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09 January 2007 @ 11:06 pm
Pictures I Should Do Something With...  
...And other related things I should do.

I should do something will all the pictures I took in Arizona, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, etc. on that trip I took down there, in, uh, 2003? It was May, I stayed in Flagstaff at a friend's house, the scorpionweed were blooming purple in nice contrast to the rocks. If only the light and angles had been better, I didn't time those very well. Either way, I have a ton of pictures from that trip I've never done anything with, including the one I used for this icon.

It was cloudy that day; good for the color on the wildflowers, but bad for those nice sharp contrasts you get out of rocky desert scenes. On the other hand, it gave a nice sense of depth:



The scorpionweed was pretty nice, although the rocks are washed out, it's probably worth it for the extra deep color:



This would have been a spectacular picture earlier in the day with the sun coming from the other direction. As it was, it's just kind of frustratingly close:



The cactus down around Tucson were all a' bloomin':



Canyon de Chelly is definitely one of my favorite places:



A self-portrait (with a good week of scruffy), and a somewhat non-spectacular shot of Spider Rock. No good shadows, and none of that nice color you get around sunset or sunrise:



I'd love to go back someday -- I know I could nail much better versions of these pictures given enough time.

[And no, believe it or not, none of these photos had the gamma, color, or anything else corrected. Just scaled and cropped. This is how my camera captured them, even if Laurel thinks they totally look fake.]

I've been thinking about re-doing my web pages, too. Although I probably won't bother with my actual home page, maybe with my other web page. Now that I'm fairly close to expert in CSS and all that crap. Or should I leave it as be? (I am kind of a fan of the image-centric minimalist design approach.) Any opinions?
 
 
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Laurel Amberdine: orbitalsamberdine on January 10th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
I have been thinking of doing a new web page myself. Maybe one of these would be of interest to you?

http://www.oswd.org/
http://www.openwebdesign.org/
Douglas Triggs: gamedoubt72 on January 10th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I don't plan on doing anything radical, but maybe I'll browse through those. Probably the only significant change would be cleaning up the pagination (on the one page that actually has any) and navigation.
Dustybigmog on January 10th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
You might as well convert your tables into CSS even if you keep the design the same.
Douglas Triggs: bad icondoubt72 on January 10th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
Eh, tables are fine. I think most of the anti-table sentiment is mostly because once upon a time, that was the only way to do layout, and now everybody wants to be different.

Sometimes you're even stuck using tables when you'd really, really rather use a div.

Divs are more useful if you plan on changing your styles all the time or somethiing, but I almost never do, so it barely matters. I don't see any reason to change things to divs just for the sake of change.
asakiyume: far horizonasakiyume on January 10th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
scorpionweed is the purple-blue flower? Very pretty...I'll have to go there sometime....
Douglas Triggs: gardendoubt72 on January 10th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
Yup.

May is a good time to be almost anywhere out west.
Tapestry, aka Timtapestry01 on January 10th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
Monument Valley is amazing. I spent the night there a couple of years ago: http://www.burningclam.com/bm2005/bm0503.html . I'm hoping to make it to Canyon de Chelly one of these days.
Douglas Triggs: garden2doubt72 on January 10th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
It's absolutely worth your time. It's a strange and wonderful place.