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« Reply #20 on: November 28, 2008, 07:59:34 PM »
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I love this ....

http://myrvaagnes.com/GWalls/bluehillcrw_0004bl.htm

.... and this ....

http://myrvaagnes.com/GWalls/stainspipecw2estretch2l.htm

I can stare at those like I'm trying to figure out a Rothko.

Might have to get me one of those.  How does one go about ordering the December print o d month?

As an aside my Ctein prints arrived.  Those were the ones offered through the Online Photographer.  I was going to give one of them as an xmas gift but after seeing them I'm keeping them.  They can have them when I'm dead.  My cat has already tried to destroy them twice.
If you go to the "Print of the Month" link on my website, it says to contact me, which can be by LuLa Personal Message or email (see my  "Contact Me" page.

Where are you located? Penguins should be in Antarctica, of course, but I'm not sure of the postal rates to McMurdo Station yet. If you are considering the print as apresent to your cat (to distract him from your Ctein Dye Transfer prints), I can arrange to include some catnip in the package. I am currently charging $5 for shipping in the U.S., and I will determine actual costs to other places (McMurdo, Canada, Tahiti, etc.). I can only accept personal checks at the moment. When business picks up enough I will add credit cards and/or PayPal. Send me an email or PM for more details.

Finally, if you wait a bit I just might make one of the images you mentioned a future Print of the Month. I'm also considering some of the Tar pix, which have been popular.

Thanks for your kind comments.

Eric
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« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2008, 08:01:51 PM »
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Eric,
I very much like the simplicity of your website, to goes directly to the essential, IOW your photos. I must say that your Road Tar gallery is fantastic. I also like a lot the Urban Canyons and Doors photos.

By the way, I browsed your website using an iPhone and navigation works very very well.
Francois:

Thanks for your comments. I do plan to implement as many of the suggestions that have been made here as possible.

Regards,

Eric
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« Reply #22 on: November 28, 2008, 08:03:31 PM »
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A line break above the "site last updated" would probably help as would using a smaller font for that.

Otherwise very nice and spacious.
Mahleu:

Thanks for the suggestion. That, too, is certainly within my powers to implement. It's on the list, real soon now.

Best,

Eric
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« Reply #23 on: November 28, 2008, 08:08:54 PM »
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Fair enough point, Joergen. But a CSS liquid layout would accommodate everyone - iphone, gooseberry, blackberry, chrome, IE, firefox, favourites pane open or closed, toobars enabled or disabled, full screen, widescreen, laptop, designer's huge screen...
Anyway, Eric was very gracious in his reply so I hope my quickly dashed off post was mildly helpful.
Lois,

Since your earlier suggestion I have started looking into CSS and I'm finding it much less daunting than I had expected. My wife's laptop shows the same problems you mentioned, so that gives me motivation to try to do it right. I'm setting a personal target date for January 1 for redoing it with CSS. So your post was indeed very helpful (at least it will prove to have been helpful if I do manage to do the CSS thing.)    

Thanks for the nudge.

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Eric
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« Reply #24 on: November 28, 2008, 08:10:35 PM »
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Tricky to actually view your site without breaking the copyright restriction straight off  

"Images may not be downloaded, copied, linked to, printed or used in any way without written permission from the photographers. All rights reserved"

- you do know the browser automatically downloads the images when you open the page?
Lois (and Blas):

Here's the simple solution to Blas's website. Just close your eyes while viewing and clear the cache immediately after.    

Eric
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« Reply #25 on: November 28, 2008, 08:17:10 PM »
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In addition to all who have posted in this thread, I must also thank Chris_T and the others who have made many helpful posts about usability issues in websites in earlier threads on LuLa. I tried to keep a lot of their ideas in mind while going through this redesign, and I am, of couse, delighted that the results have gotten such good and helpful responses.

So again, thank you all!

And now I've got to get out and do a little photography.

Eric
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« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2008, 03:29:17 AM »
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Since your earlier suggestion I have started looking into CSS and I'm finding it much less daunting than I had expected. My wife's laptop shows the same problems you mentioned, so that gives me motivation to try to do it right. I'm setting a personal target date for January 1 for redoing it with CSS. So your post was indeed very helpful (at least it will prove to have been helpful if I do manage to do the CSS thing.)    

Thanks for the nudge.
You are more than welcome. May I recommend one of my other haunts, The DTP Forum, as an invaluable source of helpful and polite discourse on all things web-related - despite the name, there are several knowledgeable CSS experts there who should be able to help with any CSS problems you might come across.
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« Reply #27 on: December 31, 2008, 02:09:11 PM »
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Well, folks, I'm back again.

I have just uploaded the newest incarnation of my website, and once again I invite comments and critiques (in the high-minded and sensitive way that LuLa members are famous for -- except in certain threads). Thanks to Lois, I have immersed myself in CSS (ouch -- I'd really rather be out photographing, but then, learning PhotoShop was no picnic either), and I think the site works a good bit better now.

I am aware that I have still not implemented a few of the good suggestions I received from you kind people, but I do plan to make more tweaks in the future. Here are some items on my to-do list:

1.   Put links back to the main Galleries page on each individual large image page (perhaps just add the navigation sidebar that now appears everywhere else), as Jeremy suggested.

2.   Let the arrow keys (left, right, and up) navigate between "previous image", "index", and "next image". The problem is that So far I don't know a simple and foolproof way to do that. From what I've heard, the use of the arrow keys is highly browser- and even OS-dependent, which is a bummer.

3.   Eventually I would like to bring my blog page inhouse. Currently it is one blogger.com, and my link to it opens in a new window. But I don't want to build my own blog system right now (I'd really rather be out photographing).

4.   Take a look at the DTP Forum. But only after I've really been out photographing for a bit.


Cheers,

Eric

P.S. Those of you who made suggestions get a free mention on my "Credits and Links" page.

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« Reply #28 on: December 31, 2008, 02:29:54 PM »
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I'll have a look tomorrow morning - desert is waiting for me    . Thanks for keeping us posted.
Happy New Year, Eric!
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« Reply #29 on: December 31, 2008, 02:43:47 PM »
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I'll have a look tomorrow morning - desert is waiting for me    . Thanks for keeping us posted.
Happy New Year, Eric!
Thanks, and a very Happy New year to you, too.

Eric
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« Reply #30 on: January 02, 2009, 08:54:48 AM »
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A big improvement - and sorry I took you away from the camera for so long  

I enjoyed the rock portfolio (both as a graduate geologist and photographer!)

Happy new year.
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« Reply #31 on: January 02, 2009, 05:33:46 PM »
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I think the site works a good bit better now.

I am aware that I have still not implemented a few of the good suggestions I received from you kind people, but I do plan to make more tweaks in the future. Here are some items on my to-do list:

1.   Put links back to the main Galleries page on each individual large image page (perhaps just add the navigation sidebar that now appears everywhere else), as Jeremy suggested.

2.   Let the arrow keys (left, right, and up) navigate between "previous image", "index", and "next image". The problem is that So far I don't know a simple and foolproof way to do that. From what I've heard, the use of the arrow keys is highly browser- and even OS-dependent, which is a bummer.

P.S. Those of you who made suggestions get a free mention on my "Credits and Links" page.
Eric,

I agree that it works better. But...

The navigation sidebar looks horrible! I assume you must work on a much wider monitor than I have on my laptop (a 15" MacBook Pro), because I'm sure you'd agree that a link which looks like this:

[blockquote]Blog
(Opens
in
a
new
window)
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isn't, perhaps, as good as it might be! The other links in that pane don't look particularly good either. There's a lot of wasted white space to the left of the navigation pane, which could be put to better use.

I hadn't realised that navigation using keystrokes was so tricky. It has been fairly widely implemented (SimpleViewer, for example), so it's obviously possible. I've not done any Web programming, so I can't actually help - sorry (my wife reacts in a curious way when she's gardening and I make really helpful suggestions from my lounger: I hope you won't!).

Thanks for the mention on the Credits page - "should" on the third line down in the third paragraph is missing the "o".

Jeremy

(PS: the photographs are as good as ever. I really do like the road tar)
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« Reply #32 on: January 02, 2009, 06:39:30 PM »
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Thank you Lois and Jeremy.

Of course the laptop solution is for you to get one with a 30" screen.    

Actually, it should be fairly easy to fix the navigation bar spacing (and maybe I shuld even fix sum spellings whil i'M at it!). And I will look at the source code on some Simpleviewer sites to see if I can figure how it is done. I hope arrow keys don't require Flash, because I really don't want to go there.

I'm also thinking that my Galleries page looks a bit clunky. I'm thinking of making one page for B&W Galleries and one for Color Galleries. The number of color ones would require some scrolling, but I think most of us can handle a little up-and-down scrolling in moderation. With CSS controlling most formatting now it is pretty easy to make system-wide changes, so I'll probably do some pretty soon (after I do some photographing).

More comments and suggestions are certainly welcome.

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« Reply #33 on: January 03, 2009, 05:23:30 AM »
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Eric,
I agree with Lois above... The redesign is a big improvement. However I suffer from the same issue(s) Jeremy mentionned. On my 30" Cinema Display, it's not problem but it is on an iPhone or a "small" 15.4 MB display.
It's just a minor cosmetic issue... Fix it when weather is too cold!
 
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« Reply #34 on: January 03, 2009, 07:38:46 AM »
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« Reply #35 on: January 03, 2009, 11:08:39 PM »
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Thanks all.

I will have Jeremy's problem (navigation bar) fixed withing a few days.

I also have a fix that uses the arrow keys, but it doesn't work on Internet Exploiter (it does fine on Opera and Firefox), so it needs more research before I put it on the web.

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« Reply #36 on: January 03, 2009, 11:17:12 PM »
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Hi all,

I have just completed a total remake of my own website. My intent is to make it simple, easy to navigate, and reasonably elegant. Oh, yes: and no "flash" required.

Eric,

I have finally taken the time to visit your new site, the images are still great! I am still a major fan of your tar series.

As far as the site goes, I like it overall, but would personnally change the font of the nagivation menus on the left to something else. Times is OK for text, but it feels a bit "default font" for elements such as menus,...

Cheers,
Bernard

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« Reply #37 on: January 04, 2009, 03:37:17 AM »
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Thanks all.

I will have Jeremy's problem (navigation bar) fixed withing a few days.

I also have a fix that uses the arrow keys, but it doesn't work on Internet Exploiter (it does fine on Opera and Firefox), so it needs more research before I put it on the web.

- Eric
Don't forget Safari - there are quite a few Mac users out there (including me) and many of them use Apple's browser (again, FWIW, including me).

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« Reply #38 on: January 04, 2009, 09:17:10 AM »
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I enjoyed the rock portfolio (both as a graduate geologist and photographer!)
I'm also an ex geologist and have photographed many a rock in my time too, so I also appreciate such things too.
I also photograph the ground a lot like Eric does with his Road Tar series, though you don't get tar patterns like that here.

My initial thought on site are underlined links in blue and purple for visited links - yuck. As you are using CSS you just need to edit basic page propeties to alter the default behaviour, which is what you currently have. And as your images are not that big, why does the main navigation vanish when in a gallery? It may be better for consistency to keep main navigation, unless you want a cleaner page for the images. Even then a little bit of basic and subtle navigation at bottom would save a lot of hopping back and fore.
The main problem is that the image sizing is wrong and the images look like they are being viewed at 200% and aren't too sharp as a result, which is a shame as the photos look promising. It actually looks like the bigger shots are the thumbnails enlarged.
You need to resize images to the specific size needed in PS/LR etc [and don't forget to add appropriate sharpening when resizing]. Size to a specific pixel width, dpi is completely irrelevant for screen display as a 300 dpi 200x400px image is exactly the same as a 72dpi 200x400px image on screen.
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« Reply #39 on: January 17, 2009, 11:09:02 PM »
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OK everybody on the Web Design Advisory Board: I've tried to deal with most of the suggestions you have all made, so I'd be delighted if some of you could take another quick look and see if I have improved it or broken everything. Here are some of the main changes (if they work):

1.   There is more space for the navigation bar, so it won't get so cramped on smaller screens.

2.   I have resized the original images, which now have an 800 px max width. That may be too big for some small screens (but I like to see them that size on my desktop), so I'm considering making a second set of gallery pages with a 450 px max width. If so, where do I put the option to switch sizes -- at the bottom of every navigation panel perhaps?

3.   Navigation panel now appears on every page (CSS does make a lot of things easier!)

4.   The navigation font is nicer (I think), and the link to "this page" is now boldface instead of sporting the fake arrow (>>).

5.   Special for Jeremy: The arrow keys now should work to go through a gallery: right arrow is "next", left arrow is "prev", and up arrow takes you back to the gallery index page. But you can also navigate to any of the main pages from any page, because of the navigation panel.

6.   I now have Safari, too, as one of my five browsers, and it seems to work there too (at least on Vista). The price was right for Safari, but I'm not about to invest in a Mac just to check on how it works there. Maybe Bernard can tell me of any Mac problems he sees.

Chris_T has suggested that having thumbnails show on the same page as the main image is preferred by many. I am open to suggestions about the desirability of doing it that way. My initial thought was that while looking at one image, I don't want to be distracted by having thumbnails nearby. If there is much sentiment in favor of doing them on the same page, I'll switch. But I think I'll wait a while before making many more changes.

Again, thanks to all who have made suggestions.

Regards,

Eric
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