Photography has changed a lot since I bought my first house back in 1996….
The earliest pictures on this site (1996-2003) were taken with a Pentax 35mm film camera. Back in those days, there was no way of knowing the quality of a picture until it was developed. You simply took a picture or two and hoped for the best. Therefore, the pictures on this website that were taken at that time are not always the best quality. Those images have been scanned from 4×6 prints
In 2003, I finally went digital, using a Fuji Finepix camera with a maximum resolution of 3 megapixels. However, because the prevailing belief at the time was that images on the web were displayed at 72 ppi, most pictures destined for the website were taken using the 72 ppi setting on the camera.
Around 2006 we upgraded to a 7 mp Canon Powershot, but again, the majority of photos for the website were taken at lower resolution.
Since the summer of 2012, I have been using a Sony Alpha NEX-5N. I now take all pictures at the highest resolution possible.
I use Paint.net (free software– you can check it out here) to adjust image and file sizes. Deciding on a maximum image size has not been simple. I wanted to be respectful of visitors who don’t have unlimited data plans. I wanted to find the best compromise between speed, quality and data usage. But standards change. Therefore, maximum image sizes vary.
Sorry for the lack of consistency, but that comes as a result of the website being around for so long.
Other images and graphics
Other images and graphics on this website come from a variety of sources, whether free or paid. Credit has been given wherever required. Please contact me with any concerns regarding my usage of images on this website.
Using my images and graphics on your site
Please contact me. In most cases I will have no problem granting the use of any images that I have created. I can also let you know what permissions are required for using other graphics or images.