Yet another photograph from Cropredy where a small group of TE members, courtesy of the kindness of Richard, were fortunate to spend a wonderful weekend last month.
This is the Oxford Canal as it passes through the little village of Cropredy, taken looking upstream and from the opposite side of the canal from Richard's picture.
I took this on a fairly long (70mm) focal length so that you can see the long line-up of narrowboats "parked up" for the night with "Joey" in front, a lovely garden at the other side of the canal and, in the distance on the right, the lower parts of the G.O.O.C. - a beautiful example of the genus Quercus - and christened by Richard the "Great Oak of Cropredy"!
In the context of British Inland Waterways, "narrow boat" refers to the original working boats built in the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries for carrying goods on the narrow canals (where locks and bridge holes would have a minimal MAXIMUM width of only 7 feet (2.1 m); some locks on the Shropshire Union Canal are even smaller). The term is extended to modern "narrowboats" used for recreation and more and more as homes, whose design is an interpretation of the old boats for modern purposes and built from modern materials.
The key distinguishing feature of a narrowboat is its width: it must be no more than 7 feet (2.13 m) wide to navigate the British narrow canals. The maximum length is about 70 feet (21 m), the length of most locks on the narrow canals.
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Antipodean (1292) 2012-09-30 20:31
Kia Ora John,
This brings back memories of the days I worked on a narrowboat for a couple of months in the '80s. The Oxford Canal is a beautiful part of England and you have captured it well. Cheers, Neil
jadesgran (3987) 2012-09-30 22:42
This is a colourful scene with all the narrowboats `parked` for the night, and the soft yellows in the garden opposite.
Les and I rather fancied a week away in one of these boats, but different people put us off by saying it takes all your strength to operate the locks,and wears you out!Sometimes as many as six or seven locks in half a mile.
We deluded people thought we would chill out and stop at every pub on the way but afraid it was not to be.
annjackman (15529) 2012-09-30 23:45
Another super picture from that fabulous weekend. This area is idyllic and the canal offers a slower pace of life. I always enjoy the colourful narrow boats. There is the evidence of a recent rainstorm on the path but the light is lovely and the reflection of the yellow bushes in the still water balances the picture. As usual you have used your opportunities very well - although I see that this one was not taken early in the morning but instead late afternoon!
A beautiful scene.
Best wishes, Ann
bayno (18334) 2012-10-01 2:18
I see the gray sky but it seems that the light fails to come out somewhere, the colors are vibrant and the boats delicious and original, also very beautiful reflections, I like the perspective created from your POV, a sharp cutting edge...very very nice...
delpeoples (48592) 2012-10-01 3:37
Ciao caro Giovanni
hehehehe a nice play on Thomas & Friends? And your GOOC is fast gaining as much notoriety as SGQDN (Silvio's Grande Quercia di Nottoria). The row of narrowboats, their colours and perspective are very attractive. My favourite element however is the light on those yellow plants in the midground and their marvellous reflections. Onc again, the conditions look a little overcast, so the brilliance of the colour and light is even more impressive. Great job, I love hearing of the Meeting's adventures too.
timecapturer (37064) 2012-10-01 6:38
first and foremost thanks for your e-mail. I replied yesterday. I love this shot, it is so full of old world charm and a real sense of canal life. The colours are stunning and the clarity superb. Top quality work and a beautifully composed image.
Have a great week - regards Brian.
saxo042 (33912) 2012-10-01 7:29
There are many attractive colours in this picture and the POV is perfectly chosen. An interesting note, it must be an adventure to spend your holiday on such a boat, exploring these canals.
bergese (6699) 2012-10-01 9:59
Une très belle ambiance,colorée et très gaie.J'aime beaucoup cette alignement de péniches.Bel endroit.Bravo.
agjika (4309) 2012-10-01 10:55
Extraordinary colour. Fantasticly sharp with maximum detail. Great reflection and the positon of the boat is superb. Great postcard photo.
kathryn_weir (1746) 2012-10-01 11:26
A lovely shot with little Joey taking centre stage! I like the way the boats appear one after another almost to infinity as they disappear around the sweep of the river. Such great colour and detail in this shot , I think my favourite details are the colourful trees so beautifully mirrored in reflections.
Thanks for sharing
lousat (64127) 2012-10-01 14:26
Hi John,these colorfull boats in this green world are a great opportunity to take a magnificent pic.What a lot of thing,details,colors and reflections,a great great and rich composition,perfect quality and exposure too,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
mmohan (742) 2012-10-01 16:02
Wonderful Scene and you have caught it in some terrific light.
Royaldevon (21415) 2012-10-02 1:33
Good Morning John,
How lucky you were to have such lovely weather. The bright colours and the strong reflections produce a lovely ambience.
The receding path and the converging lines of the canal, create a fine sense of depth, whilst the composition of the boats gives that good sense of perspective.
A fine, sharp exposure completes the picture.
Have a lovely day,
jhm (127955) 2012-10-02 3:36
Notwithstanding bad weather get we a fascinating lovely image.
I like the fantastic nice colors of the boat and the area.
Excellent sharpness and clarity.
Very well composition and nice presentation. TFS.
Have a nice day,
GREGG (7804) 2012-10-02 6:52
nice job - colorful world
have a nice evening,
mkamionka (27069) 2012-10-02 12:53
very attractive view. The Joey makes an interesting foreground and the title attracts everybody who is fan of the famous TV series, like myself.
I like very much the warm color tones here, the saturation is just perfect to make the photo pleasant for the eyes.
Very well spotted,
MJR (3340) 2012-10-03 2:46
Rewarded at last...
I have been waiting patiently for the presentation of your GOOC offering, and after due consideration, ( committee of one ! ) am pleased to upload to the appreciation theme .
A worthy contribution to the cause if I may say.
A pleasingly busy scene, and while the Oak does not play a prominent part in the composition, the picture is a delightful presentation of the scene in which it sits.
Effective use of the path and boats gives great depth to the image, while the reflections on the water add an element of dynamism that might other be lacking in this tranquil scene.
Glint (5911) 2012-10-03 7:21
this is a pleasing scene and well composed.I hope you won't mind my saying though, that the colours (as attractive as they are) have perhaps been tweeked just a notch or two too much.Maybe I am mistaken and that light brings out the greens so that they are so very green.
This looks a lovely place to be with your camera and you seem to have got so much out of your TE meet.
amaryllis (32051) 2012-10-03 23:45
Quel bel endroit ce canal avec ces péniches au bord du chemin, un bon cadrage, une belle lumière et de jolis reflets dans l'eau
Les arbres sont magnifiques
Bravo pour cette excellente réalisation
thebest (4114) 2012-10-05 2:33
What magnificent colours of the barges against the reflection of the golden shrubs - I love this image makes me a little homesick - Wonderful clarity & excellent POV.
macjake (45588) 2012-10-11 13:11
Hi Joey....oops, Hi John :)
again, a very interesting read.
Its so wonderful when people put the time and effort into producing a well informed note - always makes the photo 10 times better!
and its great that you included Richards' photo aswell, to get the opposite viewpoint.
Very vibrant colors, but not too vibrant.
You know i'm a big fan of any subject that has to do with transportation, so i'm liking these long skinny boats.
I think the overcast sky and light worked well to your advantage, making the scene so luminous - funny how grey skies and a bit of light can do that!
Until next time.
Robert1969 (6650) 2012-11-11 11:35
Very nice surrounding.
The diagonal lines of the canal and the
boats creates a nice depth in the
picture. The composition and the light
management are also very good.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (15703)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-25
- Categories: Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, HOYA 67mm HMC SUPER UV(0)
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Cropredy Oak Appreciation Association [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-30 15:22