I have been side tracked from my one camera one lens photography journey with holidays and some professional photography work with the Fujifilm X-E1 but I am now back on track.
We spent last weekend re visiting a place called Foxton Locks nr Market Harborough. We first visited last year but were disappointed to find the stunning sequence of 10 locks had been drained for maintenance. Bummer, so returning this time in the height of summer was real treat with some surprises and a very pleasurable weekend. Foxton locks is a relatively famous set of 10 locks split briefly into two sets of 5 with a passing pond. I took the usual kit my Fujifilm X-E1 and 35mm f/1.4 lens and two batteries. The only other items I have in my bag these days is my Pixi tripod and a 10stop filter.
Seeing the locks from either end of the set of ten is really quite impressive. It’s a busy place too so I was up early to catch the scene without the crowds. Popular over the two days we stayed in the lower carpark both days the overflow was full. Traffic on the canals is fairly brisk too so there is plenty to keep the views interesting.
The other attraction at Foxton locks is wthe remains of the old boat lift. This must have been a very impressive feat of engineering when it was running. Boats were lifted up the same hill with a system that was constructed to the side of the locks in 1898. Two huge tanks the could hold two narrow boast each traversed up and down the incline using a counter balance system and a stream engine. Not much remains adept the rail track furrows as the steel was re used when the canal industry collapsed when we started to use roads to transport goods when the Diesel engine took hold.
The small museum has a working model and some interesting exhibits to show its true splendour when it was in use. It would be extraordinary to have it restored and add a section for the public to ride to help fun it’s running costs. Perhaps someone should look at crowd funding it.
We took a walk along the banks and into the tiny village of Foxton itself, quiet an sleepy away from the tourist trap of the canal.
On the return a couple of hang gliders gave us a low fly by. mad I managed to capture a shot but need to crop quite a bit due to the 35mm. As usual the Xe1 performed perfectly. I seem to be doing quite a bit more manual focusing and I like it. When I get to the end of this journey I think I will have worked out and definitely proven to my self what I would keep in my camera bag as the ideal setup. I’m looking forward to Christmas.
All together with the weather being kind, great views and subject matter to shoot along with some cool and interesting history and not to mention great food, wine and of course my camper what more could I ask for. Love it.
One life… live it. Hope you enjoyed the images. Check out that barge lift too on Wikipedia. The last few images