Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Etching Press Design and Construction Info Added to Site

A drawing of my etching press was included in the Registration Method tutorial I wrote up in the Printmaking section of the website and I have had a few people contact me wanting to know more about it.

I have added the first two pages of a five page write-up for this project under the information tab of the main menu on my website.

The first two pages include some background info on the project, the specifications of the press, and a brief outline of my research process for those that may be interested in the work involved and for individuals considering taking on a similar project. Comments and questions can be made at the end of each page and I will do my best to respond and modify/update the write-up as needed.

Pages three and four will contain the drawings and images of the press and construction, page five will contain a list of resources and credits for the project.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Updated Menu for the Blog and Website

Site News:
I've implemented new drop-down menu code for the blog and the website which I hope will make navigation easier for visitors. It relies less on smaller boxes which can be challenging to mouse through with the cursor and adds a larger background field which permits more options than the previous menu. In general this newer menu should allow visitors to quickly access the images and information that interest them most.

Photography News:
Early August of this year I submitted five images for a photo contest at Ridgefield NWR (Friends of Ridgefield) and recently got a call that one of those images placed in their annual contest! I'm not sure what place the image earned but will find out on Oct 10th, 2009 when they are officially announced during the Birdfest and Bluegrass Festival. The images are shown below (click for larger version), image number 5 (Savannah Sparrows on Teazle) is the one that placed in the contest. The placing may be first, second, third, or one of nine honorable mentions.

01) Osprey Chased Out of Red-Tail Territory

02) Robin with Tree Frog for its Fledgling

03) White-Breasted Nuthatch with Food for Nestlings

04) American White Pelican Feeding Circle

05) Savannah Sparrows on Teazle

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Recent Photo Links Added to Sidebar

In the blog sidebar (on the right) I have attached a Recent Photos widget/feature to permit easy access to view images which have been uploaded to my web site within the last 15, 30, and 60 days.

Upon clicking any of the three links a gallery page will open displaying a matrix of thumbnail images and a viewing pane. Depending on the depth of the search there may be multiple pages to look through, navigation is provided above the thumbnails.

For additional convenience, each image is provided with a link located below the viewing pane which opens the gallery it belongs to if you care to see related images posted at an earlier time period.

Additional features in the galleries:
-Image comments
-Photo ranking for images you especially like — or don't like

Thursday, September 10, 2009

New Blog

Introducing the new Polysubstrate Blog.

This blog will allow me to inform visitors of recent updates and changes I've made to my website and announce shows and events related to my work.

New photography subcategories and galleries:

-Composite is a new subcategory I've created which contains a mix of images with related themes. New galleries within this sub-category include:
  • Abstract
  • Black and White
  • Effects, Filters, and Mods (Images more heavily modified with photo editing tools)
-Structure is a new subcategory containing the following galleries:
  • Inclines (structural elements designed to aid in changes in elevation, such as ramps, stairs, trams, elevators, etc.)
  • Monuments
-Machine is a new subcategory containing the following galleries:
  • Vintage Vehicles
  • Maritime Vessels
  • Aircraft
New Galleries:
  • Swallows
  • Towhees
  • Juncos
  • Disconnected (feathers, unidentified, misc.)
  • Osprey
  • Coyotes
  • Elk
  • Meerkats
  • Bighorn Sheep
  • American Bison
  • Skippers
  • Moose
  • Aquatic Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Silver Falls, Oregon
  • The Dalles, Oregon
  • Cannon Beach, Oregon
Existing Galleries (newly added images):

-All Flora Galleries
  • Owls
  • Eagles
  • Egrets
  • Peacocks
  • Foxes
  • Bears
  • Mountain Goats
  • Squirrels
  • Wolves (nice howling image)
  • Chipmunks
  • Butterflies
  • Portland, Oregon