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Getting into Blogging

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 28, 2014, 4:30 AM
Gavin Heggs

Getting into Blogging

NSR250 MC28 SE by in-my-viewfinder
I have been boring allot of my friends with regular updates on the goings on in my garage on facebook. More specifically my new Honda NSR250 build. This is all well and good for the few friends that I have who are also enthusiastic about bikes but probably the equivalent to baby pics for everyone else. So I have decided to start a blog so those who are interested can follow and see what I have been up to. These are always useful as a way to learn from others wins and fails along the root to making a motorcycle beautiful again.
If this doesn't prove to time consuming I may well start writing more of these but for the mean time and if you are interested you can read Project NSR yourself and maybe follow that to as well as my photography on here.

Getting competitive

For a change, rather than just pumping images out and sharing them on here, I have decided to enter some photo contests. This isn't something I would have done before as I hadn't thought I would stand a chance but now I am just going for it with a "what do I have to lose" attitude. I know my images are up to an okay standard and I have been lucky enough to get some fairly unique stuff so I'm hoping that will give me the edge, making up for my lack of time behind the camera.
Heading home by in-my-viewfinder
I intend to submit this image into the RAF photography contest general category. I'm hoping the new airframe and nice lighting will push this one up there.
Skylining by in-my-viewfinder
Secondly I have submitted this image into the Motorcycle Direct Summer photo competition. It isn't exactly a tough crowd so this image could do quite well. This is where you can help me out!
If you are a facebook member you can click this link and hit like on this photograph. It should be fairly painless and you are welcome to cash in the favor when you get a similar contest. Many thanks in advance :D

Did I forget to mention something?

Some of you may have noticed that a new lens has crept into my kit bag a bit like the eight legged creatures I have been photographing with it.
Everyone say hello to the Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO. As I have had this for a bit over a month now I can say that I am very happy with it! It is a big improvement over the Nikon 35-70mm f2.8's micro mode with a far better reproduction ratio of 1:1 (over 1:4 on the Nikkor) and allot more working distance.
Frustratingly I don't have any CR123 batteries at the moment so I cannot use the SB-R1 speedlight kit that is designed for it! A hand held SB800 is sufficing for now but I am very much looking forward to making the most of this lens.
I have always admired microphotgraphy from afar so am very excited to be delving into this area.
This is another good opportunity to thank everyone who has been supporting me with :+fav:s and complementary comments. You are all so very generous and i wish I could thank you all individually but time and dA's spam restrictions make that somewhat prohibitive. So thank you. Your messages and this community as a whole is what keeps dA great!
Oh I just had a look for on older Chinook image that I wanted to have a go at editing and spotted a folder full of good stuff I haven't shared. So its not all bugs and beetles coming up!

Osprey over the UK?

I was walking the dog and choaking on a fly at the time so forgive me if this is utter rubbish but I think I spotted a V22 Osprey flying into Conningsby at about 2000hrs last night.
I didn't know there were any of these in the UK and wondered if anyone else new what this deployment was for.
Just a quick note to share what I know. I'd best go to work now. I'll write something more meaningful another day

My loss is eBays gain

Praktica MTL5 by in-my-viewfinder
Another big day of eBaying seem the old Nikon F90xNikon F80, a Manfrotto tripod and the entire Praktica kit going on sale.
There is also another large Praktica EE2 kit and a Canon AE-1 Program with 50mm f1.8 lens.
Photographing all of this kit was fun, making the most of the new Nikon 50mm Af-D f1.4 that has arrived to take the place of the outgoing Nikkor 50mm f1.8 AF-D is on Ebay (auction finishes tomorrow) although I didn't get to go crazy with that huge aperture as dreamy, soft photographs don't really work on adverts.
There is a roll of film still in the F80 so I have been snapping them off when I get the chance. I'm going to miss those on demand grid lines and that super quiet shutter. Oh well at least I get a nice wide 50 to play with in its place :) 
Goodbye Nifty Fifty

Lens detail Nikkor 50mm f1.8 AF-D by in-my-viewfinder
Just a quick update to let you know my Nikkor 50mm f1.8 AF-D is on Ebay. I need the money for a new piece of kit so this and some others will have to go.
I will share links to them when I get them on auction but suffice to say there will be a few nice bits of camera equipment going on sale soon!.

Some help for new visitors

:wave: Hello and welcome to my Deviant art account and gallery.
If you are new to Deviant art then here are some pointers to help you get started:
:bulletblue: you are on my home page, welcome! Here you can read my journal, leave a note and see my latest work.
:bulletblue: the tabs above will allow you to access my gallery and prints
:bulletblue: In my gallery you will see a selection of my most popular photographs
:bulletblue: Down the left column of the gallery you will find folders with even more art in that specific categories.
:bulletblue: Prints are available for allot of my art but if you see a picture you like that isn't available then send me a note.
:bulletblue: I do have alternative suppliers of prints so again if you don't quite see what you are after then let me know.

:spotlight-left: Is there a piece of art you have in mind? Message me for commissions. :spotlight-right:

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Untitled by lisans

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Fall Cat by nightrose0087

Kiowa War Horse by HansProppe

.: Angelus :. by sideshowsito

X-Muppets by Rahzzah


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I am the administrator for Everything-Nikon were you can post high quality works of photographic art and get useful advice on the ever so complicated Nikon cameras and accessories. Please, if you own a Nikon camera do join. Monthly news letters, with the latest Nikon kit, tutorials and more as well as some fantastic woks in our galleries are well worth the visit.


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Gavin Heggs
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United Kingdom
I am a photographer that will shoot a wide range of subject matters. I work in the aviation trade and as such this features allot in my art. I also capture a great deal of architecture, portraiture, sport and rural/city landscapes.
I live in Great Britain and get the opportunity to shoot some fantastic subjects throughout the world. I have met many wonderful people and enjoy trying to capture their personality in every portrait I have taken.
If you are interested in any of these photographs or have an interest in a commission of your own, then please do contact me for a quote.

Best close up lens (for the money) for Nikon DSLR's 

1 deviant said Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF-D
1 deviant said Nikon 105mm f/2.8G AF-S IF-ED VR Micro
1 deviant said Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP AF Di Macro
No deviants said Nikon 60mm f/2.8G AF-S ED Micro
No deviants said Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX ED VR Micro
No deviants said Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG
No deviants said Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro


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roon1305 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014

merci pour le fav"'""''"'
Eating Worms 

ma galerie…

in-my-viewfinder Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no problems pall :)
Net-Wanderer Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
I somehow pass by your page a while ago (I can't remember where XP). It's a really nice gallery you have and I can feel the times, like what it was like in capturing those shots. It's must had been epic :)

But hey, perhaps try leaning at an angle where it takes in most of the object and also capture the 3D space of it, like any viewers seeing it could feel what you feel in being there. You might have an even breath-taking result.

Really loved seeing the photos. Will hope to see more and will visit again another time! :D
in-my-viewfinder Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Working angles in can really bring the drama out of an image. It can also look crap so you have to be very careful! I have many such images on my hard drive that I was not happy with but every so often they are right like the first three examples below.
I'm not sure what you mean by 3D though. Unless you mean by using the background to add depth like the last three examples.
Thanks for all the advice. I'm glad you have enjoyed the experience of looking at my photographs. The experience of shooting them was pretty awesome to!
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Net-Wanderer Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Yeah I agree though photos from an angle can rarely look bad in comparison to one direct surface. Unless you have an object that blends into the background for a direct 2D shot, I think that's the reason it looks fitting. The one I personally thought describes it is your "Helo hops the Hoover" and the one sided photo that blends into the background is your "Sleeping Hornet"... (I like "Marooned" too).

In your "Skyliner" photo, imo because the bike has some of the best details but kept so small in the photo, it's overwhelmed by the background's emptiness, and the overall result made me feel less content that there's things missing. It's captured similarly to the "Sleeping Hornet" with a setting sun and pretty much to the horizon as well, but except in that pic, you get to see that intricate outline of the plane and emphasizes the contrast between its detail and the vast background much more.

"Helo hops the Hoover"'s a neat one and can be seen through the response of your viewers. It shows an object as "active" through its angle and a standing background set behind it as a destination and waiting for its arrival. On the other hand, looking at the photo, I could feel I'm on a copter and seeing the other lift off, and with the perspective, I think its what generates that 3D feel of being in there. (And yeah, almost like your "Carry me Home" or "Cheary Wave goodbye" (That one made me feel kind of sad :().

But that's what I think and what I meant in 3D, and I guess 2D would be like flat against the horizon.

And yup, I can feel it, so I wished to comment :D Perhaps it might give the photos a further burst, I don't know :)
in-my-viewfinder Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I will be looking into this more as it is interesting and something I enjoy when it goes well.
Currently, with regards to my more traditional subjective work, I am working on lighting techniques.
This image below (intended for facebook) shows what a quick fiddle woith setting can give you with a camera mounted flash. Nothing to creative but I hope it shows the direction and emphasis I am going for.
I have a plan for this bike (my lovely new NSR250 MC28 SE) using a similar technique with multiple off camera strobes. I have the kit and location readly. All I need is the time and opportunity.
Side rear 13,6,14 by in-my-viewfinder  
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Tempest-vampire Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Thanks for the fav :)
in-my-viewfinder Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
No problems :)
Tempest-vampire Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
IRphotogirl Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Photographer
Thank you again for the unexpected compliment you provided me with when assuming my infrared self-portrait ("Untitled") had been edited/overedited to look this very one way -I replied to you in the group btw, cheers :)
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