Yes, it’s true. I’ve had the database laying around for the past four years or so and figured there was no time like the present.
Yep, just that — just doing some housekeeping choirs. House keeping? Housekeeping? Just straightening up and updating and what not.
I’ve added most of my work from Semi Engineering; it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere — in fact it looks like it’s going strong and more power to ’em. But since I was doing some chores around here anyway, I figured what the hell. Now it’s more or less up to date, as far as my professional endeavors go … such as they are.
I do have new project in mind but unfortunately mum’s the word.
Oh, and props to Luke, who contacted me after perusing my personal blog and my tribulations and trials with a quadriceps tendon tear. Good luck to him on the road to recovery; good grief it will be five years next Xmas since I tore up my knee. Five. Geez. I just took a photo of said knee and uploaded it:
You can’t even tell, hardly. I guess that’s a good thing.
And my Samsung is crappy in low light. But then I expected that.
I’ve Been Busy
No, really. To wit, from my personal blog:
Did I get caught up with my camera? Did I get lost in the sites and smells of Southeast Asia? Did I get involved in political intrigue there in Bangkok (and there has been a lot of it, lately). Did I finally write that book? Did I chuck it all for the simple life of a Buddhist monk?
Unfortunately, it was none of those things.
On December 23, just a few days shy of my 45 birthday, I had a stroke — a hemorrhagic stroke, to be precise.
HDR Interiors in the Photography Portfolio
Once upon a time I had a client who wanted me to shoot interiors of an old but recently renovated mansion in Cincinnati; this client does custom draperies and wall hangings. Unfortunately between myself, the client and the mansion’s residents, finding a time when we would all have the entire day free was proving rather difficult.
As a compromise I offered to try and do the shoot with the no lighting but using bracketing images and combining them via HDR, with the proviso that if the client wasn’t happy, we would go back and redo the shoot, this time taking an entire day and setting up studio lighting for each shot.
Fortunately, both the client and the mansion owners were pleased with the photos. Anyway, I just got around to uploading some shots from that shoot to my photography portfolio site.
Introducing the Photography Portfolio Subdomain
That would be photo.jeffchappell.com. I’ve actually been doing some photography work lately, although nothing terribly exciting (which one could argue is more my fault as a photographer, I suppose — but the client is happy). But I’ve been thinking for some time that I wanted to create a separate site or subdomain housing a dedicated photography portfolio site — as opposed to just a gallery page or using a Flickr plugin or what have you.
So that’s been this weekend’s project: photo.jeffchappell.com. Once again I tinkered around with some free WordPress themes, but in the end I decided on a responsive photography portfolio theme from ElegantThemes; I’m already a member/subscriber of this service, and its themes generally can be modded within WordPress to do what you want them to do.
On the other hand, I’ve learned that trying to pull in thumbnails from an RSS feed is problematic; that will be a task for future weekends. Anyway, I’ve also started a Photo a Day project on my personal blog, The Gecko’s Bark.
Hooray for free time.