My New Portfolio is Online
My new portfolio is online. Some of you discovered it added to the main menu this week while I was working on the site, but here’s the official announcement if you haven’t checked it out yet. It’s been an interesting challenge that I wanted to resolve for months. All I wanted was a way to show larger versions of my images in the portfolio. For a while, I thought I’d be able to do that with the Immense theme from Graph Paper Press.
Sadly, my photos looked absolutely horrible using that theme. Other folks had the same complaint. I questioned support, they gave me code that purported to fix the problem. It didn’t. Even if it did, the next update of the software would overwrite the specific code that was supposed to make your photos “not suck.” A few days ago, I tried to sign into their site to download the latest version of the theme to see if it worked any better, but I couldn’t. My payment of $99 apparently was only good for a year and my account expired. When I inquired, I was told I’d have to sign up for another year. Having spent $99 for something that never looked good in the first place, I didn’t feel like repeating the same process in the hope that it wouldn’t suck.
Fortunately, I found a better alternative. I chose Gleam from Elegant Themes. The front page looks like the screenshot above. Just mouse over the center logo and the menu appears beneath it. Once you select a category, it loads quickly and displays large images to view.
It doesn’t have every image I’ve ever taken, but that’s not the point of a portfolio. The images, perhaps even the categories, will change from time to time. Elegant Themes did a wonderful job with Gleam to make it easy to implement and maintain. It’s simple, easy and just what I wanted. So, now my new portfolio is online. Please take a look.
Capitol ReconstructionGo to any major city in the world and you’ll find they all have one thing in common. They are perpetually under construction. The same is true of the great buildings and works of architecture in the world. During my visit to the U.S. Capitol, I found this room undergoing renovation and reconstruction.
Damn if I even know which room it is. My guide told me we could go anywhere if the doors were unlocked and free of signs prohibiting access. We came up to this room and she gave the doorknob a jiggle. It opened, so we went inside and just admired the room while folks worked on it. I loved the features. Columns, balconies, arches, paintings and a big damn chandelier. I spent some time shooting a few different angles and then we left.
After we got outside, a man with a stern expression followed us out and made a very purposeful display of locking the door. Hey, too bad for him that he didn’t think of doing that before we got there. Not that there was anything secret happening inside. Some folks just discriminate against photographers. Maybe that’s an attitude that also needs renovation.