On top of the Forth rail bridge!

Thanks to Barnado’s children charity we were able to buy tickets to go up the Forth rail bridge and see the world from 110meter up. It was a quick 30min experience but so worth it, I hope they will be doing this again.  I know there is talks about making a tourist attraction on top of the Forth rail bridge, I hope this goes ahead.

Cheers
Jacques

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Scottish highlands day 3, Falls of Foyre

As we left the 3rd day we were already 15min down the road before we realsied we missed out n the biggest waterfall that was just minutes away form the camp site. We turned around and drove back to see Falls of Foyre, a walk down the hill to two viewing places made it all worth it.

Thank for watching
Jacques

Scottish highlands day 2, Invermoriston & Whitebridge

We left Plodda falls and drove back towards Loch Ness. We stopped at Invermoriston to visit the old bridge and see the river flowing between the bridges. Very dangerous location with moss making the rocks very slippery.

A worthy visit on any photography trip into the highlands.

Thank you for watching.
Jacques

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

Leith walk

We visited Edinburgh Leith walk in February (sorry about the absence, been a tad busy with life things).

Initial idea was to get some nice photos and this changed as we went further into the night into a Steelwool spinning session. I learnt to always have a bottle of water on hand as I nearly set the old rotten wood on fire on the bridge. A large ember got into a crack and I couldn’t get to it, a bottle of water saved the day or should I say the old bridge.

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Thanks for the visit
Photographs by 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:

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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.

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Photographs by Jacques …

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

Photographs by Jacques …

Kincardine bridge

Photos of Kincardine bridge. Not the easiest thing taken photos on a bridge with the movement as vehicles move along it. A bit of a damp and dreary day so decided to use some of the photos in black & white format.

The lights in the distants were the rotating strobe light of a tractor, came out well.

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Stalactites form under the bridge, they can grow up to 1cm a year. Some were 30cm long.
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Photographs by Jacques …