I've just come home from one of my favorite photography trips ever to Ireland and Northern Ireland. Because I have so many pics I want to do two Steller's; Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way and Northern Ireland and the Causeway Coastal Route. I'll be sharing some camera and shooting tips plus history. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ€๐ŸŒ

My trip started when I drove the four hours from Dublin to Fanad Head (pictured) This was my starting point for 3 days on the Wild Atlantic Way! (north bound)

I did a lot of work with my filters on this trip. I regularly used a circular polarizer from Lee Filters along with a graduated neutral density filter to bring out the dark dramatic clouds. I also experimented with some slower shutter speeds by adding a regular neutral density filter at 4 or 6 stops.

Although I stayed at some great hotels along the way my favorite was on my first night of the Wild Atlantic Way, Rathmullan House! http://www.rathmullanhouse.com

This is a wonderful historical site, Griannan of Aileach. Although this fort is believed to have been built around the birth of Christ it attracts relatively few tourists which was just fine by me.

I visited Fort Dunree on the same day which has some great short hikes and vantage points. My afternoon was then spent exploring the windy roads of Mamore Gap!

On my second day I was already learning that the stories about rainy Ireland are true! Since I find rainy shooting a challenge I made sure I dressed in lots of warm layers with a fully waterproof outer shell and good hiking boots. This way if it started to drizzle I could just pull my camera bag's rain jacket on and hunker down to wait it out. The rain never lasted longer than an hour throughout my whole trip. ๐ŸŒงโ˜”๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Day 3 on the Wild Atlantic Way was a fabulous day of shooting! I started with sunrise close to the it Doagh Famine Village, visited the ruins of Carrickabraghy Castle and wound up at Malin Head for the afternoon.

I can't thank Tourism Ireland enough for working with me on this project. It doesn't usually happen so quickly but I was head over heels in love with Ireland from day 2 and it just got better from there! Check out Tourism Ireland here - www.instagram.com/tourismireland

And get LOADS of info on my trip here - http://www.ireland.com/en-au/what-is-available/visual-arts/articles/lauren-bath-in-ireland/

I'm going to leave you with one more reason to visit Ireland ... POTATO BREAD! (It's where potatoes and bread make a love child and that love child is deep fried and served to you at breakfast time! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ)