WPC – The Future is Here

Potential is just starting…

This week’s theme for the DailyPost Weekly Photo Challenge is Future, urging us to focus on the potential of things to come.  I am planning to post several images throughout the week, with today’s image showing that part of the Future is here already.

Falkirk Wheel in Action


The Falkirk Wheel is a marvel of modern engineering that truly opens our eyes to what is promises are held by the Future of science and engineering.

The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal, which have an elevation difference of 35 meters (appr. 115 feet).  Prior to the construction of this marvel, ships were required to go through a system of 11 locks, which could take as much as a day to traverse.

The wheel raises boats by 24 meters, after which they still need to go through 2 locks for the remaining 11 meters.  The lock operates on Archimedes’ principle, which states that the upward buoyant force on an object (i.e. boat) equals the mass of the water that is displaced.  This means that when a boat enters the moving part of the lock, its mass plus the mass of the water is equal to the mass of the when the boat was not in the lock.  In a nutshell both sides of the arm are always balanced.

20130601-Falkirk_57A1629Wheel in Landscape

The Falkirk Wheel is the only lock of its kind in the world; it opened in 2002.

Technical Details

This image was shot with my Canon EOS 5D Mk III with an EF 24-105 f/4L lens.  The camera’s built-in HDR processing was used to get the look and feel in these images.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Future

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

8 thoughts on “WPC – The Future is Here”

      1. I’ll keep this in my mind for my Bucket List Frank.
        My husband btw is in Germany now & he just texted me: What is the Mystery Slide yesterday? He was really into your slides..Hahaha..I told him it was guessed already but he replied to me when I sent him your photo that its in France too.Eventhough he’s miles away from us now he managed to remember your posts.
        We are absolutely hooked!

      2. Great to hear that I’ve got a fan in your husband! Your entire family will love Scotland, which will be well within your reach when you’re all settled in Europe.

        As I’m getting a bit more organized again after a number of crazy weeks, I’ll do my best to come up with a great mystery slide this week.

        Btw, Annecy is a great place to visit as well 🙂

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