Over the past couple of weeks we have been documenting the journey of Albert, a Dutch barge heading east along the Kennett & Avon Canal. This weeks image is one captured along this journey.
Caen Hill locks are situated on the western edge of Devizes in Wiltshire. The complete flight of locks comprises 29 locks over a distance of 2 miles with a concentration of 16 locks in the middle. Caen Hill truly is a wonder of the British inland waterway system.
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.
This weeks image is a “Vetorama” (vertical panorama) created by stitching 6 landscape images together. Each of the 6 landscape images were 6-stop 5-image HDR (high dynamic range) images. This means the final image is a culmination of 30 source images. The images were captured in RAW with our DJI Inspire 2 & zenmuse x5s.
The film of the journey is now live on YouTube.
Albert navigates the Kennett & Avon CanalDutch Barge, Albert, navigates the Kennett & Avon canal from his home is Bradford upon Avon to Reading. This film follows some of his journey crossing Wiltshire and into Berkshire.
At 87 miles long, the Kennett & Avon Canal creates a navigable waterway across England from west to east, connecting the River Avon in Bristol to the River Thames in Reading - thus connecting the Bristol Channel to the Thames estuary and the North Sea.
The Kennett & Avon canal was a main trunk line for moving bulk goods until Brunel's Great Western Railway was constructed which did the job far more efficiently.
3dMB have also scanned the Caen Hill main flight and created a digital 3d model.