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Bears, glass, photos, interestingness
DAMN YOOS, MIAMI! DAMN YOOS!

In other news, my Sigma 10-20mm already shipped. :)
See rant.

I made another test portfolio last night. I'm really happy with the first 6 as a group and then last 7 as a group but the transition from 6 to 7 suxxors. I'm thinking it may well be impossible to create a single portfolio that displays photos from my whole collection. I think I could create a street, lomo and semi-macro portfolio. Or maybe just one for Madison.
Sigh.
Here's the slide show. Opinions welcome as I'm sort of stuck.

Also, I'm at 2 explore photos for November (and down to 99 photos as I went herd-culling). Hooray!
ABMann. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

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Selenium toning is fun. On my work computer, though, it looks all gray and flat. Stupid gamma settings. It's a pain adjusting the settings too as I have two monitors here. Change one monitor and you can never get the second monitor right.
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rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: November 6th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe put the vertical hanging chain right after the other guy taking a picture? The top-to-bottom might tie them in?

Or maybe the colorful beans or peppers after the photo guy? Hm. I don't know.

abmann From: abmann Date: November 6th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. The transition from photo guy to anything else is hard. I tried the color change with the peppers but it's not quite right. Part of the issue may be that I'm trying to end with a square photo as a sort of bookend since I started with a square photo.

Too hard! BOOOO!
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: November 6th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd reduce the number of hardware shots... You could put in a train track or a path to somewhere. Why did you take out the house? that one always gets positive feedback.

abmann From: abmann Date: November 6th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I took out the house because it was the only lomo picture in the whole set. Kind of weird and unrelated.

This isn't the final set, mind. Still playing with it.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: November 6th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok... you said you wanted suggestions because you were stuck, which is why I suggested.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 6th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
You asked why I took it out...
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: November 6th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
*nods* Sorry, I was just curious.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: November 6th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

PS

I'm sad about Miami.
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: November 6th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hm. I did like that house picture, too.

Let me look again and see if you can move camera-man somewhere else.
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: November 6th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, crap. I have no idea, either.

Maybe move the man sitting at the cafe table to the end of the first block? That has lots of metal-y textures that might tie into the next portion.

See, the first picture and picture-taking man have the same glassy-blue-green-crisp lines thing. So they group it off. I don't know if that would happen wherever you put camera-man... unless it was right after the first one?

I don't know.

I think that this would be best solved if you had them all printed out and moved them and scooted them all over your floor, or something. Let your cats help, eh?
abmann From: abmann Date: November 6th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm thinking that may be a better step, printing nearly all of them.

What about having separate portfolios? I wonder if that would ultimately handicapp me. Though I suppose it depends on the gallery.

Grr.
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: November 6th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read parts of that how-to on creating portfolios, and that seemed to imply that multiple portfolios only makes sense... and from an I-don't-know-shit-about-it point of view, I'm inclined to agree.

As long as they aren't unwieldy, several smaller portfolios might be fine. Or is it possible to have several 'sections' in one portfolio? Separated by a blank page/title page/something? Do you distribute these as a computer-slideshow, or do you mat them and print them and hand it over?

abmann From: abmann Date: November 6th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Portfolios aren't given to the gallery for any extended period of time. I think I'd sit down with them. give it to them. They look through it and decided there. I don't think I'd be comfortable handing it over for any amount of time out of sight.

Sections is a possibility though I'd worry about it feeling disjointed or getting too long. I think I'm just wanting an all-purpose one that I can carry with me, bring it out as needed on the street. Crazy as that sounds, I would have had occasion on Sunday to show my work to someone that asked me about my photography.
rianwyn From: rianwyn Date: November 6th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of just having a divider in there.
The number of photos you have doesn't seem too long to me, and I think adding a divider would recognize that there *is* a change in the flow. It's there, and recognizing/breaking it up would flow better than ignoring it.

In fact, I almost like several little sections.

lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: November 6th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm liking the idea of you printing out two or three of your favorites from each category. From there, you can either do a separate folio for each, or do the divider thing. I actually like the divider idea best. That way whomever is looking at the portfolio knows that the differences are intentional, and you're aware of and WANT the disparity.

*shrug* 's what I think.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 6th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you not think tat would come off scattered? Un-uniform?
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: November 6th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
No. I think it would tie together nicely. The whole idea being, "Look, I can do all these various things that don't necessarily mix together that well. Since they don't, here are a few of the best bits from the varying types."
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