About Us

Well what is there to say, not a lot really…. We, as a family have had many cameras and video cameras, but that is it.  They would generally collect dust and not get used.  Yes when our son was young we would get the camera out and take snaps and pester people at family festivities and of course holidays, but other than that nothing.

Well, a few Christmas’ ago my husband asked for a new camera. I purchased him the FujiFilm Finepix S5700 for just over £150 and off he trotted. The old dog had learnt that when camera appears, pose, poppa is filming.. must pose and be on best behaviour.  Well the retrievers are a different matter, when poppa appears with the Camera it oh a new toy for us.. and are bounding around so much it is hard to take a picture.

Finally a camera that gets used, and we have taken some very good snaps.

I was happy with my little Digimax 450, point and shoot, nothing technical… I don’t do technical..  But you know what men are like with their toys, the more buttons, settings and gadgets they can have the better.

Even if they don’t understand what every feature does, they still have to have them.  One thing I have noticed is that when he was using is Fujifilm camera, most pictures were taken on auto, (whatever that means).  Can’t grumble though as some of the pictures have been absolutely brilliant.

However, this Christmas and when asked he wanted to have one of these super-duper cameras.  You know the ones with interchangeable lenses.  So off we went on our search of the internet and the one that caught his eye was the Canon EOS1100D..  No wonder it caught his eye, it was over £400 on some sites, just for the body of the camera.

Well as luck had it we were shopping at Bluewater and walked into Currys and they were doing a deal where the you could get this specific camera with a 18-55mm lens for £378.99.  What a bargain   so we waited until after Christmas and he collected all his Christmas money together added the rest and set off for Currys.  Well that was the deal before Christmas, the after Christmas deal was the same but if you paid an extra £100 you get the 75-300 lens as well.

You guessed it as the sales person was explaining things, I just nodded.. everything was whooshing straight over my head.

So home we come armed with a camera and two lenses.

After unpacking the box and acting like a child with a new toy, I was promptly given the Fujifilm camera and an instruction manual.  Well I have read the manual for days and I still don’t have a clue what optical zoom is and what digital zoom is.  I suppose the only way I am going to learn how to use this camera is to be brave take it out of the case and get clicking.

But come August 2012, hubby decided that he wanted the new Canon EOS600D, apparently it does this and that and I was promptly handed down the EOS1100D… Oh my god, what they heck do I do with this.. it does far more than the Panasonic one and I have only just learnt that.. Oh I will cope

Well here we are with three decent cameras and a website.  I suppose the only thing to do is go out snapping and post our pictures for all to view.

Yep, when weekends arrive, come rain or shine, me, him and three cameras will be heading for the great outdoors … not forgetting the dogs..

Can’t wait to try those pub lunches out … oh I forgot we are supposed to be taking photos.


38 Responses to About Us

  • Ha-ha-ha – loved every word 😀

    • Bren

      Thank you xx

  • Ajaytao2010

    Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

  • meticulousmick

    Nicely put, look forward to seeing your photos develop, so to speak……MM 📷

    • Bren

      Thank you, for visiting my blog..

  • meticulousmick

    Bren, thanks for the follow. Be interested to know what you think of Lightroom as I need to get some photosoftware given that I could not transfer my Corel package onto a Mac. I am a bit worried by your escalating budgets mind 😉

    • Bren

      Hi, I have just purchased the upgrade to Lightroom 5 and I swear by it. The first Lightroom I owned was Lightroom 4 and even though I have Photoshop Elements 10, most of my processing is done in Lightroom.

      As for our escalating budgets, well that is down to us both jumping in with both feet without thinking.  If we just stopped ourselves running head first into things we could have saved some money…  I also purchased the Nik Collection from Google.. as it is on offer for $149 dollars for all the range of products.. whereas Silver Efex 2 was $199 on its own before Google purchased Nik Software.

      • meticulousmick

        Thanks, will look into lightroom, hardly know where to start…..MM 💡

  • oawritingspoemspaintings

    Spectacular photography! Looking forward to following 🙂

    • Bren

      So sorry for my late reply… I must have missed your comment… Thanks for visiting my blog.

  • CrazyGuyinThailand

    Outstanding blog

    • Bren

      Thank you very much. xXx

  • poppytump

    Lovely images of some familiar places and with the added humour, generous tips and links I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog Bren !

    • Bren

      Thank you ..  my humour has been known to get me in trouble at times 😀

  • hbs1991

    I am hoping that this comment section you have set to waiting for moderation. as you can delete it after reading it.

    I have scoured your website/blog looking for contact us in some form and never could locate any contact form or email address..

    I just wanted to let you know that I your facebook widget on the left hand side was not working, most often only fellow bloggers will let you know about errors or things not working (I did get to your FB page through the “Find Us” on your menu, well don’t you know now the widget appears to be working)

    Also I am very interested in your WordPress theme which I saw was twenty fourteen I believe. I am have been pulling my hair out trying to locate a theme I like for a self hosted website for my baskets and another for photography, plus I do work for a local tobacco shop (cigars & pipes ) and they are desperate need of an updated blog/website, and I love this theme you have chosen!
    I saw where it said it was customized, did you build it yourselves? I would have to do all the work myself (and I am not a computer guru) but have learned a lot over the six years of my blogging on WP.com

    See I needed to learn Product photography for my baskets and other art work, now with the local cigar shop they would like for me to do a blog for them and the product photography goes hand in hand with that. Who knows perhaps I will add profession product photography to my resume one day.

    BTW, I am a subscriber to your blog every since I found you on Leanne Coles blog, I probably will never get to England, but like I have said before in comments on your blog I can see all the places I love about England through your eyes.

    I would not be a typical tourist there. I would want to go to the countryside, just like you show, would be nice to see the palace and all, but seeing the daily lives of people and what they see in their parts of the country is what appeals to me most. Your photography is the the best on England that I have seen and I have looked a lot, Everyone wants to show you London. I live in Virginia and a British Friend reminded me one day that England is so diverse in a small country only about the size of the state of Virginia. Well you both do a splendid job~

    Sincerely ,
    Mitchell Webster
    Heritage Baskets Studio & Chair Caning

  • Bren

    Hi Mitchell

    Oh that Facebook widget is a pain at times, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.  The customising of this Twenty Fourteen theme was really simple.  All I did was pay for the custom upgrade and then picked the colours I wanted and that was it…. I had to add a bit of CSS for the front page so that the images floated next to the post descriptions, but that can be found on the support site of wordpress.com.

    I know how you feel, I stuck with the Twenty Eleven theme for months and months… but I love the freshness of the pale colours in this theme.  So pleased to hear that you will be blogging, look forward to reading your posts and seeing your pictures.

    Yes the city of London gets photographed a lot… and it is these unknown places that we hope to show people.  It is nice going to the city every now and again.. but the beauty of England is its stately homes, castles and country gardens.  I am glad you are enjoying our blog and thanks for following us.

    Bren xx

  • hbs1991

    Thanks So Much Bren! For all the helpful and useful information about the blog theme, I for one love your bog for the paler colors, they accentuate and and compliment the photography so well. I for one just do not like how so many of the theme for photography ae all black background, for me it is just to hard to read any writing on the page while it makes the pictures stand out, I feel your choice is so easy on the eyes. well like I said before just love what you have done!  I will not copy what you have done but I can see how creative you can be with this theme.
    Thanks so much for taking the time to reply back. Have a wonderful day!


    • Bren

      You are welcome… yes I found that the lighter colours were more pleasing on the eye… as soon as I changed the theme… If anyone was trying to read yesterday, they would have one minute have seen, green, pastel yellow, paler green, coffee coloured posts… I was trying them all out and didn’t realise that I didn’t have to keep saving the changes until I was happy with what I did.  Oh well you learn something new each day xx

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  • Swav

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    Warm regards from sunny and a bit rainy Ireland, Swav

  • bookreviews1966

    Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch

    • Bren Ryan

      Thank you for stopping by xx

  • bobmielke

    I’ve been doing what you described except that I started 45 years ago. I worked my way up through the gear and have actually chosen to downsize my gear as I’ve gotten older and therefore don’t wish to drag around a 5 pound brick around my neck. I’ve long since retired as a professional photographer and entered into the blogging world 3 year ago. I just relocated from the West coast of the United States to the East Coast, New England to be more precise. I picked the perfect time to move as my hosts are photographers and experts on where to go for the best Autumn experience. I’m glad you stopped by my site. You’re welcome to return as I document my new life in Uxbridge, MA.

    • Bren Ryan

      Thank you for dropping by… oh New England… I am so jealous… I have seen some wonderful photographs of New England and next time we visit the USA we are going to do the East Coast… Only the next time I visit, I doubt very much if my hubby will get me back on the plane to go home.  I just love the USA.

  • Ray Laskowitz

    Thank you for following Storyteller. — Ray

    • Bren

      You are welcome xx you have a wonderful blog x

  • Sahana

    Wonderful photographer, you really are! 🙂

    • Bren

      Thank you for such a lovely comment.. it is greatly appreciated.

  • Helen Bushe

    Your enthusiasm shines through,

    • Bren

      Thank you xx I just love experimenting with photography… especially the processing side.

  • nowathome

    Have great fun with your cameras!! Thank you so much for following my blog!!

    • Bren

      Your are welcome and thanks for the lovely comment xx

  • the dune mouse

    what a beautiful website. Exquisite photography and I found you through Leanne’s MM!

    • Bren

      Thank you very much for your lovely comment. xx

  • niasharmafiction

    You’ve got a lovely style of writing-I can almost hear you talking it out loud! and it is all very interesting! I have picked up a camera again after many years break and mostly shoot on the ‘intelligent auto’ setting. I can use macro. I am wondering how to move to the next step but feel a bit daunted. I have a Panasonic Lumix TZ80. I have access to a proper Canon that I may pluck up courage to try one day! I look forward to looking at your photographs.

    • Bren

      Thank you very much.. So glad to hear you’ve picked up your camera again… it can be rather daunting coming off of auto, especially for the first time.  When I came off of auto I went to Aperture Priority Mode and just worried about the aperture and by setting my camera to an ISO of 100 I let the camera sort out the shutter speed.  I do use shutter priority now and again when wanting to shoot a moving object but I tend to stick to aperture priority mode for most of my picture taking.  Have a good weekend and again thanks for the lovely comment.

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