This weekend a few colleges and I dragged ourselves out of our hotel and went on a little road trip through the heartland of the USA.
The first place we visited was Wichita, Kansas state. Here we met up with F16CrewChief
(If you don't know him, he has one of the best catalogues of aircraft on dA check him out!) where we visited the Kansas aviation museum and Kansas Cosmosphere. Both were fantastic, interesting places to visit.
The aviation museum was especially good to photograph; from the Art-Deco terminal to the exhibits themselves (some actually squeezed inside the terminal building itself!) making for a great range of interesting subjects. Some of the images from the museum are featured above, the last of which, the Jet Mentor is very special indeed. There are plenty more images besides these and I will upload some of these later.
The Cosmosphere has some great exhibits, some of which I will share soon, the Apollo 13 command module was my personal highlight.
Once we were done with the Cosmosphere we said our goodbyes to F16CrewChief
, who had been dropping all kinds of interesting insight up until this time, so we could make our way to Kansas city.
On our way to Kansas we stopped at the former Mildred concrete plant. Sadly it was dark when we got there making exploration tricky. What we were able to get to in our limited time was very interesting though, I only wish we had more time and better planning to make more of it.
Kansas brought us the WW1 museum at the Liberty memorial and Negro baseball league museum. Both were very interesting and informative. The world war 1 museum was allot more substantial than we had been lead to believe with very large collections of small arms, field guns and even a tank. Pretty impressive considering its size.
All good things have to come to an end sadly and now facing -9c accompanied by a rather chilly wind, we decided to go home. This meant we didn't get to visit the PHM-5 Aeris hydrofoil we had hoped to see. Promise of blizzards, no response from the museum piece owner and a lack of taste for any further driving saw us skip out this extra leg to our journey.
For a relatively short notice trip it was a good fun event made all the more special for F16CrewChief
taking the time to come say hello to whom we owe a big thank you.
With the Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 DI VC USD it was inevitable that the already over stuffed Tamrac Adventure 9 was far to small for the job. I spent far to long researching bags and was considering some real monsters before settling on a second hand Expedition 7.
Big enough to carry the monster Tamron fitted to the camera along with all of my other lenses, two speed lights and assorted crap. Most importantly though the Tripod fits down the centre of the back, far less annoying than dangling under the bag like it did on my Adventure 9.
I look forward to getting out with it for an adventure or expedition...
I have found, increasingly so, that my reach within Deviant art is a bit limited. With the free membership being so clunky and the general lack of will for other non-deviant art users to access websites outside of their favourites list, I have chosen to start a facebook page
for my photography. This should broaden my reach with a more commonly understood and used website.
This isn't me leaving Deviant Art, just to clarify, as the community here is far to good. DA is the best place on the internet to reach other artists, where you can share and enjoy great works of art whilst getting excellent feedback on both.
In other news.
As you will have seen, I have been busy exploring the heartland on the United States. Since the end of December I have been busy snapping and uploading at break neck speed. Some has been places and things of interest to my watchers, others have been a bit more artistic. I hope you are enjoying them and would appreciate any feedback you may have.
As for all of the :fav:s and such, thank you very much. I have now reached that awkward point where I can only send so many thank you's before getting accused of spamming. So I apologise for not sending you a personal thank you but a big thank you all the same.
Finally and maybe the thing I should have opened this journal with, I have finally purchased a super-teli lens. I recieved my Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 DI VC USD. I have only been out for a quick test and found it to be very good for the (comparatively speaking) low price. So hopefully this will bring some more opportunities to shoot further away subjects with ease and less cropping.
As 2014 draws to a close and we look forward to what 2015 has to offer it is a good time to reflect.
From getting the opportunity to be part of as well as to shoot the Belgian classic TT to being offered the chance to live in USA for a 8 months, there has been no shortage of interesting experiences this year.
I got to see the arrival and first flight of the RAF's first RC135W Rivet joint and a very special guest in the form of the Canadian Avro Lancaster came to visit our shores.
As the year warmed I took to work on my new VFR800 RC46
motorcycle and soon lost my fight against the craving for 2 stroke fumes, buying an NSR250 MC28
. These two quickly begun to grow stories of their own that were shared as blogs that I started writing.
The Belgian Classic TT was a huge eye opener into the world or racing that has left me hankering for my own chance to shave seconds form my lap time then no sooner was I back from that I was back traveling this time to the USA. Here I have explored to places I would have never had the chance to visit and see people I would have never been fortunate enough to meet.
In the closing days I am now writing the first journal of 2015 for Everything-Nikon
. A new year brings in new rules and some other big changes for this fantastic group that has just reached 10,000 members. We have come a long way since our club days 6 years ago are set for even bigger things.
So all told not a bad year. I can only look forward to 2015, it has allot to live up to!
This month is mostly going to be about driving. The biggest drive of which was done this weekend, with a drive up to Rapid city and back again the following day. Some 700 miles of what is basically one big field between Omaha and Rapid City doses't exactly excite the imagination, not helped by the clear rationing of corners on American roads. Our only accompaniment was a collection of dits we have all heard before and Toby Keith on the radio.
There was however ample opportunity for photographs at the destination though with the obvious tourist destinations being visited. With Crazy Horse and mount Rushmore seen and allot of information signs on blasting rock read we, with time not on our side had to head home. This didn't mean we missed out on some of those mountain roads and a cheeky diversion to the Badlands for a sunset show of colour and light.
An early lesson in trying to see anything in the USA tells us we are required you to travel miles was also accompanied by a diverse landscape and some helpful and friendly people.
Still more miles are planned to be placed under our hire cars tires as we intend to head onto Kansas next month followed by Chicago for thanks giving. Entertainment is already planned for much of this but as ever, my camera will be following me and some photographs may well find themselves on here.
As some of you may well already know I have crossed the pond to say hello to some of my colonial chums in North America.
Due to some hefty investment back home I am a bit cash short to be going wild just yet but I hope to be getting a good explore on as soon as I can and share my results with you.
Thus far a few road trips have resulted in a tired bridge, a funny looking pig pen and a cricket but have also highlighted some other interesting sites that could be worth a visit later on. That was only a half hour drive East so 3 more directions to go and a fair few more miles of continent left to explore at that!F16CrewChief
has been kind enough to invite me to a local site of his which I intend to get down to and I hope to catch up with many other Deviants over the next year so if you are about and willing to go on a wonder with your camera, drop me a message.
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