Monday, February 29, 2016

City Road Basin, Regent's Canal, London

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The Regent's Canal is an 8.5 mile long waterway that passes through the north of central London from the Grand Union Canal at Paddington to the Limehouse Basin (and the River Thames) in the east of London. It was built between 1812 and 1820 by the engineer James Morgan working for the architect John Nash. Its purpose was to aid the redevelopment of this part of the city.

Today the canal still has minor commercial uses but is predominantly recreational with narrow-boats a common sight at various points, many acting as floating homes. The tow path is a combined footpath and cycleway, forming a pleasant, traffic-free route through these densely built areas of London. Canal-side sites are, like any open or disused space in the city, a magnet to builders, and flats continue to spring up at many points along the route. Here, at the City Road Basin in Islington, warehouse conversions and new-builds of both traditional and determinedly modern design sit side-by-side.

photograph and text © Tony Boughen

Photo Title: City Road Basin, Regent's Canal, London
Camera: Olympus E-M10
Mode: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 20mm (40mm - 35mm equiv.)
F No: f4.3
Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec
Exposure Compensation: -0.3 EV
Image Stabilisation: On