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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Devil’s pulpit

If you don’t get out then you won’t get any images. Sounds logic right? NO excuses, challenge yourself to at least once a month get out and take photos.

Known about this place for a while, seen images of this location numerous times but didn’t know where it was till by chance I came across a proper guide to find it.

So got up yesterday at 0420 and straight to the spot, had to bring out the mountain goat in myself to go down the stairs. I did buy a 30meter rope and some proper waist height waders. Didn’t need the rope as there were some already in place but waders came in handy. Water was only thigh high but a great investment for the future.

So here’s a few examples of the morning.

The Devil’s pulpit.
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Jacques le Roux ….

Have a play with online photo competitions

I have joined Gurushots a while back to gauge where I’m at with my photos. I do like the overall game and how it works, I don’t like the new Boost function and feel it’s unfair and once again pay to play will beat nonpaying folks. Pay to play has a unfair advantage but hen they do pay for it and keep the doors open BUT Gurushots does let you earn free Boosts as well so you do have the opportunity to compete at times. I buckled and bought 10 boost in the end but doubt I would like to do this very often, at least I have a the chance to be on level playing field.

You can find me at: https://gurushots.com/JacquesleRoux/photos

Do try it, it’s a bit of fun and give you a good idea which of your photos people like.

6 days to go and I hit 10th place in the single photos over 6000 people’s entries (up to 4 photos per entrance). Fingers crossed I can stay in top 20.

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Old competitions I did alright in.

Out of 14 000 photos entered I was 4th in the end and of the 3500 photographer I was 36th.
The Blue hour

Jacques le Roux ….

 

One day road trip, South African style

Continuing the South African theme.

I borrowed a car one day and went for a ride from Paarl over the mountain range using “Du Toits kloof” pass.

I stopped as often as possible and even went trekking through dense vegetation a few times for some photos.

Like this photo of the national flower, the Protea.IMG_1802I stopped at the “Du Toits kloof” tunnel and tried to get a few photos while staying out the traffic’s way.
IMG_1920I was lucky to be using a little Mini Cooper and I thought this looks like a nice advert for the car, one you could see in a car magazine.
IMG_1975Stopped at the “Du Toits kloof” resort. I attended a wedding there a while back.
IMG_2009 IMG_2049 IMG_2050 IMG_2057Then continued onto Worcester. I heard a train and stopped where I found a safe spot. I ran back in time get a few photos of it.
I was a little surprised as this wasn’t just any train it was the Blue train, the most luxuries train in South Africa (don’t let the outside fool you).

IMG_2094I saw some horses in the distance and tried to get a nice photo with them and the mountains in the back drop.
Not the greatest results, I need more work on landscape photos.

IMG_2062 IMG_2071Then leaving Worcester behind and onto “Bains Kloof” pass, the next 4 photos are on-route to Bains kloof”.
To my surprise I was back on this same roads a few days later for a 4×4 event but that’s for another day/post.

IMG_2105IMG_2162 IMG_2194 IMG_2205Stopped in “Bains kloof” and took a walk down to the river. I remember encountering a troop of bubboons 25 years ago in this valley.
Very dangerous animals and not to be taken lightly.

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Apologies for the delay in these photos, life sometimes takes priority over art. I will endeavour to get my posts back on track.

 Photographs by Jacques …