Tim's One Photograph a Day

The Birmingham & Fazeley Canal.

Boats Moored at Fazeley.

Fazeley: Moorings near the Junction.

Moorings near the Junction.

Boaters know a different geography of the country. Fazeley is well known amongst the fraternity, whereas for others this is probably not the case.

In fact, it is a small town just south of Tamworth. It’s fame is two-fold. Firstly, it is a major junction on the canal network. In this view, the junction is just the other side of the bridge visible in the distance.

This canal is the Birmingham and Fazeley, which runs from Birmingham in the south. Originally it was intended to end at the junction, joining the Coventry Canal running from Coventry to Fradley Junction with the Trent & Mersey Canal. However, the Coventry company ran into financial difficulties. Therefore, the connecting length of canal was built by the Trent & Mersey Canal from Fradley, and the Birmingham & Fazeley from this end, meeting somewhere in the middle. The Trent & Mersey section was subsequently purchased by the Coventry Canal, leading this part to become known as the Coventry Canal (detached portion).

Today’s photograph is taken from a footbridge. The interesting sky is caused by a rather dramatic sunset to the left of the shot. Autumn colours are just beginning to creep in. Because I am shooting against the light, I have applied some HDR to the image to brighten the picture up and reduce the contrast.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 15 September 2017
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
  • Focal Length 42mm
  • F/4.5
  • 1/40 Sec
  • ISO 500

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