Last month I organised an outing for members of Dundee Photographic Society to the Falkirk Wheel, which has been a outing in the making for a long time! The first time it got cancelled due to bad weather when we had all that snow in November/December 2010 and then last year around the same time it didn’t go ahead due to an issue with the coloured lights around the Wheel itself.
It all finally came together last month and around 24 of us met up at the wheel just after it closed to the public so we had it all to ourselves. We arrived just before sunset but the weather was pretty dull and cloudy so there was not much of a sunset! After signing in with security, those that had been before or wanted to do their own thing were left do it whilst a bunch followed me to the upper part to have a look around and so that I could give them some ideas and a starting point.
I treat these outings with the club the same way as my own workshops, I get an idea of the abilities of those who are there and what they are looking to get out of it. Although some are glad to get out with other photographers, others are looking to actually get a certain type of shot or learn a specific technique, such as how to shoot images at night.
Once everyone got settled and it got darker, the lights started to rotate through a spectrum of colours for and everyone managed to get several images they were happy and pleased with so all in all it was a good evening. The following is one of the handful of images I captured on the night:
Many thanks to all the staff at the Falkirk Wheel, especially to Marian Moncrieff, who were so accommodating for us to come along and get a chance to take some images out of hours. I’m sure it’s not the last time most of us will be there.