My outing at Lough Key forest park.

Today I decided to visit Lough key forest park in Boyle to take some very good photographs there. I have been there many times before on family outings and with my Outreach group with the Brothers of Charity.

First I wanted to set up my tripod and telephoto lens at the lake to take some good shots of the boats, ducks, swans and the castle on the island. The photographs were very close up as I zoomed in very well on the far side of the lake.

Then we went for a walk in the woodland to take some photographs of the trees and the reflection of the tree branches in the water under the bridge.

Swan looking into the camera.

Mum and the swan.

I’m going to practice to get better at getting the horizon straight.

Here are some photos of the interior and the tower of the old church.

Looking up the tower from inside the church

I took photographs of trees with lots of branches on the way into the woodland walk.

The fairy bridge.
This is the castle on the island of the lake.
Line of trees in the woodland.

Learning to use the Tripod and telephoto lens

For Christmas in 2018 I got a tripod in one of my presents for when I was going to get a digital camera. The positive aspect of the Tripod is to keep the camera still when you focus on a subject while taking photographs. I spent the last few days learning how to use it. I am always careful when setting it up so I don’t drop the camera. When I’m using a telephoto lens It feels like I’m looking through a telescope.

Today when it was nice weather with the sun shining I decided to go outside to capture some lovely shots of birds on the bird feeder with my telephoto lens so I can zoom in and take some close up photographs of different birds.

Here is some close up photos of a blue tit and a chaffinch.

When I saw my two cats hugging each other beside the doorstep I decided to get my camera out very quickly to get some shots of them together. They are brothers.

I really enjoyed being outside today and I will look forward to using my tripod and telephoto lens again very soon.

Testing out my new camera

I am a young adult on the autistic spectrum so I see, feel and hear things differently to most people. I just bought a new camera called a Canon EOS 200D and it is in very good quality. I have taken a lot of photographs on my smartphone but smartphone cameras aren’t that good. I decided to buy my digital camera in the Galway camera shop. I have been practicing in the garden with the camera taking very good photographs.

I took photographs of an old tractor, flowers, the ponds and my cats. They have come out in good shots.

I decided to zoom in very closely to the flowers to get the texture.

These are my cats who I love to spend time with.