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Reflections of...

Reflections of...
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Copyright: Jon Fair (Jonela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 1 N: 457] (3470)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-07
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
Camera: Sony Alpha A300, Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom, 55mm CPL Polarizer
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-19 0:07
Viewed: 1560
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Took this on a a great day out with a pal Don Lees did both sides of the river Forth but stopped at the Falkirk Wheel the longest.

The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. It is named after the nearby town of Falkirk in central Scotland. The two canals were previously connected by a series of 11 locks, but by the 1930s these had fallen into disuse, were filled in and the land built upon.

The Millennium Commission decided to regenerate the canals of central Scotland to connect Glasgow with Edinburgh once more. Designs were submitted for a lock to link the canals, with the Falkirk Wheel design winning. As with many Millennium Commission projects the site includes a visitors' centre containing a shop, café and exhibition centre.

The difference in the levels of the two canals at the wheel is 24 metres (79 ft), roughly equivalent to the height of an eight storey building. However the Union Canal is 11m higher than the aqueduct which meets the wheel, and boats must pass through a pair of locks to descend from this canal onto the aqueduct at the top of the wheel. The aqueduct could not have been positioned higher due to conflicts with the historically important Antonine Wall.

The structure is located near the Rough Castle Fort and the closest village is Tamfourhill.

I cropped slightly in pspx1 before uploading to tl.

All ca and c's are welcome.

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To rewshearer: thanksJonela 1 11-19 14:02
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That wheel certainly is something special eh?
A real excellent capture here Jon. Love the stillness of the water and the reflection in it is just excellent.
Good composition: it shows just enough to see what/where this is.


lots better Jon nice shot well done
tfs bryan

Hello Jon,

Very interesting effect. Well executed.


Hello Jon, an interesting PoV of the Wheel.
We visited there a few years ago,but the weather wasn't fantastic and I didn't have a digital camera at the time.
It is a fascinating place.
You were so lucky to be able to capture this shot.
Quite abstract.
Tfs, regards Jean.

As one of the people who offered feedback I can say this is an improvement on the previous. I like the tighter framing and more disciplined approach to composition. I still think it would've been better if you were closer to the water's edge. Nice work here though.

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-11-19 15:27]

Hi Jon,
Nice improvement the water is like glass. TFS

The water is incredibly still - like glass The reflection is incredibly strong and well worth a shot I think I would have posted it upside down because a Freudian analyst might be inclined to ask you if the shape reminded you of anything !!
warm regards

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-11-24 14:02]

dear Jon,
this deep tone of reflected colors is beautiful and illusionary, maybe it is more tasteful than actual image,
and this up-side-down figure looks mysterious, like the wonder object in another world of reflection,
an artistic and imaginative view picture, thank you,

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  • Mitch Gold Star Critiquer [C: 240 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-12-23 19:21]

This is a really clever presentation, Jon.

It took me a couple of seconds to realise it was reflection, and even then had me wondering what it was, so 10/10 for captivation.

Amazing clarity and colours here, jon.
Not sure i'd agree with Rew's comment however. Had you cropped out the grass bank in the foreground, i'd have passed this by as WTF?

Good composition, excellent focus and contrast, perfect lighting and tone.

all in all, a job well done


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