On a very cold winters evening in Mid December - (in fact it was Minus 17) I ventured out to capture a few midnight shots. The light of the moon, the high reflection from the snow and street lights gave the effect of wonderful soft lighting.
This is the reoccuring theme of the view of the Oxford canal ( this time taken from across the bank from my garden). The yellow light in the back ground is from a street light, the specs in the sky are stars. The old Oak tree(over 100 years old), the willow in the FG and the poplar trees on the RHS are all fimiliar in this constant and yet constant changing image with the changing of the seasons. The Canal was frozen for most of December and estimated to be 7-8 inches thick. The Narrow boat in the image was lived in during this period. They are amazing in that once the heaters and fires are going they are very comfortable and warm to live in.
The Oxford canal is one of the oldest Canals in the English Canal system- it was hand built in the 1770-1790s and stretches from Oxford through to the Grand Union Canal Junction. It was designed and built to bring goods down to London from the Midwest. Today its mainly used for Leisure boats and it allows access to all the major Cities in the England- although it may take months to get there.. The speed limit is only 4 mph.
At this point I would like to thank all those of you have helped me over my first year of proper posting on TE ( been an inactive member for longer). I believe my skill and passion for photography has improved dramatically.. This year I hope to focus on more the processing of an image.. So thank you again to all those who have contributed in which ever form and comment. Thank You
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vagabondtravels (6505) 2011-02-19 0:54
What an excellent winter scene you have set here. Very sharp and spot on with the exposure. Just beautiful. Well done.
CMJC (3970) 2011-02-19 0:59
great sky colors.... it's the gift from the midnight walk ☺
and great cold too; cann the canal be crosed by foot?...
you often show us the same place but it's allway a different (an nice) one! thanks ☺
BluSimo (9392) 2011-02-19 1:07
a truly evocative view and magical one! the moon has an intense flare much and beautiful one, and all is well shown, the snow and the ice on the channel and stars high in the sky. yours last photos are indeed much more intense. my compliments!
have a great week end
luciola (2728) 2011-02-19 1:15
Beautiful photo, great colors and especially the sky.
gildasjan (40032) 2011-02-19 1:28
Une très esthétique ambiance est crée par ces teintes magenta.La lumière chaude du soleil à gauche est très esthétique.
Have a nice day
annjackman (16479) 2011-02-19 1:34
This one is spot on for me with great light, colour and composition. Interesting to see this canal frozen.
Very well done
CLODO (27498) 2011-02-19 1:53
Incredible night shot! I like the POV, and moreover the beautiful light you get in the sky.
snunney (75072) 2011-02-19 1:54
A beautiful capture of this still winter's night where everything is all right with the world. I like the long deep perspective along the canal and the harmonious tonal palette, which is very attractive. Exposure is spot on and sharpness superb.
siudzi (29031) 2011-02-19 2:02
An interesting and beautiful composition of this lovely winter scenery. Great work with very good quality. Well done.
subhendu_bagchi (23613) 2011-02-19 2:40
I like this capture very much, excellent framing. Magnificent light condition and superb colours. Nice use of long, long exposer of 30 sec. Great depth and sharpness. Excellent presentation. Thanks for sharing.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-02-19 2:53
a picturesque atmosphere with beautiful soft lights and very nice details, the composition is superb, peaceful and mysterious impression, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
ceky (2592) 2011-02-19 3:13
Congratulations for the demonstration of what can be done with a tripod during nightime ! The snow is certainly an excellent opportunity for such pictures; thank you for having operated the camera buttons with such temperatures...
Royaldevon (23410) 2011-02-19 4:17
Good Morning Richard,
This is a most beautiful shot!
The muted colours of the scene produce a dynamic contrast with the warm, amber light, radiating behind the willow.
Your skill at composition shines through, using the canal and the trodden towpath as excellent leads towards the strongly positioned barge.
I have thought about taking late night shots, which always seem fine in the warmth of the day but ... oh, so difficult to execute when the fire is roaring and the curtains closed!!!
Have a good w/e,
This would make a beautiful Christmas card!
holmertz (33511) 2011-02-19 4:37
Tremendous colours and a tremendous light. I am not used to seeing southern England looking as wintry as this. A fine composition with the snowy road along the frozen canal and the moon shining beautifullyfrom behind the trees.
tedesse (24298) 2011-02-19 4:39
Fantastic winter view full of snow!
Wonderful colours and sharpness.
jaywalker (16095) 2011-02-19 5:44
Hi Richard, A very beautiful winter photo with glorious moon light & the street light creating a wonderful coloured glow, your POV was very well chosen & allows nice depth to the shot, the barge is a perfect addition, the snow & tree line show how nature is so eye catching, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
wolf38 (29666) 2011-02-19 6:02
Hi Richard. A wonderful photo from the winter. Fine composition, light and colors. Well done. Rgds, Wolfgang.
MJR (3350) 2011-02-19 6:26
What a Camera ! What a lens ! What a photographer !
This is marvellous. A very unearthly glow about the whole picture; are you sure that orange glow is not the Martians landing ?
Thats showing my age !
Congratulations on a great pic.
claudeD (28253) 2011-02-19 6:28
excellent winter view with a good composition and fine lights.I like the cool winter atmodphere.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
bema (26205) 2011-02-19 6:33
you really have got an fantastic light and you have mastered it perfectly! like a lot this moody picture!
thanks for sharing, see you around, Bernd
Kielia (21953) 2011-02-19 10:16
outstanding photo work and an excellent composition, this new POV on this already well known canal works excellently and is giving us another great impression of this wonderful place. I like the fairytale like atmosphere in this fantastic light a lot. My compliments!
Cricri (95391) 2011-02-19 10:27
Quel tableau magnifique, j'aime la couleur du ciel et le côté lumière du soleil, la profondeur et le fleuve gelé, une sortie a -17 c'est très courageux, mais cela en valait vraiment la peine, compliment
Sonata11 (31881) 2011-02-19 10:40
this is unusual picture. Fabulously view of winter season. The colors are so beautiful and perfect executed image.Spectacular and charming photo. Outstanding and extraordinary. Perfectly well made it. Great job !!!!!! My congrats.
All the best and have a nice weekend,
Muse (34936) 2011-02-19 11:15
Impressionnant et très beau. Quelle atmosphère!
J'aime beaucoup la lumière en arrière plan.
Un pov bien choisi qui donne une belle profondeur.
I like it!
pajaran (44354) 2011-02-19 11:38
Lep pogled na smrznuti kanal i nocni snimak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i svetlo koje je dalo misticnost mestu, lepe boje i fotografija.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, moje cestitke na ulovljenom trenutku.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend.
Nice view of the frozen canal and night shot ...
A good time recording and the light provided by the mystique of the place, beautiful colors and images.
Good work and composition, my congratulations to the caught moment.
Pleasant evening and all the best for the weekend.
sacavem (18608) 2011-02-19 11:40
It's so beautiful my friend.Looks quite amazing for someone who doesn't know Oxford :)
The quality of the picture is outstanding.Very good POV and nice colours. Superb capture.
saxo042 (35196) 2011-02-19 23:28
There is a strong Christmas card quality over this photo! Beautiful colours and a well seen composition.
ManuMay (34357) 2011-02-19 23:37
Wonderful capture !!!!!!!
Richard this is great!!
This 30 seconds exposure deserves a wonderful effect, a very good light management under ISO200, reflecting this mood and being a good price for your adventure at minus 17!! ;)
Great to celebrate this "first" year...
Congratulations my friend...
hispic (9619) 2011-02-20 0:07
Hi dear Richard,
Fantastic photograph indeed!
It was worth having shot in the very cold winters midnight. You have obtained the splendid result.
Snow in the light of the moon looks as if it was taken in daytime.Reflection of the street light created a really fantastic atmosphere. superb work. congratulations!
Thanks for showing such a wonderful photo.
Have a nice Sunday, Hisashi
ifege (9947) 2011-02-20 0:54
A superb winter photo of a style that we never can get in Australia, but then you wouldn't ever have the chorus of Corellas ( a large white parrot) screaming in the background as I have at the moment.
Great colour, especially the orange through the trees. Expect a message next time you are in Australia.
mkamionka (28031) 2011-02-20 1:57
wow this is an amazing effect of the low light and long exposition. The place is wonderful and so is the composition but the colors of the sky are fantastic. Also the channel contrasted with the snowy ground looks very interesting. I like very much this abundance of snow -it also contributes to this unusual atmosphere here.
Excellent work, congratulations!
papagolf21 (80944) 2011-02-20 2:16
Bonjour, cher Richard,
Il semble bien difficile de ne pas tomber sous le charme de cette composition très artistique réalisée avec maestria.
La beauté du paysage semble tout droit sortie d'un rêve.
Une image dont il est difficile de quitter le regard.
Silvio1953 (109295) 2011-02-20 2:22
Ciao Richard, fascinating winter view, wonderful warm colors, excellent exposure and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
bukitgolfb301 (33508) 2011-02-20 2:44
Hi my dear Richard
So great fantastuc shot by marvelous color presentation! First of all gorgeous magical color!
Very well considered framework are admirable indeed. Thanks for sharing with your finest posting, have a good Sunday and best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
delpeoples (50271) 2011-02-20 3:17
Hallo young Rich
How's things? Recovered from your jetlag? Sounds like you had a great trip. So sorry we didn't catch up. I understand completely when time just runs out on you. Maybe next time. Now to your photo. Wow. That new camera of yours is impressive, but it's the guy behind the camera who has delivered this superb photo. The light is ethereal. So unique and magical. As James (JBurke) says, there's a certain quality to it that you don't really get anywhere else. Just like Ozlight and Dutchlight are different. Interesting what you said about the exposure on your photos having to be changed between England and Australia. I found the same when I was in Ireland. Well done with this photo it's a cracker. Take care and I'm glad to see you back on TE posting away.
J_Burke (1283) 2011-02-20 3:39
Fantastic image and excellent use of the light available which really adds that bit of magic to it. Great composition with the larger trees nicely framing the image on the left balanced by the canal path leading the eye through the right. Excellent exposure and colours. Good work! Thanks for sharing.
Nice to see you back posting more regular too Richard,
paura (47166) 2011-02-20 5:57
Superb lighting here! Fine exposure settings to show us the interesting image.
jacquest (17533) 2011-02-20 5:59
Thank you for the visit on my photo.
As a Canadian, I am used to winter but this is a wonderful image of snow and light at night. The image makes me feel the the cold and dampness of winter. Very well done.
dkmurphys (44082) 2011-02-20 6:33
Incredible scene. I do not know what to feel: the fear of an apocalyptic middle of the night or the joy of a deep calm night. Wonderful shot, well done.
eldancer1 (22435) 2011-02-20 6:34
Yes, it looks very cold I can even feel the chill all the way to Las Vegas. Beautiful colors and textures. Great pov and it has a good dof with sharp details. Well done, tfs.
Glint (5965) 2011-02-20 10:12
Hello again Richard,
this is a beauty!Such wonderful light and a well balanced, appealing composition.The beautiful willow is backed my a glowing light.I like the violet colour and the view along the frozen canal.
faletiz (10759) 2011-02-20 12:48
wonderful winter scene illuminated by an extraordinary light. The composition is beautiful, I love the foggy that softens the tone, and yet leaves a great depth to the scene. Well done, congratulations!
Have a good evening
Munro (77) 2011-02-20 14:03
A lovely moody shot of the frozen canal.
I guess it is unusual for canals to freeze over in Oxford.
daddo (21274) 2011-02-20 22:33
Hi Richard. Incredible effects considering the late hour, but then how often does one use 30 secs for the exposure? It is a dreamland you got here filled with soft shapes, wonderful colours and beautiful light. A time when most people were dreaming in bed, you went out and captured a dream! My compliments on your resolve and your creativity. Klaudio.
danyy (0) 2011-02-21 0:00
beaucoup de magie dans cette carte postale de l'hiver aux couleurs de rêve, lambiance froide semble d'ailleurs réchauffée par ce ciel exceptionnel. C'est calme et tellement serein, reposant.
Magnifique et succès mérité.
ikeharel (46976) 2011-02-21 2:25
Fabulous midbight canal view in snowy scenery - a 30sec shutter-speed has done a marvelouse job, lighting up the darkness.
Sergiom (48970) 2011-02-21 5:44
Très belle photo. Surtout au niveau des couleurs que tu vas chercher derrière les arbres. Le sujet est très beau saisi dans tout ce froid.
jadesgran (4296) 2011-02-21 13:09
THis is a fantastic photo.I especially like the orange glow through the lovely shaped tree on the left.
I`m flattered you should like my picture of the derelict houses in Australia after turning out this kind of work.
Best WIshes Gladys. And who knows ? We could actually cross paths on the next hol down under!
Nicou (109695) 2011-02-22 0:59
quel bel éclairage dan sle coin superbe cette lumière, quelle compo cette grlac, ces arbres, ave cle bâteau capté dans la glece, superbe.
Braov et amitié
JCG (35129) 2011-02-22 4:04
A sky on fire in a universe of ice, what a contrast !!! Splendid photograph, I envy you to have been able to attend such a spectacle and to have made this superb composition even more, I like much. Winter landscape of any beauty and it was necessary to be brave to press on the button of your camera, without trembling under this cold, and making a success of a so beautiful photograph, cheer Richard and thank you.
With all my friendships and an excellent day,
adores (32170) 2011-02-22 15:33
What an exposure here! This light is amazing with the colours of the sky!The golden light coming from behind the trees is fantastic! I like the atmosphere and the exposure that made your work look different!
Angshu (53663) 2011-02-24 8:55
Wonderful shot! Simply love the colour in the sky...almost surreal! The perspective with the canal & the snow which looks like evenly spread whipped cream looks fine!
hemantbuch (1649) 2011-02-24 9:05
Great shot...looks straight out of one of those sci-fi movies...very surreal...just waiting for Schwarzennegger to come into frame :) well done..
kiasari (62) 2011-02-25 23:33
I like your idea to do such a framing and light management. The warm tones of this shot make it so fantastic. Well done!
Have a nice weekend,
maloutim (9619) 2011-03-15 22:35
Another delightful view of Old England ! But, my God, I didn't realise the temperatures had beeen so low. (The trip to Australia must have been welcome after that :-)
Anyway, this is a really great Christmas picture: The frozen canal and the bright light behind the trees make it look divine !
Interesting to know that the narrow boat is lived in, and comfortably !
Belated congratulations on your first active anniversary. You chose one of your best favourite pictures : Oxford Canal.
Thanks for sharing and kindest regards.
emka (67299) 2011-03-21 8:51
This midnight in December resulted in marvelous photos. This view is gorgeous. I like here all - the warm light behind, the frozen canal with the narrow boat, beautiful sky. Splendid atmosphere. You are lucky that you can see such view even without leaving home. And to live in this boat in winter - it must be fun!
jafadabret (56497) 2011-03-22 9:17
L'hiver, même rigoureux peut être une aubaine pour le photographe qui n'est pas trop frileux ni pantouflard. Cette photo est une merveille avec la glace qui immobilise le bateau. La longue pose a réussi à dégager tous les détails du paysage. J'aime beaucoup la couleur du ciel.
batalay (33875) 2011-03-28 23:53
Again, I see in this shot the sort of surrealistically beautiful season's greeting cards I used to see in my youth in England, a glow that was created in watercolor. Superb shot, and clearly gaining the the attention it so widely deserves.
Incidentally, thanks for the critique of the 'Mathematical Bridge,' and the admission that you too had heard the story. Just recently, I started sharing the photos I submit to TE with my facebook account (both accessed quite infrequently). In this case, a physicist friend from Germany evidently saw the photo and remarked, "Prince Harry!" Indeed, there is a resemblance, and I know that his father, Prince Charles, attended Cambridge. Moreover, the young man seems genuinely pleased to be photographed, or is it, recognized!
gmg (4202) 2011-05-01 3:12
This photo depicts a landscape that's completely different from the usual views in my country, It fascinates me with its nice composition and the orange glow battling against the general cold hue.
kennyblack (4207) 2012-02-06 11:31
Hello Rick, fantastic atmosphere created by this beautiful image with wonderful color and light management. Really a great job ... compliments.
Greetings and best wishes for good evening ... Marino
mvdisco (17416) 2012-03-10 14:09
Beautiful winter scene nicely presented and composed with great tone of colors,
Excellent contrast and light.
Nice point of view and perpective .
Very well done.. a great shot..
zanzi (13370) 2012-03-11 13:57
A fairytale picture !
The soft colors are awesome.
yquem46 (37494) 2012-03-11 14:02
Came across this one in the critiques page
A top notch moody shot, largely deserving the huge amount of praises that it already received
I add mine
have a nice week
ruisc_pt (10251) 2012-03-12 14:28
Misty and strange light,
Fantastic compo... great!
livermore (1625) 2012-11-02 3:04
C'est vraiment une magnifique photo avec des teintes incroyables.
olive224 (2717) 2013-01-22 12:35
This is a stunning picture, i love the tones and the mood
I'm frozen just to look at it ;)
tenretin (1155) 2014-02-14 9:38
You made a beautiful picture, the colors are natural (which is rare because the mode push the sliders in Photoshop is well established). I like this type of composition. It is seen.
- Copyright: Rich Beghin (Ricx) (13489)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-12-19
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/2.8, 30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Favourites 2010, GB Canal narrow Boats, CLODO's SELECTION X, Cropredy Oak Appreciation Association [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-02-19 0:50
- Favorites: 2 [view]