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Little Changes

Hey everyone, it was a slow cold day here in Munich so I took advantage of the time inside and messed with the design of the site a bit. Its something ive been wanting to do for a long time now but never made the time to actually finnish up. I like what I ended up with I think. I wanted something a bit darker after looking at that light grey for a year now. I may shrink the header just a bit to match the content width but I’m not sure yet. I kind of like it big. My reason for writing this post is to give a place for comments or suggestions or any oversights I may have missed. Reader feedback helps keep the blog going so please, let me know what you all think.

Also, in other news, I am working on a new web project that I hope to announce soon. I am working on getting some initial content in place and making decisions on how I will organize it and I am getting closer to being able to open it up to the public for feedback. Im pretty excited about it because its something I have wanted to try for a long while now. Its a music blog for my favorite kind of music, calm music. Modeled after an old website that I used to reference for new music a long while back.

Also, something I would like to do is something someone requested a while back that I never had the chance to write and thats a write up on how I approach shooting with my film cameras. Specifically my current favorite, my little Olympus XA. So thanks for reading and stay tuned for more desktops, music, and more. -John

UPDATE: So with the help of a friend I added a little bit of a shadow at the top of the site that everything fades into as you scroll up! I think its pretty neat and thought I would add that to my notes here to see if anyone else thinks its nice looking too..


  1. Tilman - November 24, 2008 at 12:27 am

    I would not call this a “Little” change! Your design is so minimal, the background color plays a major role. I absolutely love it. The header too. And the images sit much better on dark. Even more a fan of your photos now…

  2. Neil - November 24, 2008 at 4:13 am

    Yeah I have to say it the new design looks great. I did like the old one too though but this just seems to be better for the pictures.

    I am also very interesting in reading your approach to shooting film as I have recently got myself a Lomo LC-A and intend to use that for the time being to see what happens.

  3. john - November 24, 2008 at 6:30 am

    Well, I’m still working on a couple of little issues but they are pretty minor. Thanks for the feedback. I know its minimal and I love it that way, thats the reason I’m still using the collapsable navigation.

    The comments here reminded me to style the comment section too! I nearly forgot :) For me the design is secondary to the content, at least here on my site.

    Ill do my best to come up with a little article on my approach to shooting with film and my history with it. I’m not an expert but it would be fun to write something up based on my own observations.

  4. john - November 24, 2008 at 6:31 am

    grr… looks like smiles are a big crazy… ill have to fix that up too.. so many odd little details to watch after!

  5. Justin - November 24, 2008 at 8:58 am

    I dig the new skin. I agree that it adds a lot to your photos. Sort of like placing them in a dark frame.

  6. Gideon - November 24, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    i dig it. shrinking the header is a GOOD idea and the shadow is P.I.M.P!

    No matter the site design I’ll be back to peruse your fantastic images.

  7. john - November 24, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Yeah, I like the big bold header idea but yeah, i think I should get it down to being just the size of the content beneath it. Glad you like the shadow, I love those little touches like that in designs. Thanks for visiting.

  8. laslo - November 25, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    great design for your site, but watch out for the Internet Explorer users out there (shadow and transparency mess). but it looks great.

  9. john - November 25, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    ah yes IE6 is a little devil of a browser. There is a little fix in the css that turns that off for users of browsers that don’t support it. I think. There was some sort of tricky script that makes transparency work in older browsers but we couldn’t get it to work right.

    interestingly i checked my stats and only 36 percent are using IE and of that crowd only 9 or so percent was using older versions…

  10. john - November 26, 2008 at 5:02 am

    OK, I shrunk the header a tiny bit to match the content width.. feels a little better now when the window is small. Heres hoping no other little things creep in there to fix… hmm forgot about the smiles on comments.. ah well, ill live with it for now i think.

  11. Min - November 26, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Love the new backdrop ‘grey 67%’! Been following your site for years now. I just bought a Canon 5D II, loving it at the moment.

    Excellent photography!!

  12. john - November 27, 2008 at 6:00 am

    Thanks Min! Im a bit jealous of that 5D Mark II though! I will probably end up with the upgraded version as well one of these days :)

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