as we entered the last week of the summer holidays, i was finally bullied, yes bullied (you know who you are) into buying an actual proper camera. it was scary stuff you know. everything so far has just been snapped on my iPhone. i feel comfortable with it and it’s with me everywhere i go. to buy a camera was quite a big deal for me, and then what to buy?! after weeks of umming and ahhing i decided on a compact system camera. much much more than a point and shoot but not as bulky as a dslr. anything too big and i feared i would spend a massive amount of money for something i simply wouldn’t carry around, so it had to be neat and fit in my bag. so that was that, the perfect camera for me. but now what? a grown up proper camera, what on earth do i do now? best way to learn? i was told the same thing by several people, to charge it up and go on an adventure. so that’s what we did.

on thursday we packed up our bags and headed to the coast. a coast where i spent a lot of time when i was a child. east sussex. we plumped for camber and spent the day on the beach, in glorious sunshine. we had a marvellous day, so much so that on saturday we came back but this time with daddy. here’s a few of my very first shots on my grown up camera. i have a lot to learn.

the digging begins

camber and the digging begins

the horizoncamber horizon

silhouettes camber silhouette

into the seacamber into the sea

wave jumpingcamber wave jumping

and out againcamber running in the waves

the sand bankscamber sand banks

is it a bird?camber is it a bird

no it’s ronnie and his seagull kite!camber seagull kite

building work is completed, a sand castle kingdom sprawls out before uscamber sand castle kingdom


  1. September 1, 2013 / 12:00

    WOW! And in this case I don’t care about being called a bully, because look at the photos you’ve taken! Did you do some editing to them? The only reason I ask is because they still have the HPMCQ look about them, the slightly washed out, blue tinge, high contrast style that I love. Really love the top photo and the silhouette one.

    And that castle kingdom is epic!

    (I’m not really a bully!)

    • September 1, 2013 / 21:08

      i know you’re not a bully, i’m just jesting, you know that. but if it wasn’t for you and that @cheetahsinshoes and her brown owl glare i would never had bought it! so thank you x i long way to go yet but it’s a start x

  2. September 1, 2013 / 20:58

    And there I was thinking that I was being accused of being the bully! *wipes brow* *sniggers*

    Gorgeous pics as ever Mrs – let’s see what you can do with the longer lens next!

      • September 4, 2013 / 22:07

        Definitely! Or a few macro shots of the dew on the spiders webs in the morning now! Bring your book to be signed at the next meeting. Love from Brown Owl x

  3. September 2, 2013 / 01:03

    Amazing photos, you have such a great eye for a great picture. And that castle kingdom… seriously impressive! xx

    • September 2, 2013 / 20:43

      thank you B, i’m really nervous with the camera, very much out of my comfort zone! x

  4. September 2, 2013 / 08:23

    I can’t quite believe up until this point you’ve only used your iPhone. You have an amazing talent. The boy and me is right and an unmistaken ‘look’ to your photos. Beautiful images! Can’t wait to see more 🙂

    • September 2, 2013 / 20:44

      you say lovely things amanda, thank you x and yes everything in the past has been taken on my trusty iPhone! shocking isn’t it! x

  5. September 4, 2013 / 21:53

    Wonderful photos with your new camera – well done! It looks like you had a fun couple of days at the beach, the castle kingdom is very impressive. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    • September 8, 2013 / 18:33

      we had a lovely lovely time, great way to end the summer holidays

  6. September 5, 2013 / 07:54

    Wow, I love photos, but I love that castle kingdom even more! Fabulous! Off to plan our visit there now and see if its lasted…

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