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 varina.patel@gmail.com. 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.

4 replies
  1. Seung Kye Lee
    Seung Kye Lee says:

    Hello Varina and Jay.

    Nice to see you have used your time well!
    This is a big improvement and I like the clean and focused experience…all about the photographs and your words and less about background and other stuff.
    Really like this layout, Varina, and I think you did a fantastic job!

    I had a summer clean-up myself and chose a lay-out that goes well with my main site. And, most of all, my blog was thoroughly “cleansed”, but still has the vital links and such at the bottom. Check it out here: http://www.seungkyelee.wordpress.com. Would love to hear ideas to improve further or just comments.

    Anyway, I hope summer light is treating you both well these days and look forward to see more fresh work.

    Best Wishes
    Seung Kye

  2. Varina Patel
    Varina Patel says:

    Thanks, Seung Kye! Your site is looking great! My favorites are always your coastal shots. You have a fantastic collection. Thanks for taking the time to comment… and for pointing us to your site as well.


  3. Suyog
    Suyog says:

    This is a beautiful theme!! Clean and very appealing. I am a big sucker for clean layouts and this is really well done!! The other parts of the site are also very well done – love the new homepage! And wordpress is wonderful isn’t it :) :) – Enjoy your holiday!!

    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      Thanks, Suyog. :) I made quite a few modifications… turns out I’m a bit of a control freak. ;) But I’m very happy with the end result. We will work on integrating the design of the downloads page as time permits. For now, I’m just happy to have everything up and running!

      Thanks again for the suggestion!


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