MJD-S Photography
January 27, 2010 9:41 AM   Subscribe

MJD-S Photography
I'm finally coming out of the closet and calling myself a photographer. This is my new portfolio site with a range of photographs in different categories including food, people and places. Please note that I can't be held responsible for any weird sensations you get from licking your screen.
posted by gomichild (26 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

It's nothing like a professional photographer's site - it's well-designed and easy to navigate. Add some pointless widgets ASAP.
posted by Abiezer at 1:42 PM on January 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

Dammit I knew I'd gone wrong somewhere!
posted by gomichild at 2:21 PM on January 27, 2010

Your photos of food made me hungry. I think I'm about to go make myself some delicious Ramen Noodles.

If I may suggest one thing: when researching portfolio website "etiquette" before making my own, I found one piece of advice to be overwhelmingly helpful and logical. It's easier to navigate a website if some basic links are called what people are used to. In other words, "About" or "About me" is better than "Information" or "Who I am". Don't know if it makes sense to you too, but I thought I'd mention it.
posted by wet-raspberry at 3:00 PM on January 27, 2010

Thanks for the feedback wet-raspberry.

I chose "Information" because it fits better into the navigation format, About would have been too short. So it was a design decision, but I think it's pretty clear.
posted by gomichild at 3:45 PM on January 27, 2010

I licked the sliver of my screen that said "delicious". Now the pixels don't light up. What should I do? Hope me, gomi!
posted by special-k at 9:31 PM on January 27, 2010

Keep licking until the pixels reappear obviously!
posted by gomichild at 11:27 PM on January 27, 2010

I'm running Chrome on a PC w/XP, and there's some weirdness going on when I open each gallery page. The thumbnails appear, and then the first enlarged image may flicker on but then disappears. Once I click on several other thumbnails (which open their enlarged versions fine) I can then click on the first thumbnail and have it's enlarged version open successfully.

Also, I think your food images are the strongest, and your people images the weakest. I do love that picture of the two girls in the red kimonos.
posted by imjustsaying at 10:33 AM on January 28, 2010

Thanks imjustsaying. I'll have to look at the jquery in regards to Chrome.
posted by gomichild at 4:45 PM on January 28, 2010

Thanks imjustsaying. I'll have to look at the jquery in regards to Chrome.

It may have something to do with what I did earlier. Sorry.
posted by special-k at 7:03 PM on January 28, 2010

Do most people use a larger size screen than me? I had to use the slider on the side to see the whole picture.
posted by rakish_yet_centered at 8:46 PM on January 28, 2010

Beautiful pictures, gomichild. Love it!
posted by biochemist at 8:34 PM on January 29, 2010

rakish_yet_centered : The large images are only 600 px with 600 px and a bit of padding at the top - it fits snugly onto a slimmed down browser on a 13" Macbook which is the smallest size I allowed for without scrolling.

Thanks biochemist!
posted by gomichild at 8:44 PM on January 29, 2010

Gorgeous photography!
posted by Wuggie Norple at 7:10 AM on January 30, 2010

>Also, I think your food images are the strongest, and your people images the weakest. I do love that picture of the two girls in the red kimonos.

Heh, I just came in to say that the people portraits alone are worth a trip to the site! Favourites are balancing turtles, damn lead (such a great capture!), amazed at dolphin and laughing bear.

And the website itself deserves a special mention for fast loading, linkable urls per photo and general ease of navigation. Brilliant job!
posted by ceri richard at 7:18 AM on January 30, 2010

I was impressed. Good stuff. Send me food.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:30 AM on January 30, 2010

Thanks very much Wuggie Norple, ceri richard and cjorgensen!

*wraps up the banana and papaya bread she just made, sticks stamps on it*
posted by gomichild at 7:52 AM on January 30, 2010

What a lovely site, with amazing photography. I think you might have just inspired me to come out of the photography closet, too.
posted by cooker girl at 8:00 AM on January 30, 2010

Thanks cooker girl. You should totally do it!
posted by gomichild at 4:26 PM on January 30, 2010

A+ for interface, A++ for photography :) beautiful stuff!
posted by Salvor Hardin at 10:14 AM on February 1, 2010

Very nice. Bonus points for not posting every damn detail about the equipment used under each photo :)
posted by daniel_charms at 2:02 PM on February 1, 2010

Thanks Salvor Hardin and daniel_charms!
posted by gomichild at 3:37 PM on February 1, 2010

You have some shots I'm interested in buying. Love your website but couldn't find a way to order a print . . . do you sell them?
posted by bearwife at 2:23 PM on February 2, 2010

Oh bearwife I have some up on redbubble available as cards or small prints, if the one you are after isn't up there already please send me a mefi mail and I'll see what I can do.
posted by gomichild at 3:56 PM on February 2, 2010

Mmmpics *drools*
posted by Hastur at 4:06 PM on February 2, 2010

I'm all the way over in Istanbul, and most sites tend to load slow. Photographer's websites are usually excruciatingly slow. Yours loaded quite quickly, so good job. I'm going to be a bit tough in my review of your site, only because I would want the same done for me. Feel free to take my comments with a grain of salt. :)

Your food photography is excellent. They're sharp, bright, and really bring out the texture of the food. They really do make me hungry! :) The bento one, however, is a little soft, even in the center. Try to choose only the best of the best for your portfolio.

A lot of your photos feel like they're just slightly too cropped. Maybe this was done for your site, but try coming back a few inches.

I agree with the the above posters, your portraits are your weakest work. This one is fantastic; sharp, bright... The photo of the two girls is cute, but chopping the tops of their heads off kinda kills it for me. If you went so tight because you were trying to cut something else out of your frame, then take a step back, and try again from a different angle.

Also, make sure every photo either tells a story, or is simply fantastic art. This one, for example, could really use a caption, as it's hard to tell what exactly is happening in the photo.

On your information page, try telling us a little more about you! Where do you come from, what is your background, what are you passionate about...

Give your readers a reason to come back to your site: a blog. I've been to many great photographer's websites before, and fallen in love with their photography, but I rarely visit the site again unless they have a blog, or obviously update their content often.

I know some of that might have been a bit harsh. Your photography is great, and your websites is easy to navigate. So keep on doing what you're doing!
posted by hasna at 9:31 AM on February 4, 2010

Thanks for the feedback hasna. Wasn't too harsh at all - I'm pretty aware of the areas I need to work on.

I won't be blogging on the site except for twitter, I'm linking it into my current blog instead which has already been going for several years. The purpose of the site is really to just be a showcase, and I'm likely to post about site changes through other avenues at this point in time.
posted by gomichild at 10:22 PM on February 6, 2010

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