The Divine Goat (thedivinegoat) wrote,
The Divine Goat

photofriends Intro Post

I posted this as my intro post at [community profile] photofriends, but as all the entries are member-locked I thought I'd repost it over here.

I'm a 34 year old, mum of four, living in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.

We have mountains here.

Standing Stones Under the Hay Bluff

(Because I was indecisive and have included so many photos, I've sized the pictures small. However, they're all on Flickr so just click through for the full sized photo)

I've loved photography for as long as I can remember, my Dad was respected photographer and he made sure my sister and I always had a decent camera, (albeit age appropriate!), and taught me how to develop my own photos. (A skill that has sadly atrophied). My first proper camera was a beloved 1960's Pratika with a built in light meter, which my parents got cheap at an auction when I was in my teens.

The next camera I had any fondness for was my Canon PowerShot G2.

glassballs Hugh_Katie_Gill Chewton Plains Sky

Which sadly died a death after years of faithful service when my two year son learnt how to reach things above his head by climbing onto chairs.

I next got a Canon EOS 300D, which I had great fun paying with,

Waldegrave Pool 2 Window Day Fifteen: Twins

and was glad the kids gave a me a good excuse to spend a lot of time at Bristol Zoo.

Red Panda eiderduck Puffer

I also love poppies.

Day Five_Poppy

That then made way for my 400D which was when I also started playing with HDR.

White Castle, Abergavenny St Telio's, St Fagans, National Museum of Welsh Life White Castle Moat

(I also occasionally stole my husbands 30D ;-) )

Dad JulesandCullyn1 The Twins Sleepy Twins

Unfortunately, taking photos, when out on a day trip on your own with four kids, can be extremely hard, (Come on Mummy!) and in the last few years my photography output has declined drastically, so I treated myself to a Canon PowerShot A580, intending it mainly for occasions when my 400D was too bulky, or just too much for what I needed it. And, I've had fun figuring our it's limitations.

IMG_0162 Owen Can you see me? IMG_1022

The last camera I got was my iPhone camera, which for quite a while I didn't consider as a camera of any worth at all. Then I got recced the Best Camera App (the best camera is the one you have with you) and really got into taking photos with it. I now mostly use a combination of Gorillacam, Best Camera, Photoshop Mobile and Colorsplash when taking photos on my iPhone. (Another app I can recommend is Dr DOF, a depth of field calculator)

Merry Go Round Second Severn Crossing End of the School Day Lamp Christmas Is Over

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