There has been no let-up in the succession of storms, driven by a powerful Jet Stream, that have been devastating the UK for well over six weeks now. This is the wettest winter for 250 years and it has devastated the South West of the UK, the coastline of Wales, and the Somerset Levels; and now as the water moves down stream, the Thames valley is subject to the worst flooding in memory. And those are only the headline hot-spots. Many other areas are also suffering severely. And more storms are on their way. When will it ever end?
I live in central England, an area that is often spared the worst of the weather as it has often spent its force by the time it reaches us. And I also live on high ground. But even in the valleys of the Tove and Great Ouse rivers, just a few miles from where I live, there is extensive flooding of the Water Meadows (or Flood Meadows to use a more accurate term) as these rivers have burst their banks
Last weekend I visited this area alongside the Great Ouse in Old Stratford. This is an area where sheep normally graze and where we walk occasionally. I’ve never seen it so extensively flooded.
In the space of seven minutes I shot the images you see here. Early in the shoot, I saw the potential for panning during the exposure to produce something a little different, and so I thought I would just have a bit of fun and see what turned up. The majority of the blurred images were achieved in camera (most at ISO 100 f19/f22 1/20th sec). I was not carrying a ND filter (I seldom do). In one or two cases I have slightly accentuated the blur during processing by adding a little motion blur. The very last image is purely motion blur added during processing (to the penultimate image).
The light varied and when the sunlight faded, images captured became virtually black and white straight out of camera, so there was very little work needed to convert to B&W. It would be interesting to hear which images you prefer and why.
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