Hello & Welcome

Thank you for visiting my space on the web. I decided to refocus my web activity to share with you my journey of photography! I hope you’ll love this site as much as I do!

The main focus will be on publishing my daily photos taken as part of Project 365. The photos will be published as daily galleries that are contained in monthly albums. The twelve albums for a year will be collected under a larger albums named Project 365 (20xx). In addition to the Project 365 photos, I will occasionally add other albums that are the result of other photo opportunities that occurred.

Over the first two years, since getting back into photography, I have posted a number of articles about equipment, workflow, and photography. I have transferred these articles to this new layout. This will ensure that more popular pages are still accessible via internet search engines.

What Is It With The Home Page?

In the past, before having decided to change my emphasis of the site to be mostly about photography, the next step was to find a new website theme that focuses mostly on my photographs. After much searching and trying out a number of themes that were classified to be for photographers, I choose Photocrati.

I just fell in love with it. The home page’s background was a slideshow that greets the visitors and showcases some of my landscape pictures. Yes, there is a tiny menu box that provides access to the various pages, such as the blog and albums, but the rest is all about photographs. I do recognize that the downfall of this approach is that first-time visitors may not see the latest blog posting. I don’t mind as I really want to concentrate more on the photographs and visitors that care will most likely check out the albums and blog pages.

Sadly after 4 years, the theme no longer worked within any article or posting to show individual photos or albums. I tried to work with the developer of Photocrati and Photonic. Photonic is the plugin that allows me to use my Flickr photos. The issue is the change by WordPress to switch to the Gutenberg editor instead of using the current classic editor. The bottom line is that each developer accuses the other of being the source of the problem.

I decided to switch to a new theme for two reasons, the first being, after all those years using the Photonic theme it was time to change, and second, maybe instead of having the slideshow of the photos in the background, why not in the front?

After a long search I found the Orvis theme. Together with the Smart Slider and Photonic plugins, I got what I was after. The new setup shows a regular page with a widget area for recent posts, etc. on the right side and a content area from the left edge to the widget area, which provides two-thirds of screen space. The slideshow will now be in the content area. Yes, it is smaller than the old background slideshow, however, the new slideshow can be switched to a full screen mode, which provides a clearer and sharper image of the photos! Enough of the semi-technical stuff, on with what the photos are all about!

The landscape photos shown on the home page were taken during my business travels between 2000 and 2004. All but one were taken with my Sony DSC-F505V. The exception being the Sun Rise photo taken with my daughter’s Canon EOS 10D and Indian Summer Leaves photo was taken with the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3, which replaced my Sony in late 2004. The New Bay Bridge photo was taken with the Sony SLT-77.

The photos are landscape of:

  • Riddagshausen – a nature reserve in the Lower Saxon city of Braunschweig (Brunswick), Germany. It lies in the east of Brunswick and contains the old pond area, an eastern portion of the valley in the district of Riddagshausen, part of the south adjoining Buchenhorst, a wooded area, as well as areas south of Riddagshausen that are under protection.
  • Costa Brava – a coastal region of northeastern Spain, stretching from Blanes, 60 km (37 mi) northeast of Barcelona, to the French border.
  • Reykjanesskagi – a southern Peninsula situated at the southwestern end of Iceland, near the capital of Reykjavík. The peninsula is marked by active volcanism under its surface, and large lava fields, allowing little vegetation.
  • Mount Fuji – the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft) located on Honshu Island. Mount Fuji lies about 100 kilometers (60 mi) south-west of Tokyo, and can be seen from there on a clear day. The lake in the foreground is Ashinoko.
  • Mont Blanc or Monte Bianco both meaning “White Mountain”, is the highest mountain in the Alps and the highest peak in Europe outside of the Caucasus range. It rises 4,810 m (15,781 ft) above sea level and is ranked 11th in the world in topographic prominence
  • Lynedoch – a hamlet in Norfolk County in the Canadian province of Ontario. The photo was taken during the first day of snow in 2003. Lynedoch is located northwest of Pine Grove, southwest of Delhi, and west of Simcoe.
  • Bobcaygeon – a community on the Trent-Severn Waterway in the City of Kawartha Lakes, east-central Ontario, Canada. The photo was taken during the Indian Summer of 2004.
  • Shepperton – a suburban town/village in the borough of Spelthorne, Surrey in the former historic county of Middlesex in England, 15 miles (24 km) south west of Charing Cross, London, bounded by the Thames to the south and in the north-west bisected by the M3 motorway.
  • Spessart – a Mittelgebirge, a range of low wooded mountains, in the States of Bavaria and Hesse in Germany. It is bordered by the Vogelsberg, Rhön, and Odenwald. This photo was taken in the Main area of the Spessart.
  • Lake Geneva – (French: Lac Léman, German: Genfersee) is a lake on the north side of the Alps, shared between Switzerland and France. It is one of the largest lakes in Western Europe and the largest on the course of the Rhone. This sunrise over the French side was taken from the World Trade Organization’s park in Geneva.

Last but not least, there is the photo that provides the background to all posts and pages. It was taken on 9 January 2014 from Ferry Plaza and Pier 7 in San Francisco and shows the Bay Bridge’s Western Span with the LED light display being in action. Enjoy!