Paul Hoffman  

The Water Mill, Lower Slaughter by Paul Hoffman

October 2020 - The Water Mill, Lower Slaughter

About the Image(s)

This is one of the most photographed places in England and is the little village next door to Burton-on-the-Water in the Cotswold. Best time to go is around 6a.m. or first sunrise, No people and good light. Later, just too many people and Chinese tourist to get a clear shot.

I know a couple of you will say there are some converging verticals, but I can say that not one of those straight edges are straight and inline with another. The wheel still works and acts as overflow for the upper waters. Very pretty place to visit. Really beautiful on a frosty morning.

Straight Lightroom change to black and white with tonal work and slight straightening. Sony A77 “ Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 dt Art @ 18mm ISO100 F5.6 1/250 Pol

6 comments posted

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
Great texture in the old walls and the light area behind the wheel helps bring the viewer in. Seeing it small does not do it justice, when I open it in PS I can see all the great details and lighting. Two things that I would suggest, brighten the water flow next to the wheel and the crop at the top feels too close to the chimney. a side view to show more of the building might work well also, except for the tree may be in the way.   Posted: 10/01/2020 08:50:07

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Another outstanding B/W image. The wonderful textures make this image sing to me. How did you shoot this image. I know that you can not walk on water? Must have been a bridge or overpass? I lie the view and it makes me wonder what is the age of the Mill? In the USA we think that if it is over a 100 years it's old.   Posted: 10/04/2020 06:47:17
Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
How Old? As the history goes, there has been a mill on this position before 1086 where it was recorded in the Doomsday Book. This full mill was first put in place 16th Century by order of the High Sheriff of Gloucester. What you see hear was put into place around 1830. It now operates as a small museum, tea room and cake shop. The mill runs on most days and the water flows has to run every day to control the water levels. The mill stopped producing flour in 1958 when the last miller died. The current owners then took it on and turned it into what you see today.
The layout around the mill has not changed for 100 of years, I will put in a full picture in another round so you can understand. But in front of me is about 15 feet of water that is the shallow basin that also acts as a ford from one side of the village to the other. Behind me is the side wall of the end terraced house and I am standing on a three foot path that goes down the side of the house to the front of the mill. Hence it is better to get there early so you are not disturbed by tourist. Hope that all makes sense.   Posted: 10/04/2020 08:04:58

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Thanks so much. Including the great history of this location. Jerry   Posted: 10/05/2020 09:52:34

Steve Knight   Steve Knight
Terrific textures and feel. I know exactly where you took this shot and the 18mm was the key. We stayed at an inn there a stones throw away. I was never able to get a good shot of the mill and raceway as someone's head was always in the shot! If I recall the walkway where you were standing is not quite wide enough for two people to pass with a building wall on one side and water on the other.   Posted: 10/05/2020 11:01:39

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
This is a strong composition with the balance between the tree on the left and the tower on the right.

I also like the contrast between the structure and the waterway.

You have lots of interesting contrasts to make this a good image.   Posted: 10/13/2020 13:14:16


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