My first blog

August 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Well, if you are reading this it means this site has finally gone live and I'm promoting it publically. Hopefully you'll have had a look through the four main galleries and like what you've found.

It's been a while in the making. I pre-ordered the domain late in 2013 when I saw a TV advert for new domain extensions including 'dot' photography. It was then necessary to find something to stick in front of the dot, not as easy as it sounds when you start trying to think of something original, descriptive and concise. I finally settled on 'Four Elements' which I feel pretty well encompasses all my interests photographically  and the groups are generic enough to cover most subject matter.

The site itself is being hosted by a company called Zenfolio, one of the many photo-hosting sites now touting their wares on the web. I had a look at a few and this seemed to fit the bill for what I wanted my site to do. One Christmas present of a website voucher: sorted.

And then since Christmas....well it all kind of stalled a bit. The new domain extensions were only on pre-order initially and didn't actually go live until late March and then tying the domain into the Zenfolio site proved a little problematic. Eventually though, all the loose ends got tidied up, I decided on a logo and finally started to actually load some content.

The Zenfolio site offers a myriad of templates and options, it's infinitely configurable with pretty much everything modifiable reasonably quickly and easily viewable so you can track your changes as you build the site. The downside of all these options though is that trying to apply some consistency, even across just a few pages is quite a task (this is my get-out clause if anyone spots some bugs in the system..)

As far as the site itself goes, I wanted to create something that was quite 'clean' in appearance and not too in your face. My intention is for this site to be a bit of a showcase for some of my favourite images and not to become too cluttered. I'm not going to fill it up with holiday snaps and thousands of images just for the sake of loading them like a Facebook album. Hopefully you, my visitors, will like some of the images on show here. There is a 'Buy' option but obviously no obligation to do so. I've decided (for now) to watermark my images with my logo, hopefully you won't find these too distracting and the logo wouldn't appear in a printed copy. If there's a ground swell of opinion against watermarking I might remove this in the future, I'd be interested in any hearing any comments.

I'd appreciate any feedback on the site in general that you might care to give, through the contact page. If you spot any errors or bugs please let me know. Also, if you've seen an image, maybe on my Facebook page, and think it should be on here or that you'd like a print of, again, please drop me a message. I'll endeavour to keep the blog page updated, probably once a month or so. I'll also be regularly adding images both new and from my archive, so it'll be worth checking in every now and again. I'll also be updating @4elementsphoto on Twitter and the 'Four Elements Photography' page on Facebook.

Thanks for looking,

Neil


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