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The eWorld Together
"We are advertis'd
by our loving friends."--Shakespeare
Thanksgiving is a uniquely
American holiday when friends come together and share a meal and their
feelings for one another. The World Wide Web is another way we can share
images with others, no matter where they may be on this planet. Over
the years I've made some great friends that I would never have
met except for the Internet, which is its true power.
K. Haley is a West Virginia photographer whose elegantly
understated website contains portfolios with subject matter
featuring imagery appropriate for what John Denver sang
about in his song "Take Me Home, Country Roads."
© 2003, Bruce K. Haley, All Rights Reserved
Bruce K. Haley is a West Virginia photographer whose elegantly understated
forms a perfect vehicle for his work. The galleries section (note the
lower-case "g") contains six portfolios with subject matter
featuring imagery appropriate for what John Denver sang about in Take
Me Home, Country Roads. When opening a portfolio, a horizontally scrolling
window at the top contains nicely sized thumbnails; clicking on one opens
a large recessed window and, heavens to Mergatroid, caption data with
information about the subject matter.
Some of Haley's comments echo my statements that great photographic
opportunities exist in your own backyard, but his poetic images and text
take it to new levels. Images such as "Country Morning" or
"Fences In The Mist #1" show that bad weather not only offers
great photo ops, it can also produce natural special effects that let
you capture great images. As traditional as Haley's photos may appear,
the Paintings portfolio contains impressionistic images of nature, such
as "Mystical Trees," made in the camera using vertical panning
techniques and slow shutter speeds. If you would like to purchase a print
of anything you see, visit the Shopping section. The About section contains
information about this fine arts photographer and I was surprised to learn
he began his photography career during the late 1960s as a combat photographer
in Vietnam. The images of gentle beauty of his native West Virginia are
in stark contrast to sites he must have witnessed then, but obviously
paved the way for a quiet, contemplative vision. Be sure to make some
time to walk down a country road with Haley.
You won't find a Nikon-based site at www. coolpix.com.
Instead it's Stephen Schoff's homepage and you'll
be able to tell by the homepage image that you're
in for something completely different.
© 2003, Stephen Schoff, All Rights Reserved
The Coolest Of Pix
What do you think you're going to find at www.coolpix.com?
A Nikon-based site showing their point-and-shoot consumer digital cameras?
Nope, instead you'll find Stephen Schoff's homepage. (Somebody
in Nikon's marketing department dropped the ball on that one.) You
can tell by the image on the homepage that you're in for something
completely different. The photography gallery contains collections in
many eclectic categories, as witnessed by the lunar cactus on the introductory
page that's followed by a wonderfully evocative portrait of a rowboat
in Maine, which made me curious to see more.
Schoff's commercial images are crisp and competent, featuring some
neat grace notes, like the handsome spaniel in the photograph of an antique
shop's interior. His black and white portraits show affection for
his subjects, while his color images seem more direct. The legal images
are not what you might call forensic, but are portraits of attorneys in
a law firm, which I could not get to load in the Windows version of Internet
Explorer or Opera. Look around at his web design and what's new
sections, but before you go, be sure to check the gallery section if only
for the whimsical portrait of "Jen & Amanda." Oh, by the
way, if you want to see Nikon's Coolpix cameras, visit www.nikonusa.com/usa_group/group.jsp?cat=1&grp=2.
Kinda rolls of the tongue doesn't it?
Digital Media contains the kind of images you might find
on any successful portrait operation's homepage--oops,
I forgot the military aircraft.
© 2003, Joshua Hudson, All Rights Reserved
Fly, Fly, Swift Dragonfly
Dragonfly Digital Media is the name of a portrait/media consulting business
started by veteran combat photographer Joshua Hudson. His website (www.dragonflydigitalmedia.com)
contains the kind of images you might find on any successful portrait
operation's homepage--oops, I forgot the military aircraft.
Hudson uses a Spartan approach to web design, with itsy-bitsy thumbnails
that, when clicked, redraw the entire page with the selected image displayed
I peeked at the Military gallery first and was heartened to see that Hudson
focused his camera on the brave fighting men and women of our armed forces,
but there is a stunning shot of ships underway at sunset I really enjoyed.
Another showing three men inside a helicopter--one sound asleep--is
a warm portrait of men at war. Changing gears, his Children collection
displays a non-traditional, candid approach to photographing kids showing
how they respond to Hudson, because they trust him. The photograph of
four children sticking their heads and arms through a fence echoes the
one in the helicopter because there's this one kid doing something
different. The Portrait section includes fashion photographs, including
an ultra-wide angle lens shot of a female model with red dreadlocks hanging
from a red caboose. His Art & Pet gallery offers nice snapshots of
dogs and cats, but the Art photographs clearly deserve their own section,
especially the strongly graphic Kabuki portrait. There's lots of
other stuff here, too, including information on Hudson's web design
and publishing activities; so take some time and poke around.
Wilkowski is a self-taught photographer who works as a free-lancer
and designed this website featuring her work. Its clean,
stylish look contrasts delightfully with her often cutting-edge
© 2003, Rebecca Wilkowski, All Rights Reserved
Rebecca Wilkowski is a self-taught photographer who works as a free-lancer
and even designed the website (www.rebeccawilkowski.com)
featuring her work. Its clean, stylish look delightfully contrasts with
often cutting-edge images. Her galleries run the gamut from fashion to
weddings to documentary. If it's out there, Wilkowski shoots it!
Clicking on a collection's
name opens a window with a medium-sized image along with forward and back
arrows that let you navigate from the displayed images to the next pleasant
bolt from the blue.
Images are color and monochrome and load fast, even on a dial-up connection,
which is a tribute to the Webmistress' HTML skills. Photographically,
she has equal dexterity with color and black and white, especially when
photographing people. While we've seen all of these wedding images
before, their spontaneity shows Wilkowski has fun when creating them and
her clients appreciate it. By contrast, the landscape photographs include
an interesting blend of traditional with a splash of color--a lagniappe--to
delight the eyes. Likewise, her architectural images lean more toward
documentary than standard photographs of buildings and their bits and
pieces while, interestingly enough, the documentary section contains the
weakest part of her otherwise appealing portfolio. The shot of the circle
of flags, however, did knock me out. Wilkowski is clearly a young person
with a future and I look forward to watching her progress on this interesting
out the "Friends" section at http://farace.smug
mug.com to see photographs of my friends made by me and
some of me made by my friends.
© 2003, Joe Farace, All Rights Reserved
Latest Web Updates
Although the Associate Editor and I check all of the websites at deadline,
gremlins occasionally sneak through. Bert Katzung's site (www.astronomy-images.com)
inadvertently had a hyphen left out, which takes you to another site.
Place that hyphen where it belongs to see examples of Katzung's
amazing astrophotography, With the peace treaty AOL and Microsoft signed,
the future of the Netscape browser is no longer in doubt. It's toast.
Those of you looking for an alternative should visit www.opera.com
and download the free version of Opera 7. It's fast--much faster
than Internet Explorer for Windows.
Building a website can be expensive and complex, but SmugMug (www.smugmug.com)
makes it possible to put together a nice-looking set of web pages where
visitors can post comments and order prints. Check out the Friends section
to see photographs of my friends and some of me made by friends, including
several Shutterbug contributors.
If you'd like to recommend your own or a friend's website
for an appearance in this department, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.