"I'm not sure blogs are necessarily the best place to get a pulse
on anything. People want to blog for a variety of reasons, and that may or may
not be representative." --Steve Ballmer
Like it or not, Mr. Ballmer, blogging is a fact of life in this millennium.
I'm always surprised by how many photographers' websites also have
blogs. It makes me feel like a slacker because I've twice tried to create
a blog and failed miserably to keep either one of them going. Maybe it's
because I already communicate with so many of you through the pages of Shutterbug
that there's nothing left for a blog or maybe it's because I'm
lazy. I'm taking bets on the latter. If you really want to know what's
new with me, visit http://farace.smugmug.com
for what amounts to a photographic blog. Check out the "Picture My World"
section to see what's new, including a photo of the giant pile of snow
across from my house deposited by the "Blizzard of `06-'07."
© 2007, Joe Farace, All Rights Reserved
Like your humble servant, New Jersey-based Louis Dallara started on his career
path as an engineer before discovering that photography was his true calling.
This classy-looking site has eight collections in a Gallery, beginning with
"Abstracts" that contains a few examples of what might be called
conceptual imagery but could easily be titled "Potpourri," although
his image "Luminous Light" hits the abstract bull's-eye. Dallara's
architectural images, such as "Reflections," are pleasant interpretations
of contemporary and historic structures.
© 2007, Louis Dallara Photography, All Rights Reserved
Over in the "Panoramas" section the far-too-few photographs sparkle
with their stark composition, leaving you wanting to see more. His "Photo
of the Day" section sports an interesting feature: an interactive map
showing exactly where some of his photographs were made and Dallara promises,
"more will be added later." When viewing the map you can pan or
zoom with a mouse key or use the navigational pad on the upper left-hand corner
of the map. Dallara says, "Photography has allowed me to appreciate the
aesthetics of the world and I see beauty in things now that previously eluded
my attention." Through his photography, especially the nature photography
displayed in a "Current Exhibit," he has helped others see that
beauty as well.
Scott Harding lives in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion, a diverse area of mountains,
rivers, and forests on the untouched coast of Northern California and Southern
Oregon, so you won't be surprised when I tell you he's an outdoor
and adventure photographer. His attractively designed and functional website
is easy to navigate and full of nooks and crannies to explore, so go ahead and
click on what sounds good and follow the yellow brick road. The Gallery is chock-a-block
with tantalizing titles but because I was curious about the Klamath-Siskiyou
area, I went there first. Some of the photos displayed are too small to appreciate
the depth of Harding's technical and aesthetic skills and the best way
to look at them is as a slide show, so kick back and enjoy the scenery.
© 2007, Scott Harding/scotthardingphoto.com, All Rights Reserved