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.
I have had allot of interest in the Belgium Classic TT photographs both from Deviant art members and on facebook and would like to say a big thank you for everyone's interest and support.
I will try and find more groups to better share them as I don't think they are quite finding all of their audience but Facebook has been helpful for this so far, as the networking nature of it means that the images are finding Classic bike enthusiasts there to as well as some of the riders.
I would also like to pass a thank you onto Deviant art for featuring one of my photographs photographs A welcome visitor
in one of their tweets on their twitter account. It was linked to the Everything-Nikon
group which I hadn't spotted till today. Getting shared to 15k fresh faces is a pretty nice thing to do so thank you dA
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.
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