I've carried out several private tuition sessions this past week, at both Hylands Park in Chelmsford and Hanningfield Reservoir near Billericay, and here are three shots from them.
Pentax K-5, Pentax DA*300mm f/4 lens @ f/9.5, 1/90s, ISO400, tripod.
I love these Allium flowers (at Hylands), and the long lens allows me to pick a smooth green background as a vivid contrast. Getting the composition sorted on the tripod meant I could wait for the breeze to drop before I took the shot.
Pentax K-5, Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4 lens @ f/8, 1/125s, +0.5EV, ISO800, handheld.
At Hanningfield today, we had to deal with the high winds, which meant that many 'usual' subjects like flowers were moving far to much for standard photos, but whilst looking for alternatives I got a bit fixated with the ripples on the pond near Rawl Hide. This example has been converted to black and white, with the contrast boosted to produce this abstract.
Pentax K-5, Pentax DA*300mm f/4 lens @ f/16, 6s, ISO80, polariser, tripod.
This willow tree was in the water at the edge of the reservoir at Hanningfield, and Jim, my client today, noticed it from one of the hides. I used a polariser to extend the exposure and help smooth out the moving water.