YouTube channel started, Queensferry crossing video.

Finally gave in and started a YouTube channel, still work in progress and I guess like my photograph with time and experience it will get better. I’m not a person that likes to be recorded so I will have to think of a way I will do this without getting myself caught or heard on camera. I have a few good ideas already and I have a friend who is very good with project planning and storyboards, so we’ll see what happens.

Anyway here’s a short video of images captured while walking over the new Forth Queensferry crossing which opens today for traffic.

Thanks for visiting.
Jacques

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Shop now open

Finally got around to opening a shop for images, I will keep populating it as I find more and more images I want to add.

Please have a look and send me some feedback, I would greatly appreciate it.,

Shop can be found at: www.Jacquesle Roux.co.uk

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Always look both ways when taking photos

I was taking photos of the Forth road bridge and didn’t take make notice of the Forth rail bridge. It’s been taken to death BUT when I turned around I got this image.

Untitled_HDR2-fbI loaded it up on Viewbug and got into that month’s featured photos.
My best results so far on a single image. 50 peer awards and 120 likes as well as having 6 Photo Trifecta awards.

The actual image I was there for that night was this one.
Untitled_HDR7-fbIMG_8183-fbI took a walk on top of the road brigde to see the sunset and new bridge.Untitled_HDR6-fb

Thanks for the visit.
Jacques le Roux

Winter night wander out to break cabin fever

Cabin fever has been setting in and I had to get out for some photos. I had 4 places in mind but we ended restricted time wise as we only got out at 8pm.

First off to Linlithgow palace. Did a bit of research to see where the moon would come up and where to park. Off we went and of course the weather is currently foul. We were lucky to get a gap in the rain but the clouds killed any chance of the moon coming out for a peek. Went for a walk around the water and looked for a space between the trees to get the tripods set up. Eventually got a spot where the trees has fallen into the water. It made for a nice foreground interest for the photo. After that we walked around to get some lights reflecting in the water.

 IMG_7693-fbAn airplane came over so that was a nice add on.
IMG_7691-fbTook a walk around to get the light reflecting.
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After all that we went looking for the Forth and Blackness castle. I have been trying to get my steelwool kit
set up and last night was the test night. I had a few ideas and did two photos of light play with lit steelwool.
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Jacques le Roux….

Autumn sunrise at the Forth

Went to get some sunrise photos this morning at North Queensferry. Learnt how to use bracketing at the end of the session. Good results in the end.

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Thank you for viewing my images
Jacques le Roux

Halloween light trail special

As Halloween will be here shortly we went hunting for the elusive ghost train.

A bit of long exposure light play at the trains station at South Queensferry. It’s a learning curve and we went out experimenting on Friday night.

So we stood at the end of platform 2 facing the Forth rail bridge and as trains went past tried to get the light trails working. After a struggle we eventually got some good shots.

Then it was onto trying to shoot the end of the train as it’s stationary and moving away. The only problem with this is the delay between trains arriving at the platforms. 15-20min wait and then a single photo. I have eventually decided to get my 2nd (my back up camera, I replaced the Canon 1D MKIII with another 7D) Canon 7D involved to increase the possibilities of some good shots. I had to use a camera backpack as a make shift tripod but will invest in another tripod for the future, I might even need another lens as the wide angle is a bit to short at times.

Here’s the results of us facing the Forth railway bridge:

IMG_7262-fb IMG_7263-fb IMG_7272-fb IMG_7274-fb IMG_7278-fbAnd then moving to the back of each train working out how long to start the exposure before the train moves away to get
the illusion of transparency while having enough detail to see that it is a train.

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Thanks you for having a look
Jacques le Roux

Taking a walk under the blue moon

Beginning of August there was a blue moon and I thought I might as well try and capture it. I planned a walk down the Forth to take a few photos at sunset of the Forth bridges.

I walked a good distance and came to a point I could see Crammond island and it’s WW2 submarine defenses in the near distance. While I was taking the photos of the ship moored I looked around to see a huge moon rising. Almost totally missed as I expected it to rise 2 hours later. The size of the moon as it rises is by far the best due to the atmosphere and the way light plays tricks on our eyes.

To be honest the moon photos are nothing to write home about but it did give me a glimpse into the possibility of better photos in the future. As long as I plan it better of course.

I found 2 indispensable website for sunrise/moonrise photos.
http://suncalc.net = sunrises and sunsets
http://www.timeanddate.com = moon rise and moon phases

Here’s some of the photos I took as I was walking up and down the Forth.

IMG_9002 IMG_9005 IMG_9013 IMG_9024 IMG_9033 IMG_9038I visited North Queensferry for a last attempt to get a nice moon lit photo. I think this one made it worth while.IMG_9072-c1

Photographs by Jacques …

Live and learn – fireworks

I went to take photos at the Forth train bridge of fireworks going off next to the bridge while the passenger on a steam train look on. Here’s a post with things I learnt from this night.

DO NOT stand down wind from the fireworks
DO NOT shoot camera in hand
DO NOT stand behind a structure if the fireworks are being shot in front of it (it doesn’t always get the height to get over the structure)
DO NOT come late and unprepared
DO NOT stand with other photographers if you can help it, find a unique position (unless they know the place and know what results they will get)

DO talk to other photographers and gather as much info as possible
DO a recce before the fireworks starts
DO find out where the fireworks are being shot from
DO check the wind direction if possible
DO use a tripod for long exposure
DO bring multiple cameras if possible
DO remember your remote trigger
DO always have a thick coat and beanie available

Photos were taken with my Canon 1D MK III and Canon 7D MK I with wide angle lens. As you can see at the end of each series the smoke has effected the results and are very much in the way. If I stood on the other side I would have had better photos and no smoke in the way.

LIVE and LEARN I say. So here’s the results.
While waiting a train went through the centre of the bridges.

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Puff of smoke from the steam train. It parked in the middle of the right hand side structure.IMG_5012_1 IMG_5013_1 IMG_5014_1 IMG_5015_1 IMG_5016_1 IMG_5017_1 IMG_5018_1 IMG_5020_1 IMG_5028_1 IMG_5029_1 IMG_5037_1These are from the Canon 1D MK IIIIMG_0614_1 IMG_0615_1 IMG_0616_1 IMG_0617_1 IMG_0618_1 IMG_0631_1After it was all done we went to the other side to see what shots we could have had. Live and learn.IMG_5046_1 IMG_5055_1

Thank you for the visit
Jacques le Roux

Forth bridges at sundown

Another visit to the remarkable Forth and the bridges crossing it.

Joined the photography club in the outing and as usual found it to be a fun and rewarding experience. Found a area I’m lacking experience and will have to work on.

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I prefer the black&white image over the colour one
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One of the club members played as a model for this shot.IMG_5226-500px IMG_5662-500px IMG_5668-500px IMG_5673-500px

A bit of steel wool play at the end to top the night off.IMG_5708-500px IMG_5709-500px

Photographs by Jacques …