself.)
Anyway, here’s what she meant. When you go to the free parts of Dublin Castle, this is mostly what you get to see:
I mean, not that it’s not a neat courtyardy thing, it’s just not so castly like we’d hoped. Maybe if we’d paid for the real tour, we would’ve found more that looks like this (which we found when we went through an archway and around the corner a little bit):
So there you have it. Maybe we missed out on the real part of Dublin Castle. It wasn’t super cool, but still more of a castle that we have at home. Plus, what a great way to start out learning about panoramic photos!