This is yet another picture taken during a wonderful "mini TE meeting" in Oxfordshire thanks to Richard who did all the organisiation for our little group and entertained us so very well.
This one was taken in the little village of Cropredy around 7.30 a.m. before breakfast one lovely morning just as the sun was rising above the trees and casting some lovely light across the Oxford Canal onto the walls of the lock-keeper's cottage and the distant trees and boats.
The Oxford Canal is a 78-mile-long (126 km) narrow canal in central England linking Oxford with Coventry via Banbury and Rugby. It connects with the River Thames at Oxford, to the Grand Union Canal at the villages of Braunston and Napton-on-the-Hill, and to the Coventry Canal at Hawkesbury Junction in Bedworth just north of Coventry.
It passes mainly through the Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire countryside and is often considered to be one of the most scenic canals in Britain.
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lousat (77896) 2012-09-28 8:02
Hi John,the magic lights of the morning makes the difference and change the atmosphere!Beautiful capture,the light warm the colors of the facade,very nice details,perfect exposure and a neverending perspective going to the right,i like it!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
williewhistler (14615) 2012-09-28 8:53
Hello John,the morning sun that streams so nicely across the weeping willow and the cottage enhances a tranquil scene perfectly.
The canal bank comes out of the bottom vertical and the path leads gently past the seat into the frame,a really pleasant well composed shot.
Best regards Les.
mjw364 (7512) 2012-09-28 9:22
A very well composed shot with the line of the canal lock emerging perfectly from the lower left corner. your eye is also encouraged to follow this line by the path on the right too. The bench provides a focal point and adds balance to the shot.
You have captured the light perfectly and the colours are clearly defined. Good sharpness throughout too.
Excellent John, well done.
dta (67366) 2012-09-28 9:50
Hello John ,
one more time , this is subtile light management in your post , for a splendid composition , wher you've perfectly placed the house , the diagonal and the bench . Of course , the beautiful morning light enhances the colors of the bricked walls .
mmohan (744) 2012-09-28 10:53
Great light ! You have got the composition spot on, and the light just shows up the cottage wonderfully well.
mesutilgim (85500) 2012-09-28 12:00
Amazing capture in early morning light.
Very good pov and layout.
Many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Highmountains (2255) 2012-09-28 12:34
The clear and warm morning light on the two windows and the red walls is beautifully captured. The trees and a small clearing on the background has also been brightened with the morning light. The walls of the canal is sharp and clear in low light. The patch of green lawn - almost the length of a cricket pitch in the foreground is in the shadows and its cool feel balances the warmth of light on the red walls.
The shade of blue of the sky actually heightens the colour of the building and the trees.
The colours are well saturated and deep. The angular composition with the canal cutting across from the bottom left makes this a beautiful photograph.
Thanks for sharing.
macjake (57074) 2012-09-28 22:59
always a pleasure to view your gallery and seeing whats new in your world!
Seems like you had a number of successful photo's from your mini te meeting too.
well, on this one anyway you had some very attractive lighting. its just beautiful, and i'm glad you added the small bench on the right.
the bench, the tall draping trees and the light make this one work so well.
and look! - harsh perspective lines lol
SnapRJW (31531) 2012-09-29 0:20
Hello John - How fortunate you were to have this weather when visiting the, now famous, 'Lock Keeper's Cottage'. When I visited it rained! This is a lovely shot; nice diagonal created by the canal, warm tones on the sunlit trees and red brickwork of the cottage and crisp whites to add contrast. I shall have to visit again to try and get an image as successful as this one. Warm regards Rosemary
brianmcc (6181) 2012-09-29 1:35
the light is beautiful as only the early morning light can be. everything is still. i always find there is a great sense of achievement just by doing something as simple as getting up early to capture such early morning views.
the cottage is beautifully illuminated and the warm glow spreading across the sky creates a wonderful atmosphere. your viewpoint looking down the length of the canal emphasises your fantastic depth of field.
timecapturer (49286) 2012-09-29 4:41
this is stunning. A classic composition, full of exquisite detail and colours but it is the morning light that adds the magic and appeal to this beautiful image. Executed and presented perfectly!
Enjoy the weekend - best wishes Brian.
NB John I am not ignoring the forums but my virus checker is warning me that they are a dangerous place to visit. Not sure what is going on and whether other people are experiencing the same problems. I get the distinct impression that it is sometimes being exacerbated by the pop up adverts that pepper this site. Unfortunately the forums are the only place one can make the site administrators aware of the problem. It is a pain!
delpeoples (53167) 2012-09-29 4:56
Oooh you did well to catch the light creeping up the wall like that. It really illuminates the lovely stonework so well. The diagonal lines of the canal and the levee work very nicely and are completely due to the angle at which you chose to take this. Even the less-illuminated colours are magnificent and I like the atmosphere the weeping willows and predominance of greenery make. Jez that canal is narrow...is that just a part where it tapers but gets wider further down the track.
Thanks for sharing, buon weekend, un abbraccio
annjackman (19937) 2012-09-29 9:34
I hope Richard sees this one - I'm sure he will. The light is lovely on the cottage and on the trees in the distance. Your early mornings strolls paid off - very well done.
Best wsihes, Ann
p.s. still trying to catch up with TE. Just back from Worcester (Dave's mum's 80th birthday do). We came back by Broadway (which you missed when we went to the tower)and wandered the lovely village and had coffee - a very beautiful morning but I had no camera with me!
bayno (18342) 2012-09-29 23:58
The morning light is always the best, and here you were good to handle maintaining a good definition in the shadows, very nice perspective, the old house is beautiful and the area seems very quiet and full of lovely gardens...
Super quality shot...
have a good sunday...
Silvio1953 (123689) 2012-09-30 1:06
Ciao John, great view of lovely house, fantastic morning light, excellent perspective and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
romanaa (7966) 2012-09-30 5:12
this is a really beautiful picture indeed. I have no more to add to the preceding critiques.
Just one little workshop picture.
Bestest regards ;-)
ourania (32169) 2012-09-30 8:03
I like very much the way you have composed and lit the presentation of the lovely house and the view along the canal. You have enhanced the appeal of the place and its atmosphere with your marvellous capture of the morning light and the beautiful colours it has offered. Clarity is superb, more impressively so in the shady areas where the hues and moist of the early morning are perceived very effectively. The contrast between light and shadow is strong and smooth at the same time. An excellent picture, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great week,
Glint (6167) 2012-09-30 12:00
you have found a lovely morning light here.A good composition using a diagonal line. What's not to like a bout being a lock keeper when you can live in such a pretty house in an attractive location? You managed to get so many good images during your mini TE meet.This is picture postcard preety. Well done.
Tigerlily (3107) 2012-09-30 15:06
Wonderful light.. how lucky you all are:-D.. a blue sky day in England... Beautiful colour contrast, nice POV..and composition. Great work, John.
CLODO (30597) 2012-10-03 6:47
The morning sunshine does not light ther scene, but only the top of the house. You've perfectly framed it with the diagonal quay starting from the bottom left, and the tree at right closes it well also, the eye remaining on the boat moored after the lock.
good light management
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20696)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-26
- Categories: Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-28 7:58