Changes In Attitude, Changes In Media; Even More Readers’ Websites Page 2
Reader Marc Ward is a transplanted Floridian living in East Tennessee whose photos on the Bio page show a man with a great sense of humor, but he’s not fooling around when it comes to photography as can be seen from his nine galleries. Inside each one, you’ll see his images as thumbnails and while clicking makes one larger, what I really liked was the ability to go back and forth through the gallery in that large image view. I enjoyed his “Man & Nature” gallery with its lovingly captured beach scenes, especially those of sunrise at Jacksonville Beach Pier. Ward takes us beneath the waves with his “Underwater” gallery with fondly captured images of fish and underwater life, including French Angelfish and Bubble Shrimp, that only makes me want to see more.
The “Black & White” gallery makes an about face and delivers subtle yet spectacular views of old buildings in Spain and forlorn images made on the beach that have a lonely, often melancholy feel, yet show his interest in capturing interactions between man and nature. There’s more here, so be sure to visit his other galleries and leave a comment. I did. Ward’s attractive site is powered by Photium (www.photium.com); the company offers a free 30-day trial and promises to have your photographic website up and running in as little as 10 minutes.
The digital age opened up endless possibilities for Neil Bookman. For the first time, he could process photographs on a computer instead of in a darkroom and he’s embraced digital photography and never looked back. Bookman’s digital explorations can be found in eclectic images collected into 13 galleries. “People” contains only a few images but I enjoyed the monochromatic “Elephant Man” and the way mouse rollovers in any gallery bring up a floating window containing both technical and caption data. There are elephants in the “Animals” gallery, too, but the real story is his abstract showcase image of a flamingo that turns what’s ordinarily a clichéd image on its head. Similarly, the studio photography of “sisters” captured in the “Children” gallery varies from fun (“Halloween Portrait”) to warm and fuzzy (“Two Sisters”). There’s a lot more here but you’ll find his best work in “Places” with images that combine excellent technical skills with dramatic compositions. Bookman—see his bio—may have left photography as a career but photography has never left him. His classy and functional homepage is powered by PhotoShelter (http://pa.photoshelter.com); the company builds photographic websites with sales and marketing tools, high-res file delivery, and secure image archiving.