DBL PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG

Images from life and things that intrigue me

Afternoon Graze

Image Information: Camera: NIKON D4 | Apeture: f/6.3 | Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec | ISO: 400 Lens: 150.0-500.0 mm f/5.0-6.3 | Focal Length: 500 mm | Metering Mode: Pattern

Flyover

Image Information: Camera: NIKON D4 | Apeture: f22 | Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec | ISO: 500 Lens: 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 | Focal Length: 300 | Metering Mode: Center-weighted average

Keeping Watch

Image Information: Camera: NIKON D4  |  Lens: 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6  |  Focal Length: 112 mm  |  Apeture: f/11 Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec  |  ISO: ISO 6400  |  Metering Mode: Spot

Freeman House

Freeman House Side Door_DBLPhotography

Freeman House in Vienna, Virginia.

This shot was taken with my Nikon F5. Ilford Delta 3200 film was used. I really like how the Black & White exposure makes the leaves on the trees appear to be sliver. Somewhat ironic given that this is taken on film which has a silver base.

Twilight Trees

Twilight Trees_DBLPhotography

The following image was taken just before dusk.  The colors in the sky were just amazing, so I stopped working on a project and went out and took a few photographs.  Processed in Lightroom to remove a bit of the Luminance noise and a few other minor adjustments.

Taken with a Nikon D200 and 70-200 lens using ISO 1600 at f2.8 for 1/3 second.

DBL Photography - New Site Look & Feel

After thinking about this for a long time, I finally decided that I needed to migrate away from Joomla as a content management system in favor of WordPress. Honestly, Joomla is a very capable CMS geared for significant levels of customization. In my experience, the customization requires more time to implement than I have. Several features that are native to WordPress are only supported in a limited manner in Joomla without paying for a plugin such as posting via email. A few of the issues that drove my decision to change:

  • Lack of integration between the Administration Console and Front end UI
  • Module and plugin management is cumbersome
  • Implementation of categories and sections within Joomla 1.5 is limiting compared to categories and tags in WordPress
  • General system maintenance processes more time consuming than in WordPress

The biggest concern was my desire to implement e-commerce for selling my prints and other items. The research I performed only showed minimal Joomla plugin level integration with e-commerce vendors and those that did were really not geared for my needs, rather toward larger retail businesses selling a wide variety of products.

I hope the changes you see in the site presentation and user experience are welcomed.   More changes are coming as my time permits. First up is implementing an efficient shopping capability, then enhancements to the presentation of my work, and finally more posting related to my equipment, tools/techniques I use for processing, product reviews, and information on photographers that have inspired me.

Please let me know what you think about the changes to the site.

David