A Wheely Good Idea by Tom Gomez

The Falkirk Wheel, a unique rotating boat lift at Tamfourhill, a suburb of Falkirk in Central Scotland.

The Falkirk Wheel solved a major challenge; to link the Forth and Clyde Canal, which lay 35m (115ft) below the level of the Union Canal. Historically, the two canals had been joined at Falkirk by a flight of 11 locks that stepped down across a distance of 1.5km, but these were dismantled in 1933, breaking the link.

In five and a half minutes, the wheel can lift two canal boats at the same time along with the water they are floating in.

Camera: Sony NEX-7
Lens: Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC

Three bracketed RAWs Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro.


Featured in : YOU GOT IT, WE WANT IT : 15 Jun 13

Related shots can be found at: Lowland Scotland.

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  • Fara
    Faraalmost 2 years ago

    And it is a wheely good title to retire to bed on………………………….excellent and interesting capture Tom………………………………….x

  • Thank you so much dear Joyce, it is an amazing machine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 2 years ago

    A clever idea and well taken

  • Thank you so much Mik …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonalmost 2 years ago

    How amazing is this, excellent capture Tom :o)x

  • Thank you kindly Josie …

    – Tom Gomez

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 2 years ago

    June 15, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you Teresa, I am honoured …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 2 years ago

    That’s one of the wonders of the world, I reckon! Beaut shot, Tom!

  • Thank you Mel, it is impressive and unique …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownalmost 2 years ago

    One, Two, Three lift!
    Quality artwork Tom :o)

  • Thank you my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dalmost 2 years ago

    Quite an amazing piece of Scottish engineering. Great composition and capture with those clouds and reflections.

  • Thank you so much Kasia …

    – Tom Gomez

  • John44
    John44almost 2 years ago

    Good camera work Tom !!!

  • Thank you my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepalmost 2 years ago

    Wheely wonderful!!

  • It is an amazing structure Gena …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibalmost 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture Tom!

  • Thank you so much Arfan …

    – Tom Gomez

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