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The Wheel



The Falkirk Wheel, links the Union and Forth and Clyde canals outisde Falkirk, the worlds only rotating boat lift raises boats by 79ft,...
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The Falkirk Wheel, links the Union and Forth and Clyde canals outisde Falkirk, the worlds only rotating boat lift raises boats by 79ft,
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22 Comments | Report
William_Doyle
 
William_Doyle May 20, 2015
Awesome shot.
p_eileenbaltz Platinum
 
p_eileenbaltz January 23, 2016
Wow!!! I love this. Congratulations on being chosen a finalist in the 'Into The Void' photo contest.:)
exsaman
 
exsaman January 26, 2016
love this shot
nandicmb PRO+
 
nandicmb March 19, 2016
Congratulations on your Contest Finalist win in Into The Void Photo Contest!
cvstudiodesigns
 
cvstudiodesigns November 23, 2016
Wow! That red glow seals the deal for me. Awesome capture
phillips
 
phillips November 24, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
phillips
 
phillips November 24, 2016
WOW!
elainewhitelaw
 
elainewhitelaw December 10, 2016
Great shot .. i live no to far from here aswell
angelathornycroft
 
angelathornycroft December 10, 2016
Brilliant
bleu
 
bleu December 10, 2016
Great shot. Congratulations.
znikon
 
znikon December 10, 2016
Congratulations! Great shot
paulericopal PRO+
 
paulericopal December 10, 2016
Love the location,art and engineering!!
FriezeFrameFotos
 
FriezeFrameFotos December 10, 2016
Brilliant! Composition is striking! It was the one I thought was the winner for Clash of the Lites photo contest!
Lyndynz
 
Lyndynz December 10, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
SB PRO+
 
SB December 11, 2016
Congratulations
laurencebrowne
 
laurencebrowne December 12, 2016
Visited the Falkirk Wheel several times but never when it looked as beautiful as this - a wonderful capture.
peethanabhilash
 
peethanabhilash December 12, 2016
Awesone
Noemi_Thomas
 
Noemi_Thomas January 18, 2018
Incredible
Foto_goal
 
Foto_goal March 19, 2018
Gorgeous!
althomas
 
althomas June 14, 2018
Great capture!
lindaarcher
 
lindaarcher September 26, 2019
Even in the loneliest spaces we can find peace and perfection. As you have found here!
SeOdonnell
 
SeOdonnell December 27, 2020
Awesome

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at the Falkirk Wheel, Its the only rotating boat lift in the world!! There is a 76ft difference in height between the Union Canal and The Forth and Clyde Canal. The wheel rotates to lift boats from one canal to the other. This image was taken at the top end.
Time
I had been out photographing Red Kites nearby during the day and hoped to catch the Falkirk Wheel Floodlit at night. I had parked close to the bottom of the wheel and stopped at ground level to take some images from below. As I made my way up the hill to catch this image, the floodlights were turned off!! I had to adapt to a very long exposure to light the image. The warning lights at the end are overexposed but I think the bright spots of red add a bit of variety
Lighting
I had hoped for the floodlights to be on but that wasn't to be. A long exposure and the glow from the nearby town reflecting on the low cloud has lit the fairly evenly. The red warning lights at the far end draw the eye slightly to the middle.
Equipment
This was taken on a canon 400D with a 10-22mm wide angle zoom. I used a tripod as the exposure had to be quite long as it was taken at night.
Inspiration
I had hoped to get this image in twilight with the coloured floodlights still on the arcs but I like the overall mood of the long exposure and the glow from Falkirks streetlights .
Editing
I have added a vignette to keep with the shape of the structure and I have toned down the overexposed lights at the end of the wheel.
In my camera bag
I have changed my camera body now to a Canon 700D. one of these days I'll upgrade again to a Full frame body. I usually carry a 17-55mm canon kit lens and a Sigma 70-300. I have just started trying to use my 50mm prime more. I always have a few Grad filters and a B&W 10 stop.
Feedback
My advice for this location would be to get there before the lights go out but I like the way this image turned out.

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