Archive for November, 2007

29
Nov
07

Another pdf gallery

This one uses slightly smaller images, comparable to the previous small version, but the layout is modified a bit to make a better fit.

Here it is

28
Nov
07

Ansel Adams – 400 photographs

I just received my copy of this fine book that I ordered from Amazon ages ago. It seems like Amazon has its own sail driven cargo ship for overseas orders.

Anyway, I started to flip through the first pages, looking at the pictures that are organized in chronological order, it is obvious to me that the early ones from the 20s doesn’t exactly blow me away, but once I got into the 30s things began to look better.

The first picture that made me stop was “Leaves Mills College”. It’s difficult to to put it into words, but I feel like everything relevant is inside the frame. It’s like I am drawn into the picture and the world ends outside the frame. For this kind of picture, with a lot of details, it is ok, there is a plenty to study within that frame.

I’ll probably make more comments as I go through the book, but as I said, this was the first one that made me stop.

28
Nov
07

Another image

I was out shooting a bit during lunch today. After a week or two without much photographing, it was obvious that I struggled. I must start to force myself out to get into the flow again. Anyway, here is the most promoising result from todays shoot.

27
Nov
07

Too large pdf means slow to download

Doug commented on the previous post that the pdf was a bit slow to load. Since I have a very fast connection I don’t see that myself, but as I wrote in the previous post, it is nearly 2Mb, and the jpg compression is as low as it can be. Just to try the options, I have created additional pdf’s. Two more using medium and high compression and one with smaller image size and medium compression. The highest compression is useless in my oppinion, but the medium compression is ok. The compromize to reduce image size is also acceptable.

Have a look and decide for yourself.

Considering the implications with download size, I think maybe a dual solution may be a good one. Keep the web galleries like they are now, maybe with slightly smaller images to make it snappier and more friendly to small screen sizes, and to offer the high quality pdf files for those who are ready to wait for it.

Thinking of it, if the galleries are large (many pictures), the pdf will become huge. That is a good reason not to rely on pdf as the only mean of presenting pictures on the web.

25
Nov
07

Finally something to show

So far it has been only talk, so I decided to show a pdf sample. Since I am a strong believer in simplicity when it comes to layout and presentation of images, there is nothing fancy.

This pdf is saved with the jpg quality to maximum. The file is quite large, and I’m not really sure if I should turn the compression up a notch or two to reduce file size.

Anyway, here is the pdf file.

If you just click it on a windows computer it will show up in your browser window (given that you have Acrobat Reader installed). If you click it on a Mac, it will insist on saving it an viewing it in Preview, which is a bit of a pain. For best viewing experience on both platforms, right click the link and savethe pdf before you open it with a recent version of Acrobat Reader. It is also best to let it open a full screen session.

25
Nov
07

I’ve been playing with pdf

Since I haven’t found the motivation to do much shooting lately, I have spend some time playing around with pdf presentation of images. The attempt was triggered by the Lenswork Extended I received some days ago, and I must say I am impressed. It gives so much more control of the presentation than any web based gallery I have seen so far. The pdf adapts to different screen sizes in a very good way. I will probably start to use pdf much more on my web site in the future.

All this testing was done while I prepared the pictures from our honeymoon trip to be shown to our family. But then I thought, why not create the slide show on an ordinary dvd. That would be something even my mother could use without any help. A quick scan through the program folder, adn I found iDVD. 1 hour later I had a slide show running on my TV. Very nice.

23
Nov
07

Too little daylight

This is the toughest time of year here in Norway, at least I think it is. There is hardly any daylight, and still no snow to help reflect the little light there is. This alway affect my productivity. I just can’t get around to all the things I normally manage to do. It usually helps around x-mas when I’m better adjusted to the darkness.

The main effect is that I never find the time to get out and photograph. Night photography in the woods at this time of year isn’t very realistic, so I will have to go down town, but how nice it is to just go home for dinner.

What I have managed to do is to learn a thing or two about presenting galleries as pdf. I didn’t think much of it until I got the x-mas catalog from Lenswork, which also contained the previous issue of lenswork extended. I was blown away by how nice looked and how smooth it was presented compared to web galleries. So far I have made a gallery of our honeymoon pictures, which I don’t intend to make public, but I guess I will reorganize my web page to use a bit more pdf presentations.

Oh, if you know me, and want to look at the pictures from Mauritius, drop me an email, and I’ll give you a download link and a password.




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