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Website Opinions Needed

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Minuteman3, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. Hi Folks!!

    A good friend of mine (and occasional partner in certain endeavors) has put up a website of his photography.


    I'd like to get your opinions as to what you're seeing on the screen, what you like, and what you do not like. Suggestions to improve are welcomed.

    By the way, although he's 100% Caucasian American, he lives and works in Japan ... so that's why there's a Japanese introduction as well as English.

    After seeing what y'all think, I'll let you know what I see wrong. I plan to share anonymous opinions back to him, if that's OK with you. I did not do the website for him ... so you won't hurt my feelings by being brutal!!

    Thanks in advance.


  2. It's clean and elegant, and the flash loads efficiently. I like it.

  3. TimK


    Apr 17, 2006
    Hong Kong, China
    Its a nicely constructed site. I would move the watermark to a less obvious place though. It is esp bad on the photo of the first page - looks like he was burning his name plate!
  4. satelite seven

    satelite seven

    May 14, 2006
    Nice website and some really interesting photography, as above I agree that the watermark is far too distracting on most of the images
  5. wbeem


    Feb 11, 2007
    Sanford, FL
    William Beem
    I don't like it and it won't hold my attention for only two reasons:

    1: Get rid of the music. I generally have my own music playing, so going to a web site with embedded sound is a nuisance.

    2: Get rid of the flash slideshow. If I'm going to look at someone's photography, I want to see a gallery. Instead, this is a movie where I'm forced to go through everything one at a time. I'd rather scan for something that catches my eye than sit through a slide presentation.

    Those two annoyances are enough to keep me from appreciating the photography.

    Such is my opinion.
  6. Thanks so much. Y'all have covered my major issues as well. The pictures need to be larger and that watermark is just too much!!

    Does anyone else think many look too dark?

    I've looked at them in IE7/Vista and Safari/Vista and it just seems many are very dark - but then again, I am VERY familiar with much of his work. [I stood next to him and was his escort for most of the military shots involving the USAF!! Some of my shots from the era aren't bad either!! :) ]

    If anyone else has some suggestions, I'd love to pass 'em on!!


  7. Cabrams

    Cabrams Guest

    The first thing that caught my eye (and this was before I read others responses) was the watermark. It is distracting from the photo more then it should. A watermark is fine, but branding the photo might be a little much. Otherwise I do like the simplicity of the site. Nothing complicated, it loaded well, colors are comfortable and don't take away from the opening shot.

    I aggree with one of the reasons by wbeem, I think music should go, the music always bothers me on websites. But then again, I can always mute it.

    My opinion only,
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 7, 2007
  8. wbeem


    Feb 11, 2007
    Sanford, FL
    William Beem
    The problem with muting the PC to stop the music is that it also mutes the stuff I'm already playing. People have different taste in music, also. Someone may like it, but that means others won't like it.
  9. Ken,

    I can only reiterate what was said. Would much rather have the option on the slideshow and would rather browse the gallery on my own. Don't care much for the watermark placement.
    Some fascinating images though.
  10. jcovert

    jcovert Guest

    Agreed. When I looked at the site on my old Mac G3 laptop (5+years old), the Flash loaded so slow as to not look anything like a movie, but just partial images. Also, my "Up Arrow/Down Arrow" was tied to the sidebar, so when I tried to scroll down the page, it kept switching sections on me.

    Many tricked out sites don't work on my old laptop. But there are thousands that do. It's my opinion, unless you have a really good reason, you should design for the lowest common denominator. IMHO, a picture gallery shouldn't have to kill an old browser. I have a Flickr page that works fine. CNN, Yahoo and other sites work fine too.

    Here's a site I did a few years ago using Flash & plain ol' html...graphic intensive, but loads fine on my old computer... http://www.sunsetsound.com (yes, I used to be a web designer, but I'm really a nice guy, honest!)

    Anyway, I usually don't leave feedback on people's sites because almost all of them are not compatible across many browser (SmugMug anyone?), and it's one of those things you either care about or you don't. I'm quite picky about making a good first impression, so I've learned that for me, cross-compatibility is an absolute must.

    Good luck! (sorry to be so longwinded too)
  11. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    I don't care for it either. Reasons already mentioned
  12. Boy, thanks again y'all!!

    Good feedback because his Japanese "designer" keeps telling him the site is far better than most and very "modern"!!


  13. adrianaitken

    adrianaitken Guest

    Get rid of the spaces between the text on the titles - not only does it look 80's, the search engines won't index it properly so only by people like you asking people like me to go there directly will he get any hits.
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