Among my swag of Christmas goodies was a sweeeet Nikon D80 digital SLR camera. Oooooh, but it's lovely. Now if only I could work out how to use it properly, I'd be laughing.
Thankfully, it has the almost-failsafe idiot's remedy of an "Auto" function, and I used that today on the Gold Coast during a spot of lunch with the Clumsy progenitors, plus my aunt, uncle and two rapscallion young cousins. These are my favourite shots:
This is very meta, as Tiffany and Amber were mucking about with a camera plugged into the TV set on "live view" mode. Tiffany - closing in on 13 and about to start high school - is doing her best mugging. She's actually a stunning young lady, a fact not lost on her Dad, who's quite confident he'll be able to keep her house-bound until she's 35.
This is Amber - just turned 10 and all scrawny energy. She just doesn't eat.
I wish I could be like that.
Yes indeed - 2009 will probably be the year I bug the hell out of blog readers with my attempts at proper photography.