Hampton Court Palace and the River Thames

The Story Behind the Image - Hampton Court Palace & the River Thames

A solitary sculler rows along the River Thames in front of Hampton Court Palace on a sunny day in summer.

What I recall most about this photo was that despite it being an extremely hot summer day I had managed to come down with a dreadful cold and had to keep stopping so that I could desperately get at some tissues.

To get this image I crossed the bridge from the Palace to Hampton itself and took the footpath through the public garden opposite the Palace. I found a gap in the trees that offered me a wonderful view of the riverside frontage, and just as I was photographing the scene a group of rowers came along the river

I thought they would make a good bit of foreground interest but I wasn't completely happy with any of the photos I took until the very last rower appeared in a single scull. It was worth the wait!

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