Here's a picture I took a couple of summers back from a bridge on the main street of Canterbury, a city about 15 miles from me. Camera was a Canon A1 with 35-70 zoom, film was Fujicolor 200. Brickbats welcomed.
Here in my area of the country, we have a rather high water level and many of our basements have sump pumps.
I would guess that the boats are for emergencies rather than pleasure...!? ;D ;D
The pic really turns me on...I like the vertical narrowness of it, the small waterway with the reflections and the contrast. I had initially thought some clouds in the sky would expand the pic, but have decided that since that area is relatively small that clouds would actually detract from the scene.
I walked back and forth along the bridge trying to get the right viewpoint, and this was the one I liked best. I focused on the windows of the houses because if I focused futher away then on DOF preview the windows were out of focus which didn't look right. I had to use a fairly large aperture to give enough exposure to get detail in the houses. As it was I think I was working at about 1/60 sec at around f/5.6 with 200 ASA film (the TTL meter suggested a shorter exposure). It took me about a quarter of an hour to decide how to take this, but it was something I just couldn't take as a spur of the moment shot. It was actually more difficult than I expected when I first looked.
Funny, Bob and I have been house hunting, and here also because of a high water table and old stone cellars, they often tend to be damp, lol. Bob see's it as a problem, I see it as a fact of life, lol I like the shot, I like the detail of the houses. I like the way the water leads the eye right up the middle of the image and then curves out of sight. Sherri