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Narrowboats and small pleasure crafts moored in the Canal Basin at The Falkirk Wheel, at Tamfourhill, a suburb of Falkirk in Central Scotland.

The Falkirk Wheel is a unique rotating boat lift which links the Forth and Clyde Canal to 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, 35m (115ft) from the Forth and Clyde Canal to the level of the Union Canal.

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 : This, That, and the Other Thing : 17 Jun 13
Featured in : AROUND THE WORLD : 4 Aug 13

Related shots can be found at: Lowland Scotland.

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  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 1 year ago

    really cool. I saw that strange thing in a powerpoint on Internet. Lucky you. it’s a nice shot ;)

  • Thank you so much Manon, it is a fantastic feat of engineering …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Thea 65
    Thea 65over 1 year ago

    How interesting!! Great shot, Tom!

  • Thank you so much Thea …

    – Tom Gomez

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Awesome, Tom!!

  • Thank you so much Gena …

    – Tom Gomez

  • MaryinMaine
    MaryinMaineover 1 year ago

  • Thank you so much Mary, I am honoured …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 1 year ago

    Tom, fantastic image. We really enjoyed our ride on this in 2007 !

  • Thank you kindly Roy, it s a good day out …

    – Tom Gomez

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    June 17, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you so much Teresa …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Kenneth Keifer
    Kenneth Keiferover 1 year ago

    Wow! I’ve never seen anything like that! Very interesting! And, the shot is composed perfectly!

  • Very much appreciated Kenneth, thank you …

    – Tom Gomez

  • GerryMac
    GerryMacover 1 year ago

    Excellent composition Tom love the HDR

  • Thank you kindly Gerry …

    – Tom Gomez

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalover 1 year ago

    I’d love to see the wheel in action, great image Tom & excellent use of foreground colour.

  • Cheers Howard, it is very impressive and uses only 1.5kw of power to lift 2 boats up 35m and unlike canal locks, it does not waste any of the water …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibover 1 year ago

    How cool is this! Awesome capture Tom!

  • Very much appreciated Arfan …

    – Tom Gomez

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