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Jane Simmonds

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Jane Simmonds

Jane Simmonds is an amateur photographer living in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire with her husband and four Cocker Spaniels. She has a love of more intimate landscapes and abstract nature images with a growing interest in “alternative” techniques such as in camera multiple exposures.

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Michéla Griffith

Michéla Griffith

My images combine an early love of drawing and painting with a long-standing passion for photographing the landscape. An important part of my portfolio continues to be about the interaction between water and light in, but I’m also experimenting with movement on land and even my own progress on foot through the landscape. Website

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It’s interesting to see the enthusiasm with which techniques such as intentional camera movement and multiple exposures have been taken up, and the variety of images that result. Perhaps that is precisely their appeal – not only do we like what we see and want a little piece of it, but the joy – and indeed frustration – of incorporating any form of movement into your images is that it is nigh on impossible to replicate an image – yours or anyone else’s. I’ve been watching Jane’s images develop over the last year and it is evident that she has been busy.

Can you tell readers a little about yourself – your education, early interests and career?

I was quite arty as a child and loved drawing and painting but went to a grammar school where that sort of thing was not encouraged and I was steered firmly towards academic success – my degree is in Law although I have never practiced Law (I realised pretty quickly I was not cut out for that kind of life).

Some years ago, we (my husband and I) swapped our urban life for an old miner’s cottage and some land in the Forest of Dean. This had lots of space for our numerous spaniels – we had become involved in breeding and competing at shows with our dogs by then. This took up a lot of time so I needed to find something I could do from home. I was quite good with computers and began to build websites for canine clubs and some small businesses. I also did some freelance writing work for canine publications (including a commission for a book on Cocker Spaniels). I’m still running a number of websites but have cut down somewhat – there are only so many hours in the day I want to be sitting in front of a computer screen. 



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  • Howard Rankin

    Lovely work Jane …. beautiful tones and textures, and both soft and defined

    • Jane Simmonds

      Thank you Howard

  • Simon Miles

    Absolutely wonderful work. I think my favourite may be Rainy Day Ripples, although it’s not easy to pick one from such a strong portfolio. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jane Simmonds

      Thank you Simon

  • jerrieu

    Stunning portfolio Jane! Am definitely going to follow :) If you don’t mind I’d like to ask if you found any limitation using the small Olympus sensor. Am asking this question because I also don’t like to carry heavy gear and I strongly believe Olympus is the only vendor providing lite bodies/lenses for real. Would be nice if you can share with us your exeperience with Olympus thanks !

    • Jane Simmonds

      Thank you! I enjoy using my Olympus system, the new EM1 ii in particular is excellent (battery life, a disadvantage of mirrorless systems, is much improved) & the image stabilisation means I can do without a tripod most of the time) Olympus have some lovely lenses now and I can also use vintage prime lenses with an adaptor so it’s no problem getting shallow depth of field if I want it, plus the pro lenses & high end bodies are weather proof. Disadvantages for me are that the multiple exposure function is quite limited (only one blending mode) and things get noisy quite quickly in low light but the IS means you can get away with not bumping up the ISO too much so it’s not too bad :-) If you’re interested in Oly cameras, you could go on one of the events they run where you can try cameras & lenses out: https://www.olympus-imagespace.co.uk/. Hope that helps :-)

  • Nick Joyner

    Beautiful stuff Jane. I use a Lumix and I think the ME function is as limited as with the Olympus- my iPhone is much more usable. Considering the processing power of these cameras you would think the manufacturers might try to match Canon’s capabilities!

    • Jane Simmonds

      Thanks Nick. Yes I don’t understand why Olympus/Panasonic haven’t offered us what the high end Nikons/Canons have now, it can’t be that difficult when they offer so many other quite complex functions. I’m guessing if some of the ambassadors/pros started asking for it, maybe we would get a firmware update ;-)

  • Ria Smith

    Beautiful images and a very interesting read.

    • Jane Simmonds

      Thank you Ria

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