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Bauer Photography

arrival page betrays site's depth of beauty

In the original review request of Thomas Bauer, the author commented: This is the site for my personal Gallery, representing my work, as a photographer with above average computer skills, it reflects: My Life, Personality and Talents. (My Work Shows You Me)
Reviewed by: Bennie C. Taylor
"My Work Shows You Me," said Thomas Bauer when he submitted his web site for review.
      The images he offers reveal a person who is very tuned in to the sights of the world around him - even to noticing the tiny details of an insect and describing qualities we might otherwise fail to appreciate. For example, the wolf spider is not a lovely creature, but Bauer's photo is most appealing. His observations and comments are interesting and help keep the visitor's attention while the image loads.
      After we click on a thumbnail, we are offered the choice of waiting for the large image to download or switching to the download of a smaller version. An alternate method that might save even more time for those with slow connections: offer a choice of sizes to be viewed beneath each thumbnail.
      This is not a business site. However, one can order signed prints of some of these photos. PayPal is installed for this purpose. But I think a potential "donor" needs a bit more information. We are told, "All donations go to YCS Research and development support divisions D100 fund. And this web-site." What exactly is YCS? What is Swamp Angel Studio? Tell me why I should fund a "team" I know nothing about.
Consider an overhaul
These photos deserve to be displayed against a simple and neutral background with no distracting buttons, etc. Either use a black background or perhaps the gray which is the background for many of the large images. I would keep the nice, simple framing of the photos -- and would scrap the splash page with its magenta buttons, counters, and the like.
      The home page needs only a banner or identifier plus a few words of welcome, a little information about the photographer, and an explanation of the viewing options available. The multi-colored fancy, and almost unreadable, links, should be replaced by simple and descriptive text links.
      The first set of thumbnails could go here or on the next page depending upon how much text the author wants to include. One other item - correct all spelling and grammatical errors in order to show off this work to best advantage.
Posted: 4/2/2003

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