A Quick Update

Hello!

I realize I haven’t been very good lately at updating this blog.  I’m hoping that changes in 2017 and for the remainder of 2016.

In short, I’ve been crazy busy and have barely made time for what needs to be done here.  I also recently took a 4 week trip to Australia and New Zealand, and I am still working through the photos from this trip.  There is always so much to do that I am not finding the time to do things.  I’m sure there’s a few posts in here somewhere.

Anyways, going to try to get better updates in the future.  So, let’s see what happens.

-B

Blogo Ate My Posts!

I was very close to having a great post tonight about my recent trip to the Grand Canyon.

However, I use the software called ‘Blogo’ to write my posts.  It had an incident, and, it ate the post I had spend close to 2 hours working on.  So it will be a bit longer before I have the post ready.

Also, while attempting to write this post using the software, it refused to give me a box to type in.  I had been quite happy with the software before, but after tonight, I think I’m done with it.

Site Changes

I’ve been making some changes around the site.  The two biggest are my name changes and the switch to https.  The switch to secure just makes sense, given all of the current news.  Google searches also now prioritize secure sites over non secure.

However, with my switch to secure, I wanted to make sure that all old links worked.  So I’ve added a rewrite rule in my .htaccess file

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R,L]

</IfModule>

What this does is simple – if you visit via http, it immediately redirects you to the https version of that url.

The other change is the branding.  This really only relates to having an extra domain name pointing to the same pages.  I’m a little uncomfortable giving any personal details out over the internet, but, I think this will change over time.  There will be a bigger change as well in the near future, but, this will deserve its own post.  The new domain name was step 1 of the bigger post.  Ch-ch-ch-changes.

Still Here

I’m still here.  And still trying to work on some of my long term projects.  I anticipate updates to the blog in the next few weeks.  These updates will have the substance of previous posts, and way more than just this quick note.

Until then.
-M

Goals of this Blog

Since nobody yet reads the blog, I get to ramble and write whatever I want.

What are my goals for this site, and why am I doing it?

Fame and fortune, of course.  Why else does anyone do anything?  🙂

I am building this for fun and to see what happens.  Photo sharing sites are great, but I feel that there is a lack of space to explain the idea behind the photo and add in other points of view to explain how the image finally was formed.  They are also difficult to show work in progress type images, and hard to show variations of the same image (for example, a Color and B&W next to each other) in an easy way.

My other goal is to begin to create a travel photography guide.  This is a longer term project.  What is this about and how is it different than other guides?  Most travel guides tell you the sites to see and the hours a popular location is open.  This guide will be different.  It will focus on when and where to be to get interesting images.

Let me use the Alhambra in Granada Spain as an example.  A normal travel guide will tell you “Operating hours are 10-6, and we recommend reserving your tickets ahead of time as the site can be very popular in the summer.  Daytime temperatures can run as high as 90 degrees F, so, plan appropriately”.  My guide would say “The site can be very popular in summer and the light is harsh.  Spring and Fall light, especially in late November in the evenings is very pleasant”.

The guides will focus on how to get to a certain place, what trail to take and when that trail might be open, closed, or washed out.  I plan on including the nearest airport, nearest major international airport (if needed), information on travel from the airport to the location (bus, train, car, other), and other relevant information to help you get there and get the good photos.  I do not plan on including much information about hotels or where to stay, unless it can be unusually difficult for an outsider to find an appropriate place (such as Miyajima, which I found to be quite difficult and I was not certain I had a place to stay until I checked in).  If you are staying in a major tourist location, the normal websites are simple enough to use.

Let’s see if these goals will be met.

-M