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The Column is a monthly feature that explores the world of creativity and aesthetics.

Snap Happy
Mike de Sousa, Director, AbleStable

A recent trip to the Brecon Beacons in Wales rekindled my passion to take photos. It was a trip to the Welsh mountains in my mid teens that kick-started my love of photography. I had set out with a cheap plastic camera and promised myself that if I came back with some snaps I was happy with, I'd invest in a camera that would allow me to explore the medium further. I was fortunate that the landscape was so powerful that even a novice would return with some great images - I was hooked.

Nearly thirty years on I returned to a different part of Wales, this time with a lightweight digital camera. My Nikon SLR had been gathering dust on the shelf for some time. The Sony CyberShot is fine for snaps, but the tiny lens captures little light and delivers poor detail for landscapes or demanding conditions. That said, I've often found that the limitations imposed by the medium or tools I use forces me to consider the focus of my attentions more carefully.

The photos below touch upon my visual experience of the Brecon Beacons. Climbing to the top of a peak along the lesser known paths can take your breath away, and I hope you both enjoy the happy snaps I took on my journey, and encourage you to pick up your camera and go for a stroll...

Click on an image below to view an enlarged version:

Hill Ridge: click to enlarge
Fading Hillside: click to enlarge Bracken: click to enlarge
Hill Ridge: click to enlarge
Two Hills: click to enlarge
Resevoir Bridge: click to enlarge The Lookout: click to enlarge
Heather and Hils: click to enlarge


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Authors background
Mike de Sousa is the Director of AbleStable®. Mike has been commissioned as an artist, music composer, photographer, print and web site designer, and author. Mike is also the Creative Director of 2BrightSparks, a software company.

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