This page was originally just a template that I had purchased from the States and at that point it had a lot of generic content that didn't make a whole lot of sense. I had planned at first to make it like a place that friends and family could tune into to see new developments and interesting changes in Colleen's, Greg's, and my life. Like a family blog so to speak.
More and more however, I have been running into people in the field and they have been asking me "Do you have a web page where I can view your photos?". I decided in the end that there should be a default place that people could tune into in order to see my work.
I like to think that my photos have improved over time along with my equipment and add and change them on a regular basis. Photography like the Martial Arts that I am also involved in, is a never ending learning experience with many avenues to explore and many interesting techniques to master. Although you will find pictures of hikes and trips around B.C. and even some exotic ones like my trip to South Korea, my main focus for the past few years has been on birds.
Many people fail to recognize the true beauty in life that lies just below the surface and are often moving too quickly to notice. It is my intension through my wildlife and bird photography to give people an insight of what I see on some of my photo outings and to hopefully enrich their lives like this discovery has enriched mine.
Like Chevrolet and Ford in the world of automobiles, in the camera world the most well known competitors are Nikon and Canon. I must admit that I am a Canon man through and through. This does not mean that Nikon does not make a fine product but I started many years ago with a Canon AE-1 which was a film SLR. Back then of course digital photography was all science fiction. Because of good experiences in the past I have stuck with Canon and today have much of the latest Canon equipment. My most recent acquisition has been a Canon EOS-1D Mark4 camera body which is often attached to my 600mm IS 2 fixed focal length lens. Sometimes when the light allows it, I also use the combnation of the 600mm and a series III 1.4X extender for an effective magnification of 840mm. The EOS-1D Mark4 proves to be a great asset with lower noise than a pro-sumer camera and 10 frames per second capture rate. The combination of lens and camera body is ideal with larger birds such as eagles and owls when you just cant seem to get close enough. The "big glass" as a lens like the 600mm is often refered to is probably the main reason why people will often stop and talk and ask about my photos.
How The Gallery Works
The first page you open on Larges.ca is strictly traditional HTML content. I have designed it to act as merely a switchboard to get you to the gallery album of your choice. Once the album is chosen however, the gallery that you see is dynamically generated by using a combination of PHP and MYSQL through a scripting program called "Coppermine". This is a more effective way of creating the galleries as they are made on the fly dynamically rather than having stacks of dormant HTML pages taking up space on the server waiting for someone to access them.
You may also vary the look of the gallery by changing the theme. Please note that you will not be able to access this page again unless you revert back to the "Larges" theme or press the back button several times on your browser.
By clicking on the selected photo above the film strip you can also have an even larger view displayed. Most of these larger views are sized so that depending on whether they are portrait or landscape the long side is 1024 pixels.
I put this on the index page just for fun. It's a comparison of all of the different Canon camera shutter speeds.