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January 2009 - Florian Freundt

Florian Freundt

Shooting : Snow, -5°C and the setting sun

I took the photograph above this evening while I was walking through the woods, at -5°C and about 20 cm of snow. It shows my hometown Lemgo, covered by snow, lit by the setting sun. The last couple of days were unusually cold and brought much snow, but the weather was great for some really nice (and really cold) photo tours. I have got about 4000 unprocessed photos waiting on my disk, to be sorted and developed whenever I find the time.

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Both images were shot with the Nikon D200 and a Nikon 70-300 F4.5-5-6 VR lens that I lent from my father. It’s a remarkable little lens that seems to be easily on par with my Sigma 70-200 F2.8 when it’s used stopped down for landscapes.

There might be a better shots within those files I brought home today, but I decided to pick out a few shots quickly every time I’m out shooting and blog them. They may or may not end up on my portfolio page and/or on DeviantArt, but this is exactly the kind of photographs I’d like to use this blog for.

Starting a WordPress blog

It’s quite easy! Yesterday I had no knowledge of WordPress or mySQL at all, today I have a blog online using these tools (I guess it would be safe to say that the knowledge part hasn’t changed much…). Installation was pretty straightforward, creating the database at my webspace host and installing WordPress was smooth and simple.

As someone caring much about the design, choosing a theme was much harder. The WordPress site has a large selection of themes available, but I didn’t find something suiting my needs and taste. Having decided to create one myself I soon discovered that it wouldn’t be as easy as skinning Winamp back in 2003. My Google searches lead me to the Sandbox theme, a template theme that one can customize by editing a CSS style sheet. And further I discovered the really nice Moo-Point Theme by Will Wilkins, which is based on Sandbox and was nearly perfect for my needs. A few tweaks based on my rudimentary understanding of CSS lead me to the theme you see being used here now, it’s basically Moo-Point with color changes and removed dotted lines. Thanks to Will for this beautiful design!

Instead of writing the posts from inside the WordPress dashboard I use the free Microsoft Live Writer, so far it has proven to be really practical.