Boat Houses

By woolybill1
Durham University is famous for the quality of its rowing. Every constituent college has its eights, fours, twos and single sculls and a boathouse to keep them all warm and dry Wink

The other day Mrswoolybill and I paid one of our regular visits to the city, visited the market, partook of coffee and cheese scones in the Cathedral undercroft and undertook a gentle constitutional meander along the river banks. This is the view that we had looking downstream towards two college boat houses, one in dark brick and one pink, seen through one of the arches of Prebends' Bridge. I must admit to having focused on the bridge itself.

If you notice that the person standing on the bridge undergoes a sudden change in stature, I should point out that there is a viewing step within each bay. It's also interesting to note that the two exposures were separated by no more than 30 seconds, during which the wind on the river has changed direction and the light has changed quality and intensity. Typical February.

Version 1: 70mm, 1/200th sec. @ f11, ISO 200.
Version 2: 44mm, 1/160th sec. @ f11, ISO 200.

Tags: Architecture Durham River wear Landscape and travel Prebends bridge Boat houses

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chubs 13 7 England
9 Feb 2008 8:28AM
I like number 2 best, I can see those boaters coming through the arch.
9 Feb 2008 8:30AM
No 2 Simply perfect, nice shot and presentation
danbrann 16 640 17
9 Feb 2008 8:36AM
Good reflections Bill. It's strange how conditions hange so rapidly.
EllieEdge 13 15 42 Norway
9 Feb 2008 8:40AM
I like number 2 best also. The firs one does nt look straight. Even if it probably is.
The 2 version with the triple arch making it for me Bill, nice work.

All the very best
Silverzone 13 2 England
9 Feb 2008 8:57AM
Beautiful image, Sylvia
Paul_cats 15 61 22 Scotland
9 Feb 2008 9:13AM
Both great images. V2 for the reflection and V1 for the single arch framing the building. Good work.
bayleaf 13 8 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2008 9:14AM
I like them both. 2 great images Smile

9 Feb 2008 9:15AM
Two lovely images Bill, V1 for me like the composition,
imander 14 388 7 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2008 9:35AM
very good composition a pair of real good shots
ringyneck 14 315 18 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2008 9:38AM
Love them both,especially the great blue reflection of the sky.

SandraKay Plus
14 233 4 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2008 9:47AM
Two superb compositions.
9 Feb 2008 10:02AM
Well spotted natural framing Bill, peaceful scene, the wide view is a fine image, Adrian
MickyMc 13 8 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2008 10:17AM
No 2 for me I like to see the three arches
pascalg Plus
13 37 1 France
9 Feb 2008 10:22AM
the frame made by the arch in #1 is eye catching...
like the blue tones in both
helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2008 10:32AM
Both lovely shots, but v2 has the added bonus of the three arches.
I would also be tempted to add a tighter crop with v1, taking out the sky, leaving the brickwork and bringing the sides in, as it is such a beautiful archway
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
9 Feb 2008 11:46AM
Wonderful fuzzy reflections in #1 and I love the juxtaposition of round and square in the composition.
GlynnisFrith 14 23 3 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2008 12:23PM
I thought I know this place from the thumbnail Bill we have been there once or twice love to go. Well I think landscape version is the best love reflection, plus I think there is a little too much water in the portrait version.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
9 Feb 2008 12:27PM
found and well seen--- The sort of scene I look for-- This is totally charming!

Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
9 Feb 2008 12:27PM
Great shot....especially v1. Beautiful reflections.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
9 Feb 2008 1:35PM
No 1 for for me Bill,simply for two ''little details'' that leap out at me.The blue door and the figure.Prefer the water here too.It has a more shimmering effect.Interesting the change 30 secs can make.Fine stonework in the bridge too.Good ones.
proz 16 205 United States
9 Feb 2008 3:41PM
these are both very compelling shots but I really like V1, love the water (looks cold) and expecially love the way the bridge frames that boathouse! great reflections in both versions
Bodiewil 13 46 Wales
9 Feb 2008 4:11PM
Two great images Bill love the comp in No1 and the reflections in both work so well

DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
9 Feb 2008 4:58PM
The reflection in version one of the larger boathouse shows up more pink in the reflection, which I find fasinating.
I like how the arch of the bridge is forming a frame for the boathouses, & I also like the slight ripple to the water in the forefront...makes it very interesting.
A lovely image Bill.
lonely_oryx 13 61 55 England
9 Feb 2008 5:07PM
Prefer #1. Great colours and comosition
Sue_R 15 11 6 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2008 5:18PM
Both good, but I prefer version 2.

Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
9 Feb 2008 6:16PM
Love the tones Bill and the boat house is superbly framed.Well done.
luxaeternam 13 21 1
9 Feb 2008 7:27PM
N2 for me, like most viewers. It seems a stronger composition. However, I did enjoy reading the quaint description of your day you posted with N1. Smile
GalleryGirl 13 4 2 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2008 7:36PM
Two super shots. If I have to make a choice, No.2 just has the edge. Fabulous composition and colours.
Marilyn x
User_Removed 14 485 13 England
9 Feb 2008 7:45PM
great use of the Bridge Bill instantly focuses the attention

Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
9 Feb 2008 9:20PM
Great composition Bill. I love number 1. Now I know you are showing off, it looks like you must have been walking on water. If this is what a D300 does for you, I need to get one. LOL
imagio 14 12 1 England
9 Feb 2008 9:21PM
The framing on no 1 I like Bill, and the reflections on no 2 are great..

newy17 15 273 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2008 10:20PM
love version two bill beautifully captured,,
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
9 Feb 2008 10:51PM
Hi Bill,
It's 22.52 & this is the E2 featured shot at the moment.....
tigertimb 13 40 66 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2008 11:41PM
Great shots Bill, I particularly like #2 with the reflections making windows
10 Feb 2008 5:05AM
I like both of these shots. Lovely work.
Cormy 13 3 England
10 Feb 2008 9:06AM
Two crackers Bill,love the ripples on the water.
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
10 Feb 2008 5:02PM
good framing and reflections Bill in both versions
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
10 Feb 2008 6:54PM
Two lovely peaceful riverside scenes, excellent composition and reflections
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 9:24AM
Superbly composed, the person on the bridge gives a good scale.
IainH 16 82
11 Feb 2008 12:27PM
No 1 for me, the person on the bridge finishes it off
davidhu 15 19 United Kingdom
11 Feb 2008 2:12PM
Nicely done, Bill. V1 for me.
AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
11 Feb 2008 6:45PM
I'm going to go for v2 in this instance. It's like triple viewing - love seeing through the arches to the view beyond the bridge.
Is is true as Moira says that you need help carrying your D300 and gear around - is it awfully heavy?
11 Feb 2008 8:38PM
Bill, I'm sorry it's so long after the event that I pop up - but I think I'm bucking the trend by liking #1 more because of the detail in the water.

looboss 14 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2008 8:11PM
Cant decide which I like best! Smile

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