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Yesterday I said that I thought I preferred the shot I was going to put up today, but today I’m not so sure. And whenever I’ve posted two similar shots in the past, and said I prefer one of them, invariably everybody else likes the other ;-)

Anyway, I don’t really need to say too much more about this shot, or yesterday’s.

Today, I made two changes to this blog, one hidden (hopefully) and the other a little more visible. The hidden change is that I’ve recoded the main page, individual archives, comment popup, and the various information pages as pure css (rather than a hybrid of tables, divs, and various other clunky bits of disorganised layout). So that’s the first change.

The second is that I’ve made the site skinnable. There are three new links in the navigation bar, light, default, and dark. ‘Default’ is the scheme you’re used to, ‘light’ is a mostly white scheme, and ‘dark’ (unsurprisingly) is a dark grey scheme (which, IMO, suits today’s shot better than the other two). Let me know what you think. Also, if you come across any layout problems please let me know. I’ve tested it in a few browsers, and it seem ok, but there’s a good chance that it might not work for everyone.

Oh, and both changes only apply to the pages I mentioned above. The various archives (other than the thumbnails page, which I have changed) will have to wait.

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Canon G5
7.03pm on 15/5/04
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4x3 + macro
comment by Jessyel Ty Gonzalez at 12:42 AM (GMT) on 20 May, 2004

7 hours early before the 20th eh? Haha, just kidding.

I definitely like this one better than yesterday's. Both are solid, but this is excellent.

And very nice on the skinning! How did you do that!

comment by James at 02:30 AM (GMT) on 20 May, 2004

In an odd kinda way, this looks sorta like a composite image, in a similar way to that phonebox shot from last week that kickstarted a photoshop debate. Love the DoF here, and the detail in the lamp itself.

In a strange coincidence, I've recently been working on making my blog skinnable - anyone that wants to write CSS for me should get in touch!

comment by Tom B at 02:47 AM (GMT) on 20 May, 2004

Very interesting Dave. I like both today's as well as yesterdays but for different reasons. I really like the way this one is composed, the colors in the light, the soft background to the right. You definately have an eye for the one off interesting compositions. Your work has definately helped expand my field of vision. Thanks.

comment by djn1 at 05:32 AM (GMT) on 20 May, 2004

Jesseyl: UK v US timezones ;-)

As for skinning: I used this tutorial:

... skin_your_blog_tutorial.php

... which is a php based switcher that utilises two scripts. The beauty of this solution is that it also allows you to skin the comments popup (essential for this site). You can't do this with a simple php switcher (the comments popup can't utilise php includes) and I din't want to use javascript.

comment by djn1 at 05:43 AM (GMT) on 20 May, 2004

James: I seem to have developed a taste for 'split' compositions like this one, some of which are more successful than others, but this is definitely a straight shot. As for skinning: the 'guest skin' idea is a good one - if I have the time I might take you up your offer to write some css for your site.

comment by lynn at 09:42 AM (GMT) on 20 May, 2004

i love both lightbulb shots, but this one just a wee bit more: something about the balance of it, i think, and the impact of the blue against the more citrusy colours...

and i love caitriona for finally making it possible for me to see this beauty giant-size!

comment by turnover at 10:01 AM (GMT) on 20 May, 2004

Just WOAW !! ;)

comment by Deceptive at 11:40 AM (GMT) on 20 May, 2004

I have to say I prefer yesterdays shot though I do like this one as well. The

skins idea is great, I was considering doing something like this but was thinking

along the lines of changing the background colour for each image which I've seen

on other blogs such as objective-view.de.

comment by Irene at 12:28 PM (GMT) on 20 May, 2004

I really, really, really like this one. Great colours. Fascinating because I don't know what I see.

ASnd the I opened yesterdays-one: it's also great! And together with this one recognisable.

I don't know which one I prefer. To me they both are unique and great!

I love this kind of 'alienating' photography: take something ordinary and turn it into something extra-ordinary!

comment by mandar at 03:23 PM (GMT) on 20 May, 2004

Does your website "memorise" a user and his/her preference of skin ? like the next time i visit your site from the same machine .. will i still have to change the skin to what i like it to be ?

Ive been considering something on the same lines for my blog .. but i do not own the server space nor the domain .. so dont want to get into any complex solutions.

comment by mandar at 03:29 PM (GMT) on 20 May, 2004

yeah it does "stick" .. :)

sorry for the earlier questions .. i shud have tried it out for myself. The tutorial helps too !

comment by rod at 05:31 PM (GMT) on 20 May, 2004

Great shots, yesterday and today. Reminds me of what could be an early 90's grunge/alternative rock album cover.

As for the skinnable site, you may want to also include alternate stylesheets since you're using a pure css layout now. For the people who use Firefox, that's the easiest way that I know that I can change the look of a site, and without the clunky php. But then again, getting the 85% of people who use IE to switch to Firefox is a daunting task...

comment by Zero at 10:01 PM (GMT) on 20 May, 2004

I just noticed the "light + default + dark" links and it's amazing how much the image changes depending on the style you choose. That was a cool idea.

comment by djn1 at 12:00 AM (GMT) on 21 May, 2004

Zero: yes, that surprised me too. The different backgrounds really do make quite an amazing difference to many of my shots.

rod: the php is just a front end to three different stylesheets and is there because many browsers don't have Firefox's switching facility. I'll add in the alternate stylesheets to my templates over the next couple of days.