It’s been fun, creating something from the beginning. I managed the website for Rock Springs Guest Ranch, and worked with photographers to get the shots I wanted for the site and the marketing materials I put together. But that was all a very small part of my time, squeezed in here and there. Now I carry my big camera with me when I travel and out on hikes. I drive my hiking buddies a little crazy. Lagging behind and hoofing it to catch back up. I rarely feel attachment to objects, but find I am growing a great fondness for my new Nikon.
I designed and built the Gill Adventures site myself, without the techie help I always had before. I could not find a photo of what I needed for my idea for a background, so I took a bunch of old travel tickets and stubs from my scrap book piles and spread them out on our old leather couch. I wanted a border of foot prints, but also didn’t like anything I found. So, I put my feet in the dog’s water dish and stepped on our weathered deck to make and shoot the prints myself. A little Photoshop to get the collage effect, and I had what I was looking for. The favicon, or little footprint you’ll find up on the address bar when you are on the site was from the same shots.
I’ve even become a minor web geek myself. I wrote the XML code for the audio podcast RSS feed, and set up my own XML sitemap for the search engines. It’s really satisfying learning something new and putting it to work immediately.
I have a ton of images from our recent trip to the Steens and Alvord Desert and my trip with Hiking buddies to Tucson. I’ll get them online as I can, but the galleries take a fair amount of time. The way I have things set up, each image has its own page, as well as the main gallery page, with a total of 15-17 pages. I do like the end result, though.