opening screen of Pete's Page shows the photographer's
major areas of interest: astrophotography, panoramas,
and travel including his "fly-fishing," Galapagos
Islands, and Salt Lake City images. You'll also
find a section on vintage cameras.
Photos © 1999, Pete Augello, All Rights Reserved
Serendipity: Sometimes you
accidentally find something wonderful. That's the case with this
Web Site of the Month. While researching astrophotography sites, I found
Pete's Page, which includes astronomical photography--digital
and film--along with much more. I was attracted to Pete's Page
because it is a site that celebrates photography instead of just selling
it. Webmaster Pete Augello has set up a homepage that features examples
of his outer space and earth bound travel photography. You won't
find any banners, ads, or sales pitches here. Instead, Augello uses
the site to share the images that he creates with other netizens along
with information on the tips and tools he uses to create each photograph.
You can visit Pete's Page at: members.aol.com/Paugello/index.html.
It's Animated. The first thing you'll notice
when you arrive is that "Pete's Page" logo is animated.
Every minute or so, the letters disassemble then reassemble themselves.
While some animation sequences on web sites tend to slow browsing, this
one doesn't--at least not with a 56K modem. The second thing you
will notice is that this Web Site of the Month is divided into six distinct
· Astro Images. This section contains two different
galleries of the Webmaster's astrophotography. One is devoted
to photographs made with conventional imaging equipment and the other
for those created using digital techniques and hardware. Clicking on
an image in either gallery opens a larger sized version along with information
on how it was captured. Even those of us who are not involved in astrophotography
will find Augello's images to be compelling. While the photographs
made with digital methods are impressive, his film images are truly
breathtaking. While most of the pictures in this section were made using
film, many of them were also digitally enhanced, something scientists
and engineers at NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratories do with the images
captured by their space probes.
· Panoramas. Augello creates his panoramic images
using a conventional camera, shooting multiple photographs while rotating
his camera about the "nodal point" so the images can be
properly spliced together. The position of the rear nodal point may
vary depending on the lens used, but Augello suggests that if "you
take the focal length of the lens and measure this distance in front
of the film plane you will be close enough." He then uses "stitching"
software to assemble the completed panoramic images. The Webmaster displays
these digital images in two formats. One is a conventional JPEG file
and the other uses Live Picture's RealSpace viewer to provide
zooming and interactive viewing. In order to view them in this latter
format, you'll need to install Live Picture Zoom Viewer 3.2 (as
I write this) in your Internet browser's plug-in folder. Augello
does not provide a link to let you download this plug-in, so here it
astrophotography section of Pete's Page features galleries
of images made using conventional and digital methods along
with information on the equipment and techniques used to
capture them. An index section provides information of the
technology involved in the Webmaster's astrophotography.
· The Galapagos
Islands. This section of Pete's Page contains images from
his trip to these mythic islands. In addition to the photographs of native
wildlife that are typically seen from such expeditions, Augello has also
documented some of the sights and people of Ecuador. In addition to the
photographs, he's posted a diary of the nine-day trip including
commentary and observations about his journey. Anyone contemplating a
similar trip should read it. Augello made this trip with a tour group,
but when venturing out alone he was not afraid to ask questions when taking
· Fly-Fishing Pictures. It's been a long
time since I've been--or wanted to go--fishing, so I approached
this section with some reservations. What you will find here is a gallery
of images--snapshots really--that the Webmaster made on a trip to the
Green River in Utah. Readers who are interested in fly-fishing may find
this section of interest.
· Salt Lake City. This gallery of images was made
in and around Salt Lake City, Utah, and features some first-rate travel
photographs, in black and white as well as color.
· Cameras And Photography. This section contains
information about the eclectic assortment of cameras that the Webmaster
uses. Clicking on small pictures of the cameras, such as the Koni-Omega,
provides some history on the camera, lenses, its 6x7 format, and how the
author uses it to capture images. Other cameras featured include a Graflex
press camera, Nikon FE, Yashicamat TLR, also Fuji and Mamiya 645 cameras.
Augello's opinions about different kinds of film and the medium
format are also amplified in separate areas and can be accessed by clicking
the appropriate buttons.
He's A Shutterbug Reader. What drew me to this
site and the reason it's featured here is that Pete's Page
is an amateur photography homepage that exemplifies the true meaning of
the word amateur; Augello clearly is passionate about photography and
it shows in his web site. When I asked for permission to use his images
for this month's column, Augello said, "Wow! Shutterbug is
about the only photo mag I still read regularly and it would be an honor
to be featured." The feeling is mutual, Pete.
If you think your web site should be featured in an upcoming column, please
drop me an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.