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 : Creative, Talented & Unknown : 30 Dec 13
Featured in : European Everyday Life : 3 Jan 14

Related shots can be found at: Lowland Scotland.

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  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boily10 months ago

    this is great! I saw that structure in some documentaries on tv. very imaginative. nice shot sir ;)

  • Thank you so much Manon …

    – Tom Gomez

  • kalaryder
    kalaryder10 months ago

    The machinery is fascinating, I would like to see it in action, nice shot Tom

  • Thank you Mik, you can take a trip on the canal boat which takes you to the top …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brown10 months ago

    You should play snooker Tom!
    You certainly know the best angles :o)

  • Thank you my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalf10 months ago

    Fantastic capture Tom. We’ve nothing like that on the Leeds Liverpool. All the very best for 2014, hope you have a happy, healthy year.

  • Thank you my friend, this thing is unique, the only one of its kind anywhere …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalyn10 months ago

    stunning work !

  • Thank you dear Guendalyn …

    – Tom Gomez

  • fauselr
    fauselr10 months ago

    cool shot

  • Thank you kindly Ray …

    – Tom Gomez

  • LeRoyM
    LeRoyM10 months ago

    amazing work Tom! Happy New Year!

  • Very much appreciated, thank you …

    – Tom Gomez

  • jainiemac
    jainiemac10 months ago

  • Thank you so much Jainie …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Thea 65
    Thea 6510 months ago

    Fabulous capture of this huge machinery, Tom!

  • Thank you so much Thea …

    – Tom Gomez

  • vaggypar
    vaggypar10 months ago

    Congratulations on your feature on 03/03/2014

    Keep the great work coming.

  • Thank you VP, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

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