Their Short and Simple Annals

So I changed the theme. I’ve been mulling over a change for quite some time. While I like the minimalism of my previous layout, there were a few things that always bugged me: 1) the lack of visual history (displaying only most recent, and on one forward facing screen at a time), 2) no way to post more than one photo, per post, per page, 3) the squished area for textual content, and 4) links were buried at the bottom. I must have tried on a dozen themes over the last week, and finally decided upon this one. The only rub was that with my last theme, I inserted my images in medium size as the Duotone theme formatted to the same size. Therefore, most of the photos on my posts were greatly reduced when I converted to this theme, and there isn’t a clear way of digging into the archives and enlarging the images in one push. I found a few tedious workarounds, but for now, I just manually converted the last 20 post or so.

Above are a two more of Rock Chapel. This little sanctuary was largely peaceful. However, it was only peaceful once the birds left me alone. I had a sort of Hitchcock moment when I was setting up my tripod. Seven or eight crows came in with some raucous keening. It was a bit creepy and unnerving since I was deep in the woods at a hundred year old cemetery and chapel. The crows were then joined by two hawks. Either they were sending out some kind of warning, or they were engaged in some noisy hoopla over territory.

Both photos are in HDR, originally shot using a circular polarizer, and in 3 to 5 bracketed exposures. There was a slight overcast that day, so I slapped on the polarizer to get more saturation out of the leaves. Again, I was going for some early autumnal photos. The compression on the blog made them a bit soft when I rendered the preview. Click on the photo to see them in full.

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12 thoughts on “Their Short and Simple Annals

  1. Like you i moved from duotone after almost a year. I liked the option to display big sized photos on this one(although you might argue about its use in a blog).It was a pain to resize the photos although i bet their might be a smart script that would do that.

    and i love the first photo…the use of HDR is not overly obvious and thats a success for me !

  2. I really like the composition in the first image and the way the colour of the leaves tie in with the colour of the chapel.

    I also tried this theme a couple of weeks ago as an alternative to Duotone, but I couldn’t face having to resize all my images so I changed back!

    • Yeah, it’s a pain. Lesson learned though. Always insert as large in case you switch. There is another one called “Manifest” that I liked, but same issue. I’m working on locating some kind of automation. I’ll let you know if uncover the key 😉

  3. If you automate the resizing, you need to do a post on it. I did the same as you. I went back and resized individually a stack of posts and then decided no one was going back anyway. I changed off Duotone for all the same reasons, but also because I couldn’t control the size of the image that was being published in RSS Feeds. I read all my subscribed blogs via Google Reader and the Duotoned themed blogs just show a small image (like your old image show now in this new theme). Since I suspect a lot of readers never follow the link out of their email or their reader, I wanted to make sure I was delivering full-size images.

    I like how the tones in the chapel pick up the tones in the ground cover. If I may make a small suggestion, try running the Reduce Noise filter in PS – it’ll help eliminate the red/cyan fringing that is often emphasized through HDR processing. I use the filter on a new layer so I can mask it and only apply the filter to the areas where the fringing is most intense.

  4. @ Mike: I think the thumbnail resizing is two-fold. One if affects how it appears on readers (Google Reader) etc., and two, how it appears on post. From what I read, if you batch edit your thumbnails to large, it will appear large to those applicable themes (like Nishita) and on applicable readers. In the end, I’m going to pass on it. Resizing isn’t worth it to me to move into self-hosting. I don’t currently self-host because I don’t have to time to keep up with it. I’d rather just work on photos and post.

  5. Now that’s how to use HDR! Subtle, and your using it to bring out the autumn colours which go perfectly with the warm stonework. They almost look like good old Velvia shots. Maybe I need to investigate this HDR, I’ve always avoided it because I don’t want my images to look like they’ve been shot just after a nuclear explosion, but these look so natural.

    • I almost fell out my desk laughing at your comment “like they’ve been shot just after a nuclear explosion”! I don’t necessarily dislike those highly-processed, souped up HDRs, I just think there are many of them out there that don’t “work.” I do like to use it in more complicated exposure situations where one exposure isn’t going to cut the mustard. How you blend them together is another thing. But for this one, IMHO, autumn doesn’t need any help for color, detail, etc. It’s like nature’s fireworks to begin with.

      Thanks for the compliments, and thanks for stopping by. I will make sure I make a stop by on your work as well. Cheers.

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