Site & Photo Info
My Site's Name: The first thing I'd like to address, as I'm sure everyone is going to ask, is how I arrived at the name "PHOTO SNAQS". Originally, I was thinking of something like "Pano-Scapes" (since my first interest was shooting panoramic landscapes). However, I never settled on that name as it felt too contrived, so I moved on to "Photoscapes" next. Unfortunately, that web address was taken (and has been for years). After several iterations of that name (all being taken), I tried variations including "Vistas", and even went full-Italian with "Vista Facino" (Captivating Views). Fortunately (or rather unfortunately) that name was still available, so I went ahead and bought the domain address. The next morning when I woke up I had already forgotten the exact name (and if I couldn't even remember it, then I'm not sure many of you would either), so I decided it was too obscure, and went back to brainstorming. Inspiration finally struck while on vacation. I was telling my cousin about a music-related facebook group I'm in, and thought about playing off of that name.
So, back to PHOTO SNAQS. It's short and catchy (and hopefully easy to remember). It has "photo" in the title to avoid obscurity, and should generate some easy hits from online searches. Adding "snaqs" creates a name that is unique, and together they express what you'll get here. Think of it as little photo treats for your eyes, and something out of the ordinary to indulge your mind!
My Favorite Subjects: Landscapes, Cityscapes, Architecture, and Large Scale Art (such as statues, monuments & sculptures). And my intentions of this site are to create a place where I can store these glimpses of objects that interested me & places that affected me; and to provide a way to share these experiences with others.
If you enjoy an image enough that you would like your own copy, then you're in luck because they are also for sale! And all proceeds will go to paying off my Architecture student loans.
Aspect Ratios: The galleries are laid out beginning with panoramic images and then moving onto the standard aspect images. If you happen to see 2 images in a gallery that look very similar, one is most likely a panoramic, while the other is a standard crop. This is also integrated into the file naming convention I'm using.
XX-XXX-XXXX-XX. The first 2 letters refer to the collection, the second 3 letters refer to the gallery, the third 4 letters refer to the aspect (pano being panoramic, and detl being detail or standard), and the fourth set of 2 numbers refers to the image number. So for example "LI-RHD-DETL-01" would be Long Island Collection, Riverhead Gallery, Detail #01.
When I take single photos it's easy to align the camera's view finder to capture just what I want within a standard photo size. However, when it comes to panoramic views it takes many images to get the whole scene, making it difficult to determine exactly where my virtual boundaries are, to fit within a specific ratio. After I get home and recompile the images, I then choose from one of my own standard proportions that best captures the view.
Image Sizes: Based on printing specifications and as a means to provide several options to you, I've settled on image heights of 6", 8", 12", 16" & 20". The lengths are based on the photo's aspect. My Standard/Detail proportions are square/rectangle: 1.0x1 and 1.5x1, while my Panoramic proportions are elongated rectangles: 2.0x1, 2.5x1, 3.0x1. So for example, if you choose a panoramic image with a cropped aspect ratio of 2.5x1, then you could get it at: 9"x13.5", 12"x30", 16"x40" or 20"x50" (provided all sizes are available, which I'll go into next). These options are all built into the purchasing section, I just wanted to explain why you may come across different sizes as you browse the photos.
Variations In Image Size: I began shooting with my mid-range point-and-shoot camera of 5 megapixels for most of the first year. Then I tried out one of my uncle's DSLRs of 10 megapixels for a few months. And then finally upgraded my point-and-shoot to a DSLR of 12 megapixels. So, some of the older images are limited in the size by the gear I had at the time and may only be available in 9" or 12" heights, while images taken with the DSLRs of greater resolution may be available up to 16" or even 20" in height (based on the scene and the editing process). Once again this will all be built into each image, but I felt it was important to explain why some images have different options.
Printing/Shipping: One thing to note is that the shipping times will be a little different for standard prints vs panoramic prints. The standard photos will be a fully automated process. As soon as you purchase these items, the photo lab will being to print them, and they will send them directly to you after completed. The panoramics, however, will take a little longer since their sizes are not one of the standard sizes offered for the fully-automaded process. I could have them print it on a bigger sheet, but they do not trim the excess border before shipping. I could let them scale the photos to the size of the paper, but that would mean that the image would either be cropped (missing part of the image) or it would be stretched (and would become distorted). So, what I have settled on is the following: After you purchase a panoramic print from this site I will receive a message. From there I will upload the image to the printers and have them print it on a sheet that the whole image will fit on. From there they will send it to me, and I will trim off the excess border. As a bonus, I will be hand signing & numbering the back of the image as a personal touch. From there I will re-seal the image in its shipping tube and drop it off to be shipped to you.
So, based on the above you can expect to receive standard photos 3-4 days after printing, and panoramics 10-12 days after printing (based on the time of day that the package is delivered to me and weekends/holidays).
Stats: Over the past 2 years of serious interest in photography I've taken about 15,000 images. Of those, I've whittled it down to an opening collection of 385 images in 77 galleries placed in 12 collections, that I'm satisfied with.
Experiences/Stories: (Coming soon)