Sunday, 28 September 2014

Camera Finds: The Canon AE-1 Program

Camera Finds: The Canon AE-1 Program

For this post I will be looking at the Canon AE-1 Program, this is pretty much the workhorse of my analogue photography as it's the one that I have used most often. And there is a reason for that, it's fantastic! Not only does it look great but it's durable reliable and produces excellent photos. I have a few variants of this camera but this is by far my favourite.

When I'm on a photoshoot this is the camera I'll usually use to get a different perspective. I shoot primarily with an 85mm on my main camera and the AE-1 paired with the 50mm 1.8 gives a wider view on things as well as images with a distinct feel to them.


Below are a few photos taken with the AE-1 Program:


Friday, 19 September 2014

Camera Finds: The Polaroid 600 SE

Camera Finds: The Polaroid 600 SE

Over the years that I have been doing photography I have accumulated quite an array of cameras and as my collection begins to grow I slowly learn more about them and I thought it would be good to share my finds in my blog. For my first post I'm going to look over the Polaroid 600 SE. When I was getting ready to write this post I was surprised by how much time had passed since I got this camera! Almost a year has gone by and although I haven't used it quite as often as I would have liked it's definitely a purchase I don't regret. I got the 600 SE in an online auction and as always you never know what the exact condition of the camera will be but I was very happy overall, after a bit of cleaning up and a replacement dark slide it was ready to shoot!



The camera shoots FujiFilm FP-100C or 120 with the appropriate back. This is obviously an expensive camera to use and this is one of the reasons I don't use it too often, although the main being it's size and weight. It's a very comfortable camera to use with it's built in handle and trigger but tugging it along on a photoshoot with my regular gear means I'm sometimes restricted when it comes to shoots that are out of town.

It is definitely one of my more unique looking cameras and it is an excellent addition to my collection! It looks rather good on display even if it isn't used too regularly.

Below are a few images that I took with it on a shoot with the lovely Louise. You can see a blog post on my shoot with her here. And more on my website at www.tomsimmonds.com/bardotsgirl



Friday, 12 September 2014

Tiny Trees Project - Part 1

Tiny Trees Project - Part 1

Way back in April I posted the behind the scenes of a project I was working on at the time to replace my Skeleton Project for something to do between shoots. You can see the behind the scenes post here!


Now after my break I've decided to get the project going again with the posting of the first two images in the series. Unlike the Skeleton Project these won't necessarily be weekly but hopefully they'll be somewhat regular! :)

Below are the first two images in this set. :)


I will also be publishing these images on my website at www.tomsimmonds.com/tinytrees after each blog post so you can keep up to date with the project there too! :)

Sunday, 31 August 2014

InterRail

InterRail

From the 1st of August until the 17th me and a friend went on an adventure through 8 countries in Europe using InterRail passes. We started our journey in our home town of Brighton, from there we drove to the ferry terminal in the town of Newhaven and from there we passed through France, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, back down to Slovenia and Croatia and then back up through Hungary and finally ending the trip in Romaina. From there we flew back to London and caught a train back home.




Below are a few images that I took along the way! Here is where the holiday really began with our train from Dieppe to Paris!



After reaching our hostel we went to explore the local area and then make our way to various landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame.


We were back on the train again and heading for our next stop - Bratislava, however we made a quick stop in Munich along the way and then passed through Vienna!


After Slovakia we made our way towards Pula in Croatia but not before a quick stop in Ljubljana!


During our time in Croatia we visited the Colosseum and the beautiful national park island of Brijuni.


After this we got back on the trains for our journey to Budapest! Here just out of luck we managed to book tickets to the Sziget festival that was happening during our stay. We got to see Queens of the Stone Age and Deadmau5!


Off one last time, although this wasn't our longest journey (that was 24 hours on multiple trains) this was our longest uninterrupted journey on the same train at 16 hours. At the end of it we found ourselves in Bucharest where we visited what is supposed to be heaviest building in the world - the Palace of the Parliament.


And finally we boarded the plane home to England and the journey was over... until next year at least!


You can see my post from last year where I went to the Czech Republic too!