Birmingham’s Canals

ND – Mild, Early & Sunny, Blue

With the West Midlands and…
…Black Country the birthplace of the worlds’ Industrial Revolution, Birmingham is the capital city of industry.

The hearts of this city were the manufacturing companies, and the veins were the canals that brought the raw materials in, and took the finished products out again to the other great cities, most of all, London.

It is fitting that some of the great canal work in Britain is centred around Birmingham, and the city centre itself is home to Gas Street Basin which is regarded as the very centre of Britain’s canals network.

This lovely little cafe…
…in Birmingham City Centre is framed by the meeting of the BCN Main Line and Worcester and Birmingham Canal at the Worcester Bar below this metal footbridge, the Worcester Bar Bridge, which was reconstructed during the early 1990’s from a design by Horseley Ironworks.

“Canalside” @ Gas Street Basin

Nikon D700 'FX', Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6G AF-S VR @ 170mm, Exposure 1/200 @ F7.1, ISO 200

An area I’ve visited before
…is around the Snow Hill Railway arches as they cross over the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal.

Railway Tribute, Arches near Snow Hill

Nikon D700 'FX', Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6G AF-S VR @ 70mm, Exposure 1/10 @ F4.5, ISO 800, It's dark down here, even during daylight. The huge arch under the westbound lines out of Snow Hill Railway Station is a majestic cathedral to the railways, and below the main arch are many smaller arches that have been artistically blocked up to prevent the homeless finding shelter here.

A little further along…
…the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal you can find this graffiti below the concrete road bridge supporting the start of Constitution Hill near St Chad’s.

“Old Skool” Apparently!

Nikon D700 'FX', Nikkor 24mm F2.8D AF, Exposure 1/40 @ F6.3, ISO 320

A brisk walk further…
…along the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal brings you to Spaghetti Junction, or at least the Salford Junction below it. Turn south/east and follow the Birmingham and Fazeley canal further and it disappears under 200-300 yards of industrial building that straddles the canal in Erdington. It’s not nice down here.

Industrial Spooky

Nikon D700 'FX', Nikkor 50mm F1.4G AF-S, Exposure 1/40 @ F2.5, ISO 400, It's dark, long and very unnerving going through here alone and on foot. And that's just during daylight! Carrying expensive camera gear is a little worrisome.

Returning to Salford Junction and…
…looping back down a branch of the Grand Union Canal to Bordesley Junction brings you below this iron bridge close to Birmingham City’s football ground at St Andrews.

Bordesley Junction, Looking down the Grand Union Canal

Nikon D700 'FX', Nikkor 50mm F1.4G AF-S, Exposure 1/125 @ F11, ISO 200

Have fun,

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About nakedigit

I have legs and a camera. I also occasionally use a passport. The camera with my brightest lenses can almost (almost) see in the dark. So the only thing stopping me from putting it all together regardless of where and when i am is, well, me really! However, when i don't completely muck it up the results may end up here on this blog and also my Flickr page. I now Twitter and a website is coming... ND August 2010
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