I had a very enjoyable day over in Rickmansworth, giving tuition to a young, enthusiastic wildlife photographer, so it's a bit of a rushed Photo Friday today, and although he got some great shots of dragonflies and damselflies, mine fell a little short...
So, here are three photos that are amongst those I'm going to be putting on the TV in Cameraworld in Chelmsford very shortly - it's high time I updated the display, and I have around 120 'new' photos ready for processing to the required size.
The first is a Small Skipper butterfly shot at Hanningfield Reservoir a few years ago, but I like the pose, so here it is!
Pentax K10D, Sigma EX 105mm f/2.8 macro lens @ f/6.7, 1/180s, +0.5EV, ISO400, handheld.
Next, a shot of the pine trees at Beecraigs Country Park in West Lothian, Scotland. Low light and the use of the polariser resulted in a 3 second exposure, and I've processed this in Lightroom to give it (hopefully) a nice bit of atmosphere.
Pentax K10D, Pentax FA50mm f/1.4 lens @ f/8, 3s, +0.5EV, ISO100, polariser, tripod.
Last is this shot of a Chaffinch from the hide at Lake Vyrnwy, Powis, in early July. Nice soft lighting helps show all the little details...
Pentax K-5, Pentax DA* 300mm f/4 lens @ f/4.5, 1/125s, +0.5EV, ISO400, handheld.
Look out for them in Cameraworld in the next few weeks!