Beau­ti­ful Es­sex

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Essex Life - - BEAUTIFUL ESSEX -

He­len Ba­gley

I live near Man­ningtree with my part­ner and our dog, and love to go for long walks in the coun­try­side with the cam­era (the dog has learned to be very pa­tient while I get my shot). I got back into pho­tog­ra­phy about four years ago af­ter a long break and did some evening classes to learn more about dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy. I do en­joy tak­ing shots of na­ture and the coun­try­side, but the course has en­cour­aged me to try some dif­fer­ent sub­ject types. The im­ages here were taken in ei­ther the Hal­stead area, near Man­ningtree or on Mersea Is­land.

Jim King

I am a re­tired pro­fes­sional driver and due to a se­ri­ous ill­ness I have spent the last two months in hospi­tal. I am now con­va­lesc­ing at home and to pass the time I in­vested in a new tele­photo lens for my Canon EOS 5D Mark 3 with a range of 150-600 mm. I can­not tell you what a dif­fer­ence it has made to my pho­to­graphic re­sults as I am now able to take pic­tures of the lo­cal wildlife without scar­ing them away. I am by no means a pro­lific pho­tog­ra­pher, but with the right equip­ment it is amaz­ing what you can achieve. I started by snap­ping in my own back gar­den and man­aged to cap­ture a thrush col­lect­ing var­i­ous bugs and in­sects to take back to its nest. The fol­low­ing day I man­aged a walk around the nearby Lake Mead­ows Park in Bil­ler­icay and the new lens opened my eyes to the abun­dance of beau­ti­ful wildlife in res­i­dence there.

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