As you may have noticed, I have been fortunate enough to attend the Belgian Classic TT 2014 taking place on the Gedinne circuit. It was a fantastic event to watch and be part of.
I have not been to a classic race before and it was a pleasure to see these guys really pushing these old bikes. It really isn't just a long parade they are going some!.
I managed to get a few (read 460 + film) photographs taken and am pleased to share some of them on here. I hope you enjoy them to.
Just found out that The only two flying Avro Lancasters PA474 & the visiting FM213 will be joined by the only flying Avro Vulcan XH558 at RAF waddington for a static display at RAF Waddington, viewable from the WAVE.
This has just been announced on the RAF.mod website
The Vulcan to the sky project facebook page has this statement on it
"For those that can't access the link...
We are thrilled to announce that on Thursday 21st August 2014 the last two remaining airworthy Lancaster bombers, PA474 flown by Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and FM213 flown by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will fly in to RAF Waddington where they will be joined by the famous delta wing Vulcan Bomber XH558.
Accompanying the line up will be two Hawk aircraft flown by 100 Squadron from RAF Leeming.
We know that there will be considerable interest in this therefore the Station will be providing parking on the base for members of the public who wish to see this exciting line up from the safety of a Park and View Enclosure (PAVE).
For all you aircraft enthusiasts out there this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these iconic aircraft all together so it is our intention to position the three historical aircraft in such a way on the airfield that people using the PAVE facility will have a vantage point from which to take photographs. The aircraft will then depart RAF Waddington to display at various events around the country."
I think you will; agree. A very exciting opportunity indeed! No mention of XM607 is going to be dragged into join the party. It would be a shame for her to miss out.
I started using deviant art a couple of years after it started as fraggingfreek
. At the time I had interests in winamp and wine skins with deviant art being a big part of the skinning community. A few years later I returned to Da to start sharing some of the photographs I had been taking with my Orange SPV100 camera phone. There were people out there who liked my motorcycle photography and this spurred me on to buy my first proper camera, a fuji S5500. With this I learned the basics of using a camera, how light worked and composition.
With ever increasing good feedback I upgraded to my first DSLR a Sony Alpha 200. I only owned this camera briefly as it had a faulty usb port so I sent that back and bought a second hand Nikon D200 shortly followed by a Nikkor 50mm f1.8 AF-D. This was joined by some other cheep glass including the bargain 35-70mm f2.8 AF-D used to capture the rally photograph above and the Zeneta 16mm fish eye I still use today.
As Deviant art has grown, I have grown with it. I constantly take inspirataion from looking at other deviants work. I used to browse the recent and popular images, then as I collected friends on here I enjoyed their work cramming my inbox every time I logged in. This then became more organised with individual folders for each deviant and the group system came in for more focused browsing.
Groups were arround a long time before the group system. Back then we had deviant users set up as clubs where people could send in their art and have it published again. Double the coverage as well as having your art featured with some of the best art offered within that clubs interest. That is how Everything-Nikon
was born and it still lives on now some 6 years later with near 10,000 members. Still I draw massive inspiration from looking at art and talking to the artists on our or other groups. Although the group system does divide us into our own little parts of dA, we are stronger for it and better at finding and celebrating the best of what we do.
14 years in now and I still can't think of a better place to share my art. Where else is there a community who can join you on your level to enjoy these images as well as offer good critique and friendly advice?
I think the only thing I am sad about is that there is no 14th birthday t-shirt (I have my 10th birthday one on though just for you) .
As I continue to potter through life, camera in hand and said camera gets more and more toys, bells and whistles. I will continue to share its images on here and enjoy the work of others as I do so.
Thank you deviant art and happy birthday.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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:
you are on my home page, welcome! Here you can read my journal, leave a note and see my latest work.
the tabs above will allow you to access my gallery and prints
In my gallery you will see a selection of my most popular photographs
Down the left column of the gallery you will find folders with even more art in that specific categories.
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.
I do have alternative suppliers of prints so again if you don't quite see what you are after then let me know.
Is there a piece of art you have in mind? Message me for commissions.
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