Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Vancouver Olympics

The Vancouver 2010 Olympics are just around the corner in that it will be starting this weekend but also in that it physically was just around the corner from my home in the way of the Olympic Torch Relay. I was asked by a fellow photographer to help him capture images of the first relay runner to start running in Tsawwassen. I had already planned to capture some of the moments and had planned on being at the run today already so it was easy.
 _MG_6545Lighting the Torch

After getting all my gear ready, checked it twice and setup the cameras, I headed to the start line. I had already planned my day and parked my car strategically so that after the start I could get back in the car and drive to another location where the relay would go by a second time.

CleoAn Olympic Fan “Cleo”

Here are a few of the photos which I have posted in the Olympics Album also. I will post more later today and will post photos from other events in the next two weeks.

_MG_6663 Canada waiting for the Torch carrier

I did also get to hold the torch today. That was kinda cool! My Olympic moment as it were!

_MG_6686Me with the Torch (Photo GordK) 

The sun was shinning, it was about 12 to 14 degrees Celsius. No snow on the mountains but we had snow on the street. One local merchant trucked in some snow to line their sidewalk and parking area to give it that winter look. Nothing like the storms back east.

More Olympic moments and photo to come.

© 2010 François Cleroux

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Web Template Update

I have updated the FLOWERS Photo Album template and resized it to better fit monitors with 1024x768 resolution. I have also added the EyesOnPhoto logo on the top. On my monitor it looks rather small and so I am wondering how many people out there still use 1024x768 resolution and should I worry about them?


Note that the people that count when you are after ‘exposure’ are the Art Directors and other graphics people and web developers. All of these individuals will be using greater than 1024x768 resolution.

On the other hand if you want to sell to the average viewer is the 1024 resolution a must? Ummmm… Any thoughts?

© 2010 François Cleroux

(Version 1.00 - February 2010)

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Updated Albums

Time always changes everything. A while back I worked with some nice Lightroom 2 Web Templates and thought I had found what I was looking for. There is a plethora of Free and Commercial templates available and, free or paid for, there are good ones and bad ones.

After working with several different templates including the built in ones I was having problems with one thing or another or having difficulties adapting the template to my workflow. After doing some research I tried a paid template thinking it would be much better but alas, no, it was not to be.

Some more reading and research and voila! I have found a great Template/Site Package that is very adaptable and the visuals are very nice. I have updated the Albums Links on this page to this new template. Please check them out.


I have added some photos but most of these are un-edited and in some cases not the right ones but you will get to see some new photos in all categories.

Now that I have found the right template and the ‘basic’ workings have created and posted, I will now need to go through my images to decide which to post. I will also need to add Titles and Descriptions to each of the chosen images. These Titles, Captions and some Meta Data will appear in the Album.

This new package will allow me to create a more complete package with both Albums and Galleries. This will allow me to create different sections within each album. ie. I can break up the Birds album in Raptors and other varieties.

This package will also allow me to add customer feedback screens, contact information and other ‘Photographer’ specific pages. So far I have been impressed with the package, the price (yes it’s a commercial template) and the Manuals. Note that the manuals however are not aimed at beginners that have never created any sort of web page before.

Having said that, the trial and error method works very well. To get on the web with this type of template you will need a Domain Name, a Web Site Hosting company, Access via FTP to HTTPS with your Name and Password. You will need to understand these principles and understand Directory Structures.

I will reveal the name of this package shortly, keep an eye out!

© 2010 François Cleroux

(Version 1.00 - February 2010)

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