I want to welcome all of you to the new and improved Photography by Varina! Some time ago, I put up a post asking for feedback on a new blog design, and one of our readers suggested we try Word Press. (Thanks, Suyog!) I did a little research, and decided I was happy with Blogger… but I kept thinking about the possibilities… and the rest is history! Photography by Varina version 4.0 is now live and happily humming along. My blog and website are now available from the same domain – and you can find all the information you need in one place.
So – what’s new? The most obvious change is the color scheme. No more black. I know some will object, but I wanted a lighter and brighter look to the site. You’ll still get a darker background when you click on individual images, which should help with the slide show experience.
But the color change is the least of the changes. All our old blog posts are archived and available… but I’ve integrated some nice functionality as well. The site is now fully searchable – you can use the little search box at the top of the page to look for anything you like. Of course, you can still browse my galleries, too. I’ve mixed things up a bit – you’ll find images sorted by category (deserts, mountains and canyons, water, etc.) rather than location… click on “Explore” for a listing of all the galleries. You can click on any image, and see a larger view – and you can view the collection as a slide show, too. I’ve also added lots of new images for those who are tired of my older photographs. ;) And the best part? The new site is much easier for me to update, so I’ll be able to keep it dynamic.
I’d love to hear what you think! I want the site to be as functional and intuitive as possible, so please feel free to offer suggestions or comments. Most pages have a comment box at the bottom of the page, so feel free to post a comment there – or send me a direct email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope the new design and functionality are to everyone’s liking!
And thanks to ALL of you, for visiting my site. I hope you enjoy the photos, and maybe even learn something new.