Image of the week – 3rd October 2020. This weeks image was captured in one of our favourite local landmarks earlier this week. Caen Hill locks are on the Kennett & Avon Canal on the outskirts of Devizes in Wiltshire. The complete flight of locks stretched around 2 miles and comprises a total of 29 locks which raise the canal 237 feet. The spectacular main flight comprises 16 locks in a strait line. To enable the main flight of locks to work, each has a water storage pond adjacent.
During the industrial revolution, the canal systems were vital infrastructure for transporting raw materials and goods. The advent of railways made journey times quicker and more efficient making the canal network redundant and the flight fell into disrepair. Work began in the 1960’s to overhaul the locks & make the K&A canal navigable again. In 1990 Queen Elizabeth II officially reopened the new overhauled locks. More history on Caen Hill can be found on the the Canal & River Trust website here.
Caen Hill being westward facing means it lines up beautifully for both sunrise and sunset, this image was captured at sunset. It is a vertorama (vertical panorama) created from 3 5-shot HDR images all processed in Lightroom. The source images were captured using our DJI Inspire 2 with Zenmuse x5s & DJI 15mm MFT lens combo.
One the same evening we captured a set of images for a time-lapse showing the suns final impact on the day and the car headlights whizzing along the local roads.