turn like the tide in the moonlight
rotate like the wheel’s coming loose
it’s a wonderful thing, to behold such a sight
it’s as if you’ve been hustled, vamoose!

good god it’s amazing you settle
and dance with such grace, such aplomb
and to think that the steam from a kettle
could drive you, could so spur you on

four minutes of fizz and you’re flying
suspending the passengers high
and what makes the motion surprising
is you’re moving in synch with the sky


Location: Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk, Scotland

© Donald Cameron 2009

This shot received a commended award in Landscape Photographer of the Year 2010 competition. On display in the awards exhibition at The National Gallery, London, from 22nd Nov 2010 to 16th Jan 2011. Also in accompanying book available at Amazon

What is it?
This is a long exposure shot capturing the rotation of the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland – the world’s first revolving canal boat lift. It takes approximately 4 minutes to fully rotate and lifts boats up to the next level of the canal. An amazing piece of architechtural design and engineering, apparently it only takes the equivalent power of boiling a kettle to power each rotation.

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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago


  • Thanks :)

    – Donald Cameron

  • Mike Cressy
    Mike Cressyabout 5 years ago

    INcredible! Looks like that scene from the movie “Contact”…

  • I have seen that film a long time ago but can’t remember the scene you’re referring to, it does look a bit extra-terrestrial though so yes I could imagine it appearing in such a film!

    – Donald Cameron

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    WOW!!!! Just awesome! :D

  • Thanks Cee!

    – Donald Cameron

  • George Swann
    George Swannabout 5 years ago

    Love the subject matter Donald, the detail is amazing!

  • It is an amazing place, thanks for commenting.

    – Donald Cameron

  • marshall calvert  IPA
    marshall calve...about 5 years ago

    what a wonderfully clean image and I mean that in a good way the exposure you made gave us a glimpse of the unseen nice work Donald

  • It’s a very unique structure and I wanted to have another go at shooting it in motion, like you say for me it’s the long exposure showing up what you can’t normally see that makes it an interesting place to shoot.

    I think I “nailed” this one better

    – Donald Cameron

  • Iain Phillips
    Iain Phillipsabout 5 years ago

    Nice one Donald!

  • Thanks Iain

    – Donald Cameron

  • OldBirch
    OldBirchabout 5 years ago

    Wow! How cool is this???

  • Ice cool, that’s how cool :)

    – Donald Cameron

  • Lea Valley Photographic
    Lea Valley Pho...about 5 years ago

    I’ve been longing to visit this for years.

    An amazing image and so well thought out, I’m impressed, an instant favourite.

  • It’s definitely worth a visit, uniquely impressive structure and it’s absolutely enormous. Glad you like it :)

    – Donald Cameron

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiabout 5 years ago

    Superb work it looks amazing

  • Thanks Hans

    – Donald Cameron

  • Alice Oates
    Alice Oatesabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful, so beautiful

  • As always thank you Alice

    – Donald Cameron

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