18 | May
"Mayday!, Mayday!"
General: 4:48 PM on 5/11/05 | Canon 300D
Technical: 1/250sec | f/10.0 | 18mm (29mm) | ISO-100
Exposure Mode: Av (Aperture Priority)
Exposure Bias: -2/3
Flash: No
General: 4:48 PM on 5/11/05 | Canon 300D
Technical: 1/200 sec | f/10.0 | 18mm (29mm) | ISO-100
Exposure Mode: Av (Aperture Priority)
Exposure Bias: -2/3
Flash: No

My apologies for the late post. It's 7am and I've been up all night finishing the themes that you have probably already noticed. I didn't think it would take me quite that long, but the CSS has to be sorted, and assigned, etc, etc. The code is actually relatively simple, especially since I used my existing code. I also had to actually write the two extra themes, which is harder than it sounds...especially for a perfectionist. ;)

A bit about the themes (you can skip down to the photo description if you're already bored): The switcher is over on the left side under my slighly altered logo (caps removed, etc). The first theme is a more contrasted version of the previous styles, with the most noticable difference being the white border around the images (contrasted with the new 100% black background). This is my favorite theme as it highlights the lighter ares of the image while still providing a black backdrop for the image. I really would like to know what you think of it, as it doesn't seem to be a common style. I quite like it (which is why it's the default theme...for now), but I don't know if there is something I'm missing, or what...

There's a bunch of other little changes but it's fairly similar. The middle theme is exactly what the site used to be. And the third theme is made up of ligher shades. I'm not that crazy about it, but I figure some photos look best in it. Plus I'm realizing that most of my images are dark, so I need to start shooting lighter stuff as well.

The Photos:
The photos speak for themselves, all except to say that these are the main reason why I wanted to release the theme today and not tomorrow: these look much better on either the first or third theme as the white borders really compliment the colors and brightness of these images. The title should be obvious (at least for the first shot). I think I did a better job of postprocessing the second photo, but just a slight difference. Shot outside of Arizona Mills (mall).

Sorry for the long post.

Note: These new themes inevitabley have bugs in them, so I would really appreciate it if you would (in addition to your opinion, let me know right away so I can fix them). Just let me sleep for a couple of hours first...

categories: architecture

Thoughts of: yungyaw
May 18th, 2005 at 9:36 AM

Congratulation on having the new theme up. It is nice! Like your default theme too.

This is an interesting structure. What actually is this thing? Nicely composed.

Thoughts of: Ed Little, Jr.
May 18th, 2005 at 9:57 AM

I so miss the Arizona sky...nicely composed.

Thoughts of: David H-W
May 18th, 2005 at 10:08 AM

Couple of strong shots here and great colour contrast. Site redesign is good too; simpler and does allow for the user to choose their favourite backdrop - good work, even if it did take all night!

Thoughts of: jyoseph
May 18th, 2005 at 10:20 AM

Dude you have talent coming out of every pore! Really nice work!!

Get some sleep!

Thoughts of: Philip
May 18th, 2005 at 10:29 AM

Great pics, i love the blue sky...

im not sure i understand how the title has to do with the pic though. :)

about the new design, i cant find the links to change the theme?

Thoughts of: Nik
May 18th, 2005 at 10:41 AM

I absolutely love the BRIGHT BLUE SKY! and nice work on the themes, I like the third one a lot, but I still think that the default is my favorite. Good work!

Thoughts of: Brandon
May 18th, 2005 at 10:45 AM

WoW. I like the compisition of the bottom picture. This would look awesome framed hanging in an office.

Thoughts of: patrick
May 18th, 2005 at 11:15 AM

perfect exposure on both shots! very cool! the themes work great btw. and you're absolutely right about the white border!

Thoughts of: Darren
May 18th, 2005 at 11:23 AM

Fantastic, Ryan. Strong composition and those colors are brilliant. I like the site's new themes, too.

Thoughts of: Jasmin
May 18th, 2005 at 11:54 AM

Wow, very graphic and catchy. I like them. Thanks for the themes - switching colours to find the perfect complement is fun.

Thoughts of: Mark
May 18th, 2005 at 12:28 PM

I like the themes! Not sure which I like best.

As for the photos, great colors and composition. I think I like the first one better. . .

Thoughts of: daisies
May 18th, 2005 at 1:09 PM

stunning sky really highlighted here but that beautiful warm colour of the structure ... love these! :)

Thoughts of: Ryan
May 18th, 2005 at 4:45 PM

Thanks for all the helpful comments! I think I might make a few minor changes to the default theme, but other than that, it should remain relatively the same.

I apologize to all those using IE (Internet Explorer). I didn't check compatability before I uploaded. For some reason, the absolute positioning in IE is acting up as well as the fact that it won't let me adjust the size of the boxes. If anyone knows a fix for this, please help...otherwize I may have to revert to images (not that big a deal, but more hassle).

If you're using IE SWITCH NOW!! IE is insecure, outdated, and non-complient with web standards (perhaps the most frustrating).

The title refers to the plane that is about to "crash" into the pole...haha

I will post more pictures of the structure tomorrow. I'm not sure if wan to use it as a main image again or just link to it.

Thoughts of: Chet
May 18th, 2005 at 7:06 PM

Beautiful colors.

Thoughts of: paul
May 18th, 2005 at 8:10 PM

awesome ryan, good strong colours, the sky is stunning.

Thoughts of: GKP
May 18th, 2005 at 9:06 PM

Lovely, lovely captures.

Thoughts of: Sidney
May 18th, 2005 at 10:49 PM

Nice structure especially against the blue sky. I am happy I know nothing about codes, themes, CSS, buggs, IE ... at least I can sleep during the night :-)

Thoughts of: PAt
May 19th, 2005 at 12:25 AM

Great shots. What exactly are they?

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