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

Brecon Beacons: Mountain and Sky
Mike de Sousa, Director, AbleStable

Impressive landscape photography is as much about good fortune as sound technique, a fine camera, and a good eye. Like any creative activity, you must become an extension of the medium to achieve any success with it. Last year I took a lightweight digital camera to my trip to Brecon Beacons. This year I returned with my family and a mid-range Nikon which far better captured the spirit of the landscape of South East Wales.

A Pale Reflection

Despite being pleased with some of the photos I took, the difference between my visual experience and the captured image remains as a gaping chasm. No doubt this was in part due to my lack of camera technique, but it was also as a result of the comparative low performance of the image as recorded within the digital realm. The eye continues to view the subject in far more detail and depth.

Close to the Sky

When I look at the images that follow I remember when I, together with my family, witnessed the grandeur of a hail-laden cloud rushing across the ridge at Pen Y Fan, when climbing Sugar Loaf Mountain at dawn, the blue haze of layered distant hills stretching out far towards the English boarders, and where with every step the flow of billowing cloud keeps one company with its soft, ever changing luscious form.

Click the images below to enlarge:

Snow Ridge: click to enlarge
Snow Line: click to enlarge Dark Clouds Gather: click to enlarge
Pen Y Fan Peak: click to enlarge Lone Walker: click to enlarge Twr Pen Cyrn: click to enlarge Hailstorm: click to enlarge
Red Bracken: click to enlarge Hill Behind Trees: click to enlarge The Sun's Rays: click to enlarge
Band of Snow: click to enlarge
Sunrise: click to enlarge Early Morning Hills: click to enlarge Early Morning Hills: click to enlarge
Cold Lines: click to enlarge Snow Clouds: click to enlarge Sun on Hill: click to enlarge Sugar Loaf in Distance: click to enlarge
Rain Falling: click to enlarge Pen Y Fan: click to enlarge
Cloud and Valley: 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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