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Falkirk Wheel

Falkirk Wheel
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Copyright: Derek Fisher (Derona) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 266 W: 154 N: 855] (5631)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-30
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
Camera: Nikon D700, Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 G
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-31 2:17
Viewed: 1648
Points: 26
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Took a trip to see the Falkirk Wheel yesterday. The wheel is a remarkable feat of engineering which was completed in 2002, it remains the only rotating boat lift in world. The wheel connects the Forth and Clyde canals which have a height difference of 35 metres. Unfortunately it was not working yesterday due to the canals being frozen.
The total 600 tonne weight of the water and boats is turned by a series of electric motors that use a very small amount of electricity (equivalent of 8 kettles being boiled).
Taken hand held from one of the floating jetties.
For more information on the wheel and an animated view of the wheel in action Falkirk Wheel

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To jackal: ThanksDerona 1 02-01 13:15
To SunToucher: Amazing lensDerona 1 01-31 12:53
To caledonia: Nikon / CanonDerona 2 01-31 12:44
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Bonjour Derek

Superbe architecture!!
Le lien web permet de voir en action ce bijou de la technologie!!

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2010-01-31 2:34]

Hi Derek,
great perspective.Beautiful reflection and sharpness.TFS.Necla.

Hello Derek,
A very good impression from this interesting wheel and the technique.
A few years ago I saw a film on t.v.about the weels and how it works. Very impressive!
Good picture you make of it!
t.f.s.and greetings,

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2010-01-31 3:56]
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Hello Derek.
Nice photo here. Well composed and presented. Good perspective and reflection in the water.
My suggestion for you is to use half grey filter for a future to make sky same colour like water.. Only suggestion.
Interesting shot.
Janek Kloss

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2010-01-31 4:16]

Hi Derek,
Superb shot of an engineering marvel - the image is crystal clear with good colours and PoV - the reflection is great. Best wishes

excellent composition to show the Falkirk wheel its reflection. Incredible to think that it works on such low electricity I guess the rest of the power is generated by the ancient law of gravity. TFS
warm regards

Hi Derek,
I am amazed about the sharpness from front to back with this aperture. The overall photo is wonderful with a real nice cool color to it. The light was in your favor and gave you wonderful contrast. That bit if ice in the front makes the photo special.

Hello Derek
What a great place and wonderful capture!
Details and colors are great!
Good reflexion!

Hi Derek,

Lot's of nice detail,as has been commented before with 2.8 you have retained a lot of detail and depth it must be the type of foreground, or just the superior Nikon lenses ( Wait for the Canon boy's to kick off)


This really is a spectacular and unique construction. Your capture of it here is great - the reflection on the icy water, the depth of focus and diminishing perspective all come together perfectly. A shot to be proud of!

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2010-01-31 11:18]

Very interesting technical construction, nicely composed, excellent photo

amazing details and lighting never been there yet looks i will have to goshortly

Hi derek,
a great view of the wheel, which I think you may have done before, the lighting and PoV are very good - these Scottish engineers are the best

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