Tim's One Photograph a Day

Illumination of the River Kennet.


Illumination: Thames Water lighting up the Kennet & Avon Canal.

Thames Water lighting up the Kennet & Avon Canal.

Since we have been back at Fobney Lock, Thames Water have been lighting up the area! I decided to capture this illumination.

For whatever reason, these lights seem to have been on 24/7. At night, they create this fantastic effect. The long exposure captures this effect beautifully.

An added interest has been caused by the wind. The trees take on a ghostly look as their movement is frozen in time.

An additional benefit is the reflection in the river – part of the Kennet & Avon Canal. We had been moored opposite this last time we were here, but we have moved further up this time!

I have kept the ISO low (100) to ensure good saturation. As there are no direct lights in the image, the aperture does not need to be particularly small, so I have gone for a fairly large F/5 so I can keep the shutter speed relatively short. A little bit of HDR treatment rounds off this image of illumination.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 12 September 2017
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
  • Focal Length 24mm
  • F/5
  • 30 Sec
  • ISO 100

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