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The Grand Junction Canal

The Grand Junction Canal
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 186 W: 29 N: 315] (1708)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-10
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 20-40 f2.8 EX DG Aspherical, Hoya Skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-01 8:20
Viewed: 2474
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken on a regular Sunday lunchtime stroll to the Grand Junction Arms Pub in Bulbourne.
Whatever the weather chooses to do, it is always a pleasant walk to the Pub where a decent pint waits at the bar!

Thanks for looking.

The following notes are from www.tring.gov.uk

The Grand Union Canal and the Wendover Arm

Tring lies at the summit level of the Grand Union Canal. The canal passes to the north-east of the town on its way from London to Birmingham, and is accessible at several points, including Tring Station, Bulbourne and Marsworth.

The Grand Union Canal near Marsworth Originally called the Grand Junction Canal, it was constructed in the late 18th century to provide a short cut from the Oxford Canal at Braunston to the Thames at Brentford. It required a long deep cutting through the chalk Chiltern ridge between what is now Tring Station and Bulbourne.

The canal was a busy commercial waterway until the coming of the railways. (The West Coast Mainline railway follows nearly the same course and has an even deeper cutting running parallel to the canal.) It became part of the Grand Union system of canals in 1929 and was modernised in the 1930s to take bigger boats, which never materialised.

There is now negligible commercial traffic and the canal is given over to pleasure boats, which can be hired from several local boatyards.

The old British Waterways maintenance yard at Bulbourne

At Bulbourne, British Waterways used to have a maintenance yard where traditional wooden lock gates were made. The building is now used as a forge by a local artist blacksmith.

The Wendover Arm leaves the main line at Bulbourne Junction, and passes to the north of Tring to Wendover. There was once a wharf serving Tring, and a boatbuilding business, at New Mill. The arm's main purpose was (and is) to provide water to the summit level from springs at Wendover. From its original construction it was very leaky, and the section west of Tringford pumping station was closed in 1904. The Wendover Arm Trust is currently restoring it.

Further north, the Aylesbury Arm leaves the main line at Marsworth. This is a narrow canal - the locks are 7 feet wide, and it is still navigable to Aylesbury Basin. The lock joining it to the main line at Marsworth is a 2 chamber 'staircase' lock.

The pretty village of Marsworth is built around the canals, and is a pleasant place to stroll around and to watch the boats being worked through the many locks. There is a car park next to the canal and reservoir at Marsworth

All these canals have accessible towpaths, including the dry section between Tringford and Wendover.

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Hellow Alan,
Nice perspective and good depth.Great clarity throughout and the reflections add additional points of interest. A real tranqual setting.Great to see a place so beautiful and not spoilt by over crowding of tourists, nice image.

Hi Alan,
The clouds and its reflections in the water is adding vibrancy in the picture and curve on left side is leading the eye towards horizon.Excellent.

A beautiful capture of this beautiful countryside scene and thank you for the informative narrative. Great DOF with sharp details. Good colors. TFS

HI Alan...great work. Your composition is very well balanced and your saturation of the tones is perfect..nice work.


hi alan
beautiful scenic shot,good postcard colours very good detail,maybe showing a bit more of the bridge on the left might have helped the pov,anyway a very pleasing image.

Ciao Alan,

image decidedly pleasant, with a good framing and the sky that predominates.

Buona domenica

Hello Alan,

It is a great posting of the landscape of the country side... Bulbourne is a beautiful & clean place...the combination between the blue sky & milky cloud is outstanding & reflection in the lake is good too...usefull note...

Salute your composition & viewing angle...keep posting...


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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
  • [2010-07-03 4:57]

Hello Alan,

What a lovely photograph! The colours are well saturated (though not too much so), she sharpness is superb and the exposure spot-on with fine detail in the deepest shadows and the lightest parts. I love the reflections in the water of the canal, the composition is very good, conforming very nicely to the "Rule of Thirds", and that sky is to die for.


Best Wishes,


great composition with vivid colors ! it must be a joy to have a house right there.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2010-07-04 17:32]

Hi Alan
Lovely scene and stunning colours.
All the details are sharp and the colours are so clearly shown.
Well captured

Hi Alan,
A perfect image in respect of light and clarity, superb brightness and natural colours. The reflections on the water are a wonderful part of this picture and so are the nice fluffy clouds. The frame enahnces the scene as if it is from a movie. Great stuff my friend!

Very nice .I like this photos.
So nice colors details and reflection.
Regards Zoran

Alan, a superb photo, worthy of a post card and chamber of commerce publicity photograph depicting this beautiful scene! The color, clarity, and all composition lines are near perfect. Good on you!

JoeGoff, Louisville, KY

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