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  1. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    for a while my site was just pointing to my zenfolio account, but i decided i wanted a front end, and still take advantage of zenfolio's storage and bandwidth.

    i posted the job on scriptlance, and here's the finished product:

    http://www.tinnitus-photography.com/

    the 'reviews' page still has some bugs to be worked out, but i think everything else is working ok. i've been populating the 'past shows' info but still have a ways to go (2007 onward).

    comments/critiques welcome!
     

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  2. cannondalejunky

    cannondalejunky ease dropper

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    cool site love the photos...my only suggestion is maybe instead of having the take a look part all the way at the end, have the band name be the link or put it near the name
     
  3. gonefirefightin

    gonefirefightin free wieners

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    i didnt see one bit of porn.........very dissapointed
     
  4. X3pilot

    X3pilot Texans fan - LOL

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    very nice. great pics.
     
  5. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    Looks real good! I'd offer up some constructive criticism if I had any.
     
  6. cannondalejunky

    cannondalejunky ease dropper

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    the neil young shot with all the guitars around him is my favorite
     
  7. BadDNA

    BadDNA hophead

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    Needs more cowbell!



    Seriously though, looks great. Simple layout, easy nav, just enough work to show your talent and leave the viewer begging for more. Well done.
     
  8. stevew

    stevew unique white person

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    simple.

    cool.
     
  9. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    yeah, i thought of that as well. i think that's a worthwhile change.

    thanks for the comments, all.


    google-analytics is pretty neat...i can see that someone from Oklahoma checked out the site. :D
     
  10. CBJ

    CBJ Turbo Monkey

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    There is a picture covering most of the site and text in Firefox?
     
  11. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I block google-analytics. Mwaahahahahahaha! :D
     
  12. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    That photo browser does some weird things when switching to a different sized photo. It's a nitpick, yes, but it's kinda ugly when it squashes or stretches one photo before displaying another (changes the image size before the next image gets in there).

    In the "about" page in Firefox, at my work resolution (1280x1024) the image of your living room actually blocks off part of your navigation bar.

    I have no trouble reading it myself but I know a lot of people really hate having a dark background with only slightly lighter text on it. Not much contrast.

    Looks cool, though - clean, simple. I like the show archive a lot (but you compound the font color issue with smaller fonts).

    ...annnd with that, I'm back on hiatus. :monkeydance:
     
  13. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    doesn't render properly in safari, either

     
  14. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    does that happen in IE too? what is your screen resolution?
     
  15. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    yeah, i wish the main photo could be scaled, based on the visitor's screen resolution. is there a way to do that?

    also, BV, i do agree w/ yr comment re: the transition between the slide show. i think it tends to be a function of the user's connection speed. cycle through the slides a second time and see if you notice that the weird resizing from portrait to landscape is gone.
     
  16. Skookum

    Skookum bikey's is cool

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    Looks good, easy to navigate. i stumble through alot of photo pages and some have alot of fluff and fancy shmancy intros. Pointless, you want to showcase your goods (photos), not the site.

    The only thing i would suggest adding would be some subtle audio since that's your theme.
     
  17. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    ok, the main page image is fixed.

    i would prefer to keep the portfolio image size @ 800, and if someone's viewing on a smaller 4:3 screen so be it.

    personally, i hate sites w/ music.
     
  18. AngryMetalsmith

    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    The image on the about page probably just needs to be sized.

    Your e-mail address needs to be encoded so that the viewer can see it but not spiders crawling the net looking for e-mail add. for spam. I would give you a link to the site I used but it's down.

    When I was building my site I downloaded every web browser that I could so that I could test the site in different browsers.

    Being that the nature of your site is image based, the simple layout and neutral background do well for displaying your photography.

    Check your PM.
     
  19. jacksonpt

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    Looks great. I had the same issues BV did with firefox, but overall I like the design and the photos are killer.
     
  20. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    update:

    my portfolio page, with images resized to ~800px on the wide end, was causing havoc w/ smaller resolution monitors (~1024 and under). one way to get around was to look at using the free 'lightbox' script, which basically floats the image over the page. i had a friend whip up a quick test page, and i'm curious as to what people think:

    original (click on the 'portfolio' button):
    http://www.tinnitus-photography.com/index

    new (click on the 'portfolio' button):
    http://tinnitus-photography.com/index_erci.php


    thoughts are welcome!
     
  21. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    Much better. I'd rather have a floating item that I can close than see page elements overrun other page elements.
     
  22. BadDNA

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    I am digging the floating images a bit more than the original. I'm running a pretty high resolution and I had to scroll some of the portrait format in-place images but without seeing one or two of them in the floating I'm going to guess it would be better.
     
  23. IH8Rice

    IH8Rice I'm Mr. Negative! I Fail!

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    dont know if its because my office stinks, but when i click the second link and go into your portfolio, a bearded man is the only thing i see.
     
  24. laura

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    I love the Chan Marshall cat power pic. How were they live?
     
  25. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    you have to click on the image to get to the next one, but there are only two there now...my webguy accidentally overwrote the php file i'd edited...i'll re-FTP when i get home.

    they were good...Chan's been excoriated (and rightly so) for past performances involving insecurities, long awkward pauses, and meltdowns. i've seen two shows since she's sobered up, and they were very good.
     
  26. TN

    TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

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    Nice page. Even nicer photos.
     
  27. IH8Rice

    IH8Rice I'm Mr. Negative! I Fail!

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    yeah it still shows only one pic....great shots tho
     
  28. BigMike

    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    I dig the floating. I was having the same problem with photos overrunning the text.

    Site looks good though!
     
  29. $tinkle

    $tinkle Expert on blowing

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    couple Qs:
    - do you want to attract non-invited visitors?
    - is "meta keywords" still used by crawlers?
    - do you have a site map?
    - (upcoming events page) do you find the charcoal font on black bg hard to read as i do?
     
  30. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    yes
    no idea
    no. do i need one?

    the band name is in orange, whcih is the important part
     
  31. NorseManiac

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    this line

    "tinnitus photography...the next best thing to being there, or at least helping to compensate for a faulty memory"

    The type, design wise does nothing for the aesthetics of the page. the rest of the site I like and your photos are the nuts.
     
  32. narlus

    narlus Eastcoast Softcore
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    yeah, i tend to agree w/ you...should i change the size and/or font of that text? maybe a gif banner instead?
     
  33. $tinkle

    $tinkle Expert on blowing

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    to the best of my knowledge, meta crawlers by and large don't parse the keywords meta tag, and is probably getting your hopes up for increased traffic.

    as far as a site map goes, if your site stays simple (most every link can be found from home page), then probably not. if you plan on adding dynamic content, or want pages 3 links down & more to get picked up, then you might consider it.

    i believe searchenginewatch.com can provide more useful guidance.
     
  34. NorseManiac

    NorseManiac Monkey

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    You got an email addy? PM me.

    Der its on your site. You have mail.
     
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    Silver Jews tonight eh. That oughta be good.