Many people on TE will recognise this place. This is the delightful little village of Cropredy in Oxfordshire through which runs the Oxford Canal and this is Lock 25. And right beside it is the Lock Keeper's Cottage.
The Oxford Canal is a 78-mile-long (126 km) narrow canal in central England linking Oxford with Coventry via Banbury and Rugby. It was constructed in several stages over a period of more than twenty years, finally opening on 1st January, 1790.
The first European canal locks were designed in The Netherlands where there was a requirement to move boats between the drainage dykes and rivers: however these were more about controlling the water levels. Leonardo da Vinci actually designed a system which could be used to move boats up and down gradients - this featured mitred lock gates which were angled upstream against the current and thus created a water tight seal due to the water pressure. This remains the basic design for lockgates still today. In fact, you can just see the tops of the two mitred lock gates nearest to the camera: the other, farther, lock gate is just a single one.
This was taken last August during a wonderful weekend in Cropredy courtesy of Richard.
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emka (99901) 2013-08-05 14:29
Hi John, it is the most beautiful picture of the Lock keeper Cottage i have seen. the big format helped but the colours and composition are stunning too. You chose splendid POV. It was such a great fun to operate these locks. How beautiful are all these trees in different shades of green. it seems it was raining but the colours are very vivid.
The inhabitant of this lovely place very rarely appears here.
lousat (92808) 2013-08-05 15:52
Hi John,very interesting,i recognise me too this place,a beautiful "deja vu" taken whit the best details and colors and in a great and rich composition,i wish to tell you more but my english is very very bad..ehehe...have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
mehranjahangiri (347) 2013-08-05 21:38
composition is very good.
contrast is attractive.
point of view is lovely.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-08-05 23:09
Une photo belle et intéressante de ce système particulier d'ouverture des écluses. Un bon cadrage et une très jolie lumière d'après pluie.
Kugart (1778) 2013-08-06 2:18
What a beautiful scene of the old canal lock. Great POV gives good depth to the shot . Overall composition is perfect. Great colour and sharpness. Good to see a lot of these old canals are being cleaned up and used again.
Royaldevon (39660) 2013-08-06 2:24
This is just so very English!
Now I will have to qualify my comments!
The canal, the locks, the red brick house and its weeping willow tree but, most of all the incredible greenery!
You have taken a fine viewpoint; the bar of the lock leads to the canal, which takes us gently through the scene, at the speed of a barge, plenty of time to absorb and appreciate all the fine details.
The details that I like the most are the very well placed 25, which makes us contemplate the number of locks, and the open bedroom window which suggests a lovely warm day.
Have a great day,
jhm (154490) 2013-08-06 3:10
Indeed Holland has a lot troubles with water, are specialist about the world for water management.
This type locks are in Netherland disappeared.
Splendid how you has chose the angle, on these way see we a very good view over these old lock.
Excellent perspective and depth picture.
Very well done, TFS.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-08-06 3:26
Hi John - I'm looking at this in the beta version and what a difference size makes ;) The various shades of green are so clearly rendered one gets a real feel for the depth and form of the trees. I see evidence of rain on the brick paving but the sun seems to be making a valiant attempt to brighten the scene. A fine vantage point show off this view to great effect.... happy memories for me too, back one day I hope. Warm regards Rosemary
timecapturer (49288) 2013-08-06 5:05
lovely shot this. So typical of the area and full of the glory of summer colours. The clarity here is superb as is the detailing which stands out all the more after what looks like a shower of the wet stuff. Idyllically English and captured beautifully.
Nicou (144200) 2013-08-06 7:31
Quel vue et cadrage sueprbe vue e tiamge avec cette écluse et le pavage ce gros bras noir et la maison merveilleuse composition.
Bravo et amitié
holmertz (54235) 2013-08-06 8:08
A very fine composition with a good view of the remarkably narrow canal and the details of the lock. The canal is very nicely surrounded by trees, and the red colour of the brick house contrasts perfectly with the green surroundings. Technically and artistically this is a well managed photo.
marabu61 (11061) 2013-08-07 2:08
This is a beautiful and tranquil scene indeed. Lovely colors, nice surroundings and an interesting story about the locks complete this TE entry beautifully.
have a great day
cjmm (4479) 2013-08-07 10:59
This is one of these photos where the FoV, light, and colors combine in a way that makes me feel that I am really there, looking at the scene from my window.
romanaa (7984) 2013-08-07 12:28
friendly - the word that comes up in my mind when looking at this picture, is it because of the place or its inhabitant? I do not know, maybe both.
Beautiful rich colours after the rain, excellent sharpness.
macjake (69105) 2013-08-07 16:23
Sorry for the late reply, but I will get back to you :)
funny how the Lock's are the main focal point, but for me personally I love the Lock Keeper's Cottage the most.
if you look closely, the tiny tiny tiny white window on the side of the cottage is a great addition, as is the window thats open. don't forget about the tall chimney stack with the red bricks too!
thats the main attraction haha
lots of growth in the trees here, looks very mature and historic.
Really enjoy this shot!
have yourself a great day
still waiting for Lisa to comment on my Polish player!
annjackman (21899) 2013-08-10 2:35
We have seen many pictures of this wonderful cottage and enjoyed some super times there. It is clearly a summer picture (without looking at the date) as the cottage is surrounded, almost engulfed, by the rich green colours of the season's foliage. Gorgeous quality with a viewpoint that gives lovely detail of the lock.
Best wishes, Ann
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (25702)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-25
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Cropredy Oak Appreciation Association [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-05 13:45