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Local Connections - USA => The Islands => Hawaii => Topic started by: Ozzi on November 06, 2009, 05:58:30 PM

Title: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Ozzi on November 06, 2009, 05:58:30 PM
Hey guys, I need your help. Lately I have been working on improving the site. One of the things I want to do is to add a background to the sides of it, something hawaiian pk looking.

If you guys have any suggestions please let me know. This is what you got to play with.
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c29/ozzi_21/hipkbackgroundtest.jpg)

Remember it will split, and the site scrolls down. It cant be to OUT THERE either for the main purpose is just to make the site appealing while still directing the focus to the center.

You guys can play with that and submit your ideas, we will discuss them and go from there. 
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Ozzi on November 06, 2009, 07:48:39 PM
This is my fav so far, got a few others though.

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c29/ozzi_21/HIpk%20BG/3.jpg)

Keep in mind that you can scroll down on the site, unfortunately I cant take a full screen shoot of the page. But if you were to scroll down you would see the rest. I am choosing pics that were taken "sideways" so that they are longer than they are wider and wont have to repeat the pic as you scroll down.

You can see the rest, with their respective original pic here.
http://s24.photobucket.com/albums/c29/ozzi_21/HIpk%20BG/

I will also be working with whichever pic is chosen, so that its a little faded or better contrast. Again, I dont want it to take the eye away from what matters most which is the content itself.
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Ozzi on November 09, 2009, 08:10:27 PM
Anybody home?
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: BearMills on November 09, 2009, 08:22:25 PM
(http://img130.imageshack.us/img130/9352/newdesigncopy.jpg) (http://img130.imageshack.us/i/newdesigncopy.jpg/)


Here's a thought
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Ozzi on November 09, 2009, 08:41:04 PM
Not sure how that would fit on the background though. Might just look weird, as in not fitting. Thanks though.
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: BearMills on November 09, 2009, 08:55:52 PM
Yeah I see what you mean
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Stacie on November 09, 2009, 09:23:35 PM
I like the flippy background, actually. =)  Best one so far.
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Ozzi on November 09, 2009, 09:58:41 PM
Hey bro, sick sig, You think you can make it a bit smaller though.
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: BearMills on November 09, 2009, 10:13:25 PM
Dammit i was just thinking that yeah ill do it tomorrow I'm wiped out. I decked out primate style if you haven't noticed  ;). Yeah i like the flips in the backround so i'd keep it that way!
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Ozzi on November 10, 2009, 02:23:39 AM
It is either that, or this
(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c29/ozzi_21/HIpk%20BG/2.jpg)

I think this one brings out the site more.
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: BearMills on November 10, 2009, 07:01:18 AM
I think i like the forest more. You're right it brings out the site a bit more!
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Gregg HIPK on November 10, 2009, 11:50:57 AM
I prefer the forest. Of course ;D

Is it too attention getting? We want it to complement the main site, not distract. Right now my eyes go to the forest on the left side, and just stay there. Even when they glance over to the HIpk banner, they return to the left forest.

Maybe blur it, to lose some of the detail? I love the rich color, and it would be a shame to wash it out/ desaturate it.
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Derek broussard on November 11, 2009, 11:39:10 AM
Email was already sent to Ozzi, 

 But my idea was too have a photo jam, get a couple guys with a camera  walking around during the jam  taking photos.   After the jam the photos are edited and voted(?)  The top 20 or so are made into a "film strip" layout that scroll down the sides. 

 This way the website is more personal for you guys

  As A side note im pretty sure I would be able to get some sick shots .
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: BearMills on November 11, 2009, 12:03:41 PM
I prefer the forest. Of course ;D

Is it too attention getting? We want it to complement the main site, not distract. Right now my eyes go to the forest on the left side, and just stay there. Even when they glance over to the HIpk banner, they return to the left forest.

Maybe blur it, to lose some of the detail? I love the rich color, and it would be a shame to wash it out/ desaturate it.

hmm i wouldn't blur it at all. It brings out the site more and that's coming from a pro. Photographer. It's nice and i'd keep it like that or you could add a volcano erupting in the back.. just some ideas
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Gregg HIPK on November 11, 2009, 01:27:08 PM
As A side note im pretty sure I would be bale to get some sick shots .

When I first read this, I thought you were going to BAIL for us, so we could use shots of that ;D

The only volcanic eruption you can see right now is on Big Island. It's not something that inspires you to go out and train, unless you're training to get away from it. The forest photo is a great PHOTO, but as a background, it's too attention grabbing. My opinion, my experience. I end up looking at the photo, and not at the site.

By throwing in a motion blur of 20 px, I still get the color, but lose a lot of the detail. My mind gets bored of it after a couple seconds, and goes to the site, as it should.

Plus, the concept becomes "we're moving through the forest" rather than "we're sitting in the forest looking at all the beautiful plants." It's an added bonus.
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Michael Himes on November 16, 2009, 12:45:50 AM
I like the ones guys idea, a photo mash. I was thinking that same thing before I clicked the topic even ^^. If we use a mash up of all the different community members it brings us together as that, a community.

I also like the forest idea, as long as you go ahead and blur it like Greg said, cause I agree it was way distracting.
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Derek broussard on November 17, 2009, 08:48:15 PM
Here is a rough example of what I had in mind.

film strip
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_WG-TDpeIxfo/SwN11sHR33I/AAAAAAAAFn8/hEMoY0dOp0g/s144/filmstripexm.jpg)

and mixed into the site, obviously the images would scroll to show more.

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_WG-TDpeIxfo/SwN1zT4FBsI/AAAAAAAAFn4/3bJNy3GwgaE/s144/hipk%20background.jpg)


 Again I want this too be of the whole Hipk community  and think it would be pretty sweet to do it in a  photo jam. I don't want to be the only photographer out there, I think it would awesome to see everybody's interpretation of the art
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Stacie on November 17, 2009, 09:21:10 PM
Here is a rough example of what I had in mind.

film strip
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_WG-TDpeIxfo/SwN11sHR33I/AAAAAAAAFn8/hEMoY0dOp0g/s144/filmstripexm.jpg)

and mixed into the site, obviously the images would scroll to show more.

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_WG-TDpeIxfo/SwN1zT4FBsI/AAAAAAAAFn4/3bJNy3GwgaE/s144/hipk%20background.jpg)


 Again I want this too be of the whole Hipk community  and think it would be pretty sweet to do it in a  photo jam. I don't want to be the only photographer out there, I think it would awesome to see everybody's interpretation of the art

*thumbs up* Those pics look excellent as a background.
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Gregg HIPK on November 18, 2009, 02:06:52 PM
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_WG-TDpeIxfo/SwN1zT4FBsI/AAAAAAAAFn4/3bJNy3GwgaE/s144/hipk%20background.jpg)

I love your pics. From the thumbnail, the background is more attention-getting than the content.
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Ozzi on November 18, 2009, 02:12:52 PM
I fugure if we actually make it look like a film strip, that can be done in photoshop. I might be able to do so.
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Derek broussard on November 18, 2009, 02:59:31 PM
I love your pics. From the thumbnail, the background is more attention-getting than the content.

 I don't think that the images being attention grabbing are a bad thing... Its my opinion that parkour is attention grabbing, only a small group of us choose to move in an undomesticated fashion. Which makes us stand out like sore thumbs.

 But my argument is that there is nothing on the HIPk page that NEEDS your undivided attention, No big words, complex equation,  mind numbing riddles.  let the photos of our community make us stand out.

  Also just relized, how often do actual members of this site look at the HIPK site. Im assuming that most go directly to the apk-hi forums?  if this is the case them the HIpk site is more for local introductions to the art.
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Michael Himes on November 18, 2009, 03:11:43 PM
I only look at the middle for a split second to see if there is something new. But other than that I go to the forums. So yeah, the site would be for those just checking out the community and if they do they they'd be focused on the page. It doesn't seem like it'd distract that bad anyways.
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Gregg HIPK on November 18, 2009, 03:31:14 PM
...there is nothing on the HIPk page that NEEDS your undivided attention, No big words, complex equation,  mind numbing riddles.  let the photos of our community make us stand out.

  Also just relized, how often do actual members of this site look at the HIPK site. Im assuming that most go directly to the apk-hi forums?  if this is the case them the HIpk site is more for local introductions to the art.

Hmmm... this might solve your problem, Ozzi...

Since there's nothing that NEEDS undivided attention... and most people come to the APK forum... let's replace the front page "news" area with a Twitter feed. You can update it from a cell phone, or pc, and tinyurl link to the APK article or forum. That would reduce the daily maintenance to one or two tweets, as opposed to writing a long post.

First I was being sarcastic, but now I'm thinking it might actually do the job, and be a lot easier. Your thoughts?

Then we can fill some of the other area with some of the best photos. Community in action...
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: turtlekarma on November 18, 2009, 03:41:02 PM
I really like the photo strip idea.  I think it'd get people pretty stoked to see themselves up on the site...would probably get HIPK name out there with people showing others pics of themselves on the website.  Maybe put HIPK website water mark on them?
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Ozzi on November 19, 2009, 01:08:11 PM
I like your idea Ryan. HIpk watermars with the site or something. Ill work on somthing this weekend.
Title: Re: Image background for HIpk site.
Post by: Gregg HIPK on November 19, 2009, 01:39:29 PM
I don't think we need a big watermark. Maybe a little thing in the corner, like the bluewaterdreamz.com on the Pali pics. It's not too big, but it's readable.