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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.


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  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 1 year ago

    Super picture, Tom!

  • Thank you kindly David …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasover 1 year ago

    Excellent photo of this amazing machine!

  • Thank you so much Stephen …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 1 year ago

    Only been once Tom; amazing bit of kit!
    How did you manage to get all the people to stay out of the shot?
    Crackin artwork!

  • Hehe, you wait until they have all got on the boat …

    – Tom Gomez

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    July 15, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you so much Teresa …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 1 year ago

    So interesting! Wonderfully captured!

  • Thank you kindly Barbara …

    – Tom Gomez

  • biddumy
    biddumyover 1 year ago

    A wonderful image of a great feat of engineering although I’ve never seen it working!!!

  • Thank you kindly Evelyn, it is worth a visit …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...over 1 year ago

    AMAZING! fantastic HDR photo too Tom. love it.

  • Very much appreciated Jane …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Dr. Harmeet Singh
    Dr. Harmeet Singhover 1 year ago


  • Thank you so much Harmeet …

    – Tom Gomez

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Excellent!! Love the POV!!

  • Thank you kindly Gena …

    – Tom Gomez

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 1 year ago

    How cool ! ..I just googled this to get some more info – it’s amazing ! …Great shot Tom xx

  • Very much appreciated Gail, it is an amazing machine …

    – Tom Gomez

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