January 15, 2006

Caen Hill Locks

Camera: Fuji FinePix S602z
Date: 14th July 2003
Location: Caen Hill, near Devizes in Wiltshire. 5121'08"N 201'37"W
Shutter: 1/500s
Aperture: F/7
ISO: 200
Comments: One of the seven wonders of the waterways! This is about 10 miles from where I live. Once entered in a competition, didn't come anywhere though!
Post-processing: Cropped top and bottom


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  1. John Dale

    Very nice. I'm really enjoying your photos and commentary; I hope you'll keep it up.

    In this photo, what I find myself wondering about is the umbrella! Would the photo be as good without it? Did you arrange it, or was it happenstance?

    15 Jan 2006, 11:30

  2. Cheers. The geriatric umbrella people was just there when turned up, so I thought "Why not include them?!

    15 Jan 2006, 11:55

  3. "Happenstance"! Is that a word? Either way it's a very nice word.

    A good, rural picture. Like John, I'm not sure on the umbrella.

    If you wish my infernal commentry to stop on each post, just ask! :)

    15 Jan 2006, 12:22

  4. I reckon you could have cropped another inch or so off the bottom – there's not much happening there.

    15 Jan 2006, 12:51

  5. Maybe this is why it didn't win any prizes! hehe!

    15 Jan 2006, 13:06

  6. I wouldn't crop off the bottom, it adds to the perspective, it's not just wasted space.

    15 Jan 2006, 13:52

  7. Sam

    Well I'm not a photographer, but surely the umbrella adds to the landscape – after all Monet included an umbrella in his poppy fields landscape. Although, I may be biased as these locks are at the bottom of my lane!

    15 Jan 2006, 14:11

  8. the umbrellas do add to it, primarily due to their positioning on the line seperating the 2nd and 3rd thirds, this makes it visually more interesting.

    15 Jan 2006, 19:20

  9. I do use the rule of thirds a fair bit, especially when cropping. I had a 'thirds' guideline set up in PSP to crop this right.
    I'm glad you noticed Andrew =)

    15 Jan 2006, 19:53

  10. I like the potential of the umbrella, and the green in it goes quite well with the colour of the water and the rest of the scene. I reckon the picture works better if you crop the bottom at the point where the far edge of the concrete meets the left-hand side of the frame. The rule of thirds still applies nicely if you crop it there!

    Did you subsequently try to take another photo at a similar (or longer) zoom setting while standing a lot closer to the couple and their umbrella? That's the shot I saw when I looked at this scene :-)

    15 Jan 2006, 22:55

  11. Sam

    I think that this photo doesn't really need to be cropped. If it were cropped at the bottom, the eye is drawn to the middle of the series of locks, and not the first one. This reduces the impression that the locks go on for infinity, which is what the eye sees 'in the flesh' so to speak.

    16 Jan 2006, 01:02

  12. i've done those locks, up and down. they MAIMED me. my dad was all 'oh i'll drive you wind' – fucker!

    16 Jan 2006, 21:07

  13. Wow, that's very cool Pam! Hopefully it was a nice day like in the photo. Next time you're doing locks I'll have to come along and lend a hand!

    16 Jan 2006, 22:37

  14. It's becomming a difficult shot to take. There are too many trees growing up alongside the flight, obscuring the view from all but a few places.

    28 Jan 2006, 16:10


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