Snapshots of a Robot Camera

For me, having fun with photography is what it’s all about, and this robot camera provides it in bucket loads.

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It’s super light, fits in your pocket and has 3 lenses. The viewfinder is non-existent as is the ability to frame a shot. But this camera is more about capturing moments with the hope that one of the 3 images is usable.

I got given this camera as a birthday present a couple of years ago. As I’m often working on commercial or personal projects this camera isn’t a viable option. But after so long collecting dust on my camera shelf surrounded by my beloved Olympus MJU II and Pentax 1000 I decided to take it with me everywhere I went for a week…

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Running Away to Join the Circus

When it comes to photography I am a great believer in saying yes to as many opportunities as possible to expand your skills. Earlier in the week I was invited by family friends (who have 10-year old twins) to come to the circus.

I have shot much performance photography in the past but thought it’d be an interesting way to stretch myself. Inside the circus tent itself I wasn’t allowed to shoot video or use flash, but I often find restrictions can make you think outside the box.

It was a small circus but this worked to my advantage as I could get a front row seat and get up close to the incredibly talented performers.

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Shooting Tennis on Film

Recently I was very lucky to attend the Eastbourne tennis finals. Amongst other top athletes I got to see Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wozniacki play. I love sport and have always captured the moments digitally but I wanted to push myself and aimed to photograph the day on film.

My camera of choice was my Pentax Espio, it’s a ‘point and shoot’ camera which allowed me to not worry about changing settings and enjoy the tennis. I shot on Agfa 200 film, I chose a film with an ISO of 200 as it was a bright day and I was really interested to see how a budget film (£1!) reacted to high speed action. I am impressed with the results considering that the film and camera all together cost me £3.50!

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Runners-Up

Having been a lifelong supporter of my hometown club BHAFC yesterday was a dream come true. 20 years ago the club nearly went extinct and now their on the way to the premier league after finishing 2nd in the Championship. I went to my first match (away to Watford!) aged 5 and got my first season ticket when I was 6 so it was great to celebrate not only the teams success but the all the ups and downs over the years. Below are some of my favourite photographs I took during the day.

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Black and White Bikes of Europe

As a big fan of cycling I often find myself subconsciously photographing cycling culture as I travel. I love taking time out of travelling to rent a bike and see the country from the road, it allows you to go off the beaten track and in some cities it can be a great money saver. Here are a selection of my favourite cycling snapshots I took while travelling from Denmark to Switzerland (by train)..

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Cycling with a Fish-Eye

Since getting my new fixed gear bike last month I have been wanting to go out and capture a journey with a camera. I chose my fish-eye as it’s light, sturdy and would hopefully capture both the bike and some of the surroundings. Due to being a film camera it was difficult to know what I was capturing especially as I was having to balance and steer at the same time. I’m happy with the results although I want going to go out again and experiment more with the fish-eye capabilities.