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Great tyro 2019-03-13 17:11

Dear Ric,

You have written a fascinating and most informative note about Britain's canals and shown us a beautiful photograph to accompany it.

This is a perfectly and very pleasingly composed image which works so very well in black and white: I love the soft lighting and the rich tones, fine contrasts and lovely textures. Your exposure is perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.


Kind Regards,


P.S. How remarkable that you took this photograph in the little Oxfordshire village of Cropredy. I have, in fact, visited this place a couple of times myself and actually became acquainted with one of the village worthies there - in fact, he used to live very close to this very canal. Pretty decent old bloke he was but he was pretty long in the tooth when I knew him so he's probably passed on long ago. Fancied himself as a bit of a photographer too but would never have managed to produce a photograph half as good as yours. Cheers.

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John, I have heard talk of such a man, from the locals.. They speak of him in hushed tones in the quiet recesses of the local Scottish Tea Houses. Their words sometimes harsh and sometimes kind... they talk about his potential and his work, but never of the great man. I will mention your namer next time I hear whispers of him - they may invite you down so they can hear direct word from those who knew him..

There was word that he had friends in high places... especially on the high hills of the Scottish Borders, of friends of far away places.. but nothing has been seen or heard from them in many a year..

all rather strange

Thank you my friend for the kind words of my photo..

I may have a second cuppa tea ( Scottish) - to calm my nerves
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