Photographer's Note

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 photo:

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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Additional Photos by Rich Beghin (Ricx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 994 W: 51 N: 2900] (13495)
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