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 Post subject: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 18:24 
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Hey folks, ever get bored at work and want something to browse? Well you're in luck, because I'm going to be setting up my spiffing website entitled, "Pete Takes Pictures" this Monday. All going well.

Unless I call it, "Pete Talks Pictures", in which case... yeah. Any alternate names welcome. I'm publishing through Squarespace as it nicely straddles the portfolio and blog layout I'm after, and its templates easy enough for a dullard like me to tinker with. Alas, it does have a fee, but I can stomach it, and I get a domain name out of it among other things. Don't hit me Doc Gaywood, please.

So, you'll be able to find a blog (that I'll actually commit to) and my portfolio there, plus any photo projects on the go and full, unfettered access to a splendid array of US Civil War in the UK pics, with a link to buy the book when I self publish through Blurb later. The blog will not only cover my own photography and fun stuff, but news, reviews, articles and hopefully interviews on other photographers out there who cut the mustard. Plus film reviews, because, y'know, it's me. (I can argue that I'm judging them from a visual cinematopographical-photomographical perspective, or something.) But I'll also be really chuffed if you lot, who are far more web-savvy than I, offer me any advice as to where I'm going wrong - in layout, conciseness, whatever. Plus, if you can tip me off as to how it's looking on your newfangled mobile devices, that'd be cool too.

Main thing is getting the intro right. Man, why is web design so cocking hard?

So, er, yeah - Monday, with luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 18:36 
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Excellent! Looking forward to seeing it, Sir!

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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 18:48 
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Sounds ace!


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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 19:45 
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Sounds good! Also I am now singing 'Pete takes pictures' to the tune of 'Papa loves mambo'. It doesn't really work.


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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 19:47 
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Yeah! Good work sir!

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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 19:49 
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Great stuff, it'll be awesome.

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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
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Good luck with it. Hopefully you'll still post pictures on here as I do enjoy them.


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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:30 
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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:24 
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I have to say that does look like an awesome service. Let us know when we should take a peak...


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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 0:10 
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I approve of this product and/or service.

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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 23:28 
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And it's up! Finally!

http://petetakespictures.com/

Bit rough and ready, gotta work on the intro and stuff. The only existing person on the net who'd used petetakespictures before was for a wordpress blog with a .blogspot.co.uk rider, and hasn't updated since early 2008 with a mere two posts to his name, so feel pretty lucky there. Hope you like. Gotta get my head round a lot of this website malarky first though... and I have a nagging temptation to change the layout.

Tell me what you think anyhow. I'll be asking for advice soon, no doubt.

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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 23:34 
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Yay!


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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 23:38 
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I like it, a lot, content wise.
A couple of formatting things, I'm not sure the square grid layout on the home page does anything for your photos, and it takes a while to load.

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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 23:46 
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Mm, I'm torn. I quite like the grid format because it shows a good variety, and I like the banner. However, there is a big full-screen 'frontrow' option that basically puts a full on photo up big that's tempting, where mouse clicks propel you through. My concern with that one though is that it might play merry hell with my aspect ratios.

Squarespace allows you to switch templates fairly easily at anytime, so I can meddle easily.

http://www.squarespace.com/templates/

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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:01 
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Yay! Only 3 weeks late too. :p


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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 22:38 
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It's just occurred to me that Pete's site is probably the last blog I'll ever add to Google Reader.


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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 23:01 
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That's a great site, Pete.


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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:00 
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Hey folks!

Exciting new content available now up at http://petetakespictures.com - it's the practically complete SOSKAN US Civil War photo project, all online and awaiting your perusal. There's even a dinky intro-essay. It's split into four galleries, in total around 280 photos. I'd rather it was less to be honest, but 'till I distribute the CD's at the next big SOSKAN bash I'm letting everyone have a chance to see their mugs up there.

So, if yer bored pop over and tell me what you think. Any constructive criticism is welcome. Later on I'll be putting captions to some of them.

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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:02 
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Christ on a bike, Pete, you're good. I really hope you start making a load of money from your photography, becuse you bloody well deserve to.

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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:52 
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Looking good Pete.

Had a cursory skim through, but there's loads of excellent stuff up there deserving to be savoured at a more leisurely pace.


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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 20:44 
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Hey Pete,

Your site looks great, will definitely be spending some time going through it all. I can only seem to see the pictures when I access it through Firefox or IE however, when I go in Chrome (my main browser) I can see the header and the options but see no photos at all, not sure if it is just a issue at my end or if it is a wider problem you need to worry about. Just though I should let you know.

Keep up the awesome work

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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 22:29 
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You are a good photographer, Pete. Your site looks brillsticks. The civil war stuff is really lovely. I love the one of the rifleman wearing glasses, it's so crisp and clear while being very atmospheric.


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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 0:29 
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So, after an age of umming and ahhing, I've finally decided on a final look for the website and blog. It's a lot more minimalist now and puts the photos up front and centre. I've switched a fair few of the photos for different ones and tried to keep only my faves up there. I like the new blog layout more too. If anyone's got any thoughts or suggestions, please let me know. I'm pretty sold on this final cut though.

Kern, I've pruned the US Civil War pics down a hell of a lot as I might be trying for an exhibition next year after getting some more material. I've had some of the Third Floor Gallery elders take a look and they think it has potential. They also pointed to a couple of photos I dismissed that they reckon have something. So you'll see some differences and one or two up there that you haven't seen before. I'll probably make the full set online as a drop-box thing for Soskan folk who want it.

As ever, link in my sig. Let me know folks, and tell me what operating system you're looking at it through, and on what screen. It's supposed to scale well but I only have my laptop and regular 16:9 desktop monitor to check them and no smart phone or iPad, so it'd be cool to know.

Ta!

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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
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Good luck on getting the gallery show.


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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
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Had a look on my iPad this morning and it worked nicely. I think it showcases your work really well, seeing it all together like that highlights what talent you've got going on there, Pete. If they don't give you the show they are fools. FOOLS!


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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:10 
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Yet two of your categories are "America". Did you move?

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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
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Your revamped site looks great, Pete.


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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:14 
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If id seen this earlier I would have suggested 'Petures' as the name. Try it in totally racist Mexican.


Peeeeetures.


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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
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Pod wrote:
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Yet two of your categories are "America". Did you move?


Only in my head. :'(

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If id seen this earlier I would have suggested 'Petures' as the name. Try it in totally racist Mexican.

Peeeeetures.


"You want peeetures? You don't need no stinkin' peetures!"

I saw an interview with Eli Wallach. It was like that bit after Dermot's death when they interview Father Jack who comes across as a Werthers Original grandpa in real life. Completely discombobulating.

Glad you lot like. Squarespace is jolly good, despite occassionally not allowing things in template design it clearly should. One thing I really like is the 24/7 chat advice which is really useful. I got stumped on a couple of minor but niggling things and got answers straight away from their support, which was nice.

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 Post subject: Re: Pete Takes Pictures
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Hey folks!

Website's still a-going, though I haven't updated in a month. That's because I was putting the X100 through its paces and didn't want to post until I had an opinion, like, maaan.

Here's the linky: http://petetakespictures.com/blog/

It's a gear review with pictures, and the internet says that those are popular, so, er, click. I've been using the X100 a hell of a lot these last two weeks. Most of what I've taken has been somewhat incompetent, but there's lots of stuff to come.

Also, I passed the 100,000 photo-view marker on Flickr t'other day. Hurrah! :)

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