I hope you like the re-invented website
Originally posted July 07, 2014
At the end of the day, Lincoln’s Randy Hampton has probably taught me more about taking and processing photos than anyone. For years Randy was the chief photographer for the then-Lincoln Journal before deciding to go out on his own. One of the things that fascinates me about Randy is his truly life-long involvement and fascination with picture-taking. I’ve always been interested in photography, but like with a lot of things, I can kind of blow hot or cold on it. For example, I had a tough time finding the excitement in photography after returning from last year’s trip to Africa. Coming back to photographing Nebraska after shooting 6K frames in a week in the African bush, of some of the most exotic animals God put on this earth, was what I imagine it would be like for a sailor who had recently cruised the South Pacific to return to sailing Branched Oak Lake. That’s not a put-down – just a simple statement of fact.
But Randy has told me that the key to becoming and remaining a competent photographer is to challenge yourself and maintain your interest by never stop growing and developing. In the year since the African journey, I’ve done two things: I’ve worked on expanding and deepening my interest in landscape photography and have most lately taken to photographing aviation on a more organized and active basis. And along with that, we have divided this website into sections: Wildlife, Landscape, and Aviation.
We’ve also eliminated the Welcome section because it was never really necessary and have also pulled the “Artist’s Statement” which I was never quite comfortable with. I’ll admit that photography done well can be art, but don’t really consider myself an “artist.”
Finally, we softened the background color. A couple of years ago, when we first put the site up, I circulated it to some other photographers (including Randy) and asked for comment. To an individual, they all told me the blue background color was all wrong. That it should be white or light grey to better show the photos it backgrounds. Well, blue is my favorite color with yellow a close second, but this time around we have indeed softened the blue, which is probably as close as I’ll get taking their advice.
Let me know what you think, not just of the colors, but of the whole revised site.
And another thing: I would be truly remiss if I did not thank and acknowledge Julie Hulinsky, here in our office, for all the time, effort, and skill she has put into this site overhaul. She has worked tirelessly with the folks at Quick Connect not just to make the changes you can see, but also to initiate some strictly technical tweaks that will allow us to have more direct control over what goes up and comes down, and how, at PhotosRLJ. Thanks, Julie.
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