Ek deel graag die volgende reeks foto's wat Michael per e-pos aangestuur het.  Die storie is Engels, maar lees ook gerus die ontknoping op die einde...

Sal jy dit waag vir jou volgende landskapfoto?


This is the case of 1 photographer taking photographs of a 2nd photographer.

The following photos were taken by Hans van de Vorst from the Netherlands  at the Grand Canyon, Arizona ..

The descriptions are his own.

The identity of the 2nd photographer is unknown.

I was simply stunned seeing this guy standing on this solitary rock at The Grand Canyon ..

The canyon's depth is 900 meters (3000ft) here.

The rock on the right is next to the canyon and is safe.

Watching this guy - wearing flip-flop sandals - with camera and tripod, I asked myself 3 questions:

1. How did he get onto that rock ?

2. Why not take that sunset picture from the rock to the right, which is perfectly safe?

3. How will he get back?

After the sun set behind the canyon's horizon, he packed his things (having only on free hand) and prepared himself for the jump.

This took about 2 minutes, and at that point, he had the full attention of the crowd of tourists.

He's now at the point of no return - he jumped in his flip-flops.


Now you can see that the safe rock is higher so he had to land lower - which was quite steep - and tried to use his one free hand to grab the rock.


Look carefully at the photographer.

He has a camera, a tripod and a plastic bag, either on his shoulder or in his left hand.

Only his right hand is available to grab the rock and the weight of his stuff is a problem.

He landed low - his right hand and right foot are slipping.

At this very moment, I took this shot.

He then pushed his body against the rock, waited for a few seconds, threw his stuff up on the flat rock , climbed up and walked away, presumably to a bathroom to change his shorts.

I know I had to change mine - and I was only watching !

Hans van de Vorst


Die Ontknoping van die storie:

 Volgens die webwerf http://www.truthorfiction.com/  is die storie redelik waar, maar daren nie so erg soos dit lyk nie...


Summary of the eRumor:  
A series of pictures showing a man taking photographs atop a steep rock at the Grand Canyon then jumping from the rock to a nearby ledge when he is finished. The eRumor says the photos are real and from a photographer named Hans Van de Vorst.

The Truth:  
The pictures are authentic, but there is a little more to the story than the pictures show.

Hans Van de Vorst is a photographer from the Netherlands and posted the photos on Flikr.com. Whoever started the eRumor used them without permission and Van de Vorst has declined to let us post them.

It is a sequence of pictures that Van de Vorst took of a tourist at the Grand Canyon who was standing on a small rock atop a column of rocks with a camera on a tripod and taking pictures of a sunset.  Nearby in the picture is the edge of a cliff from which he apparently jumped and to which he will need to once again jump when he's finished.  The pictures, and the narrative with the pictures, leave the impression that the drop between the column of rocks and the cliff was 900 meters (nearly 3,000 feet) to the bottom of the canyon.  In reality, however, there is shelf between them that is out of sight below what is seen in the picture.  If the tourist had missed the cliff, he would have dropped to that shelf.  It is still a death-defying act for him, however, because the drop from the front or either side of the rock is to the bottom of the canyon and even hitting the shelf safely is a risk.  Van de Vorst said that he did not intend to hide the shelf.  From where he was watching the tourist the shelf was not visible and he did not know of it until a later time.

The daredevil has never been identified.  Van de Vorst says he has no idea who the guy is.  Anybody know who he is---and wants to admit it?

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Comment by Frans van Heerden on October 12, 2011 at 5:52pm
Na my mening is daar geen rede om so n kans te waag nie - selfs al sou dit die "waarheid" gewees het. Die uitsig in/oor die Canyon gaan, vanaf die "gewaagde gesigspunt", geen merkbare verskil maak nie, nie eers tydens n sons opkoms of sons ondergang nie. Wat meer belangrik is, is die feit dat die fotos wederegtelik gebruik is. Dit beklemtoon die belangrikheid om ons fotos te "beskerm" so goed ons moontlik kan.
Comment by Igno van Niekerk on October 11, 2011 at 9:40pm
En ja, die kamera kan dus 'n oordrewe storie vertel - selfs sonder Photoshop :-)

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