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varuscelli
11-16-2006, 04:15 PM
Looks like we're going to have a photostringer.com now.

Because of the great level of response to this little project, I decided today to start work on removing the stringing machine photo project from my main website and to give it a place of its own.

While there's enough of a connection between this image library and what I do for a living as a photographer to justify keeping it there, I think I might end up doing an injustice to the tennis-related side of things by hiding it deep within my regular site and mixing it with things like weddings, portraits, and the like. So, this afternoon (after receiving roughly the 200th stringing machine photo of the day) I made a decision to give the project its own site.

If I don't take action and do this now, I'm afraid it's going to get really out of hand and be a monster for me to try and move later. So, before the image base gets too large, I'm going to put it all on a site called photostringer.com (Don't go there yet! All you'll see is my photography website.) It will likely take me a day or so to get this done, I'm guessing.

I hope this is the right thing to do, but as it is I run a half dozen or so basic sites and I really think this one deserves a place of its own. Potentially, it might grow into something significant enough that we'd want it found easily. If it has it's own domain name, that will make the project more of an entity of it's own and not a subcategory of a photography site.

I looked for some suitable names, but if you've ever done any searching for website names that are short and sweet, you soon find out that other Internet entrepreneurs have grabbed most them up.

But instead of trying to name it something like:

tennisracquetstringingmachinephotolibraryproject.c om

I found the shortest and sweetest name I could with the related terms "photo" and "stringer." And since it was available, I grabbed it.

Now we're going to have a photostringer.com site to post photos for this project. (Best I could think of for something that was actually available.)

That might sound like I'm going a bit overboard, but what have we got to lose? I don't mind hosting it. I've got that part down well enough with other sites that adding one more is no big deal. If it flounders, nothing's really lost other than the cost of the domain name and maybe $50 in hosting fees for the year. Then again, the way it's going we might end up with something really special on our hands.

As a side note, those guys at Alpha Tennis are smart. I already knew that, but as I was searching for website names, I figured out how well they planned ahead on their own website side. <big wink> (I know that's a mysteriously vague thing to say, but those guys are crafty AND provide good customer service. Cool!) :)

Al Ruscelli
vruscelli@houston.rr.com
http://www.photostringer.com

eunjam
11-16-2006, 04:36 PM
wow. this awesome. thanks again for your time and effort.

mellofelow
11-16-2006, 04:42 PM
Excellent! Give me a few days and I'll contribute some pictures of my old faithful Ektelon and the disposable Eagnas.

varuscelli
11-16-2006, 04:46 PM
I think this whole thing was an epiphany I didn't realize I was having.

It's been going on all week and I just caught on to it today. ;)

mellofelow
11-16-2006, 05:13 PM
I think this whole thing was an epiphany I didn't realize I was having.

It's been going on all week and I just caught on to it today. ;)

LOL... you mean you should create a category named 'Disposable' machines?:-D

Redflea
11-16-2006, 05:31 PM
Pretty awesome. Like the domain name very much, tells the story, short and sweet, easy to remember/type. I think you deserve a cookie. :D

Do you have a paypal account? I'd like to contribute to the cause/cost, if possible. Others might be interested as well. :)

Swissv2
11-16-2006, 05:52 PM
um, where are you going to host this website at? Hope you have a good host.

varuscelli
11-16-2006, 06:17 PM
LOL... you mean you should create a category named 'Disposable' machines?

Ha! :p

Pretty awesome. Like the domain name very much, tells the story, short and sweet, easy to remember/type. I think you deserve a cookie. :D

Do you have a paypal account? I'd like to contribute to the cause/cost, if possible. Others might be interested as well.

I get cookies from every site I visit. That's a lot of cookies in one day. I'm full...

No, on the costs, I'll just put it under my "returning the favor" category for what I get from the forums. Hopefully, it won't increase any website hosting costs dramatically. Calculating it in my head, I'm thinking about $5 extra per month to have it out there. Unless I have a decimal point misplaced by a couple of spots, I should be OK. But I do appreciate the offer. :)

um, where are you going to host this website at? Hope you have a good host.

Hmmm, in what way? Are we talking bandwidth allowances or uptime/downtime? Just want to make sure I'm covering all the bases as far as thinking things out.

My plan is to use my regular host that hosts my main photography website. Even though I have a photography site (with lots of associated photo bandwidth that gets used up based on current visitors), I don't seem to come anywhere close to exceeding my limits. If it's bandwidth issues, I can just monitor the usage and if it gets to where it's approaching my monthly limits, I'll see what I need to do at that point. Smaller images, maybe not so many images...or another host with more generous allowances. I dunno. But so far, I've never had a problem. Uptime seems good with them, too. But in reality, hosting the site under a different name shouldn't be all that much different than hosting the pages on my regular website like I was doing the last few days, in the long run. All the bandwidth comes out of my plan allowances whether it's one site or multiple sites, so I'm hoping it stays within limits. Traffic will of course increase, but hopefully not to a level where I'm penalized for it. At least, I hope not.

If I'm wrong, I'll come looking for Redflea and his PayPal account... :)

Redflea
11-16-2006, 07:04 PM
No, on the costs, I'll just put it under my "returning the favor" category for what I get from the forums. Hopefully, it won't increase any website hosting costs dramatically. Calculating it in my head, I'm thinking about $5 extra per month to have it out there. Unless I have a decimal point misplaced by a couple of spots, I should be OK. But I do appreciate the offer. :)

OK...let me know if you decide you'd like to put that addition on the house after all, and I'll drop some cabbage into your account... ;)

I know what you mean...I hosted a couple of hobby sites in the past for the benefit of others, and enjoyed it a lot while resisting all attempts of users to compensate me. Felt like more fun not getting any $ for it, and my costs, like yours, were small.

Enjoy! (I know we will!!)

varuscelli
11-16-2006, 07:40 PM
OK...let me know if you decide you'd like to put that addition on the house after all, and I'll drop some cabbage into your account... ;)

I'll need to put it into that previously metaphorical dog house I keep finding myself in. The dog, the Gamma and I can share a rooom... ;)

I know what you mean...I hosted a couple of hobby sites in the past for the benefit of others, and enjoyed it a lot while resisting all attempts of users to compensate me. Felt like more fun not getting any $ for it, and my costs, like yours, were small.

Enjoy! (I know we will!!)


Yeah, it's halfway a therapy thing for me. Kind of work and kind of enjoyment at the same time. It pays it's own dividends in a way.

theace21
11-16-2006, 08:54 PM
A great idea - gets even better.

varuscelli
11-16-2006, 10:18 PM
A great idea - gets even better.

Translation: A semi-insane idea moves even further toward the brink.

I hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew with this thing. http://www.turtletimes.com/Forums/style_emoticons/default/unsure.gif (http://javascript<b></b>:add_smilie()

But I think I'll keep pluggin' along for a while and see what happens. ;)

And seriously, thanks for the all support. You guys could have shot this idea down pretty quickly without the encouragement and help. No joke.

varuscelli
11-17-2006, 09:59 AM
Argh, this is a pain. I'm accustomed to putting basic websites together and putting them on line, but I've never tried to extract a smaller "site" from a larger one to make another standalone site. (The larger one has something like 200 pages and several thousand photo images, so the task is somewhat complex.)

It's getting there, but half of my links are haywire because they were originally a part of www.ruscelli.com (http://www.ruscelli.com), so now random links in the new site (www.photostringer.com (http://www.photostringer.com)) link back to pages on ruscelli.com.

I'm trying to automate as much of the fixes as I can, but it's still time consuming. And I'm using Microsoft FrontPage, which is relatively simple to use but lacking in certain sophisticated functions. (And my own knowledge is sadly lacking in certain aspects of FrontPage use that could actually be helping me. Been using it for quite a few years, but I only use the tools I need, so when I do a new major task, it's like relearning parts of the program.)

In any case, I hope to have the whole fixed site out there by some time today.

You can likely still visit the site, but it will look just the same as the other "site" I've been posting the images to. But here's the link to the new site:

www.photostringer.com (http://www.photostringer.com)

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LttlElvis
11-17-2006, 10:09 AM
Many thanks to you varuscelli. I am sure everyone here cannot tell you how much we appreciate your efforts.

Mike Cottrill
11-17-2006, 02:28 PM
varuscelli,
Did you use a EOS 1D Mark II to take those pictures? On sweet camera, do you use 8fps much?
Back to tennis,
I know you got tons of photos sent to you. Do you need photos of a klippermate or Alpha Apex (not the Apex II).
Thanks
Mike

varuscelli
11-17-2006, 04:05 PM
varuscelli,
Did you use a EOS 1D Mark II to take those pictures? On sweet camera, do you use 8fps much?

Hi, Mike

Yeah, a couple of the cameras I use Canon 1D Mark II. I occasionally use it in 8 frame-per-second mode. I've got a few shots of Agassi serving using that mode (Agassi versus Federer) from 2003 in Houston. I have a website based on building "coffee table photo albums" and on a page of that site there are a few of those photos as samples of one of my book mock-ups.

Here's a sample image (a composite) from that page (but I've actually deleted some of the images captured in the sequence). These were taken from pretty far up in the stands, though.

http://www.coffeetablephotoalbums.com/images/1213web.jpg

varuscelli
11-17-2006, 04:10 PM
Back to tennis,
I know you got tons of photos sent to you. Do you need photos of a klippermate or Alpha Apex (not the Apex II).
Thanks
Mike

Yes!

I'd like those very much. They'd help to fill in some gaps.

I don't have any user photos of Klippermate and don't the the Alpha Apex (got the Apex II, but want both).

You can e-mail them to either address, below (unless you'd prefer to post them somewhere). Thanks! :)

Al Ruscelli
vruscelli@houston.rr.com

LttlElvis
11-17-2006, 06:11 PM
Al,

I was at that Federer vs. Agassi match too. I am actually sitting right behind that middle Agassi pic.

varuscelli
11-17-2006, 06:19 PM
Al,

I was at that Federer vs. Agassi match too. I am actually sitting right behind that middle Agassi pic.

Ha! Do you remember how high up you were in the stands? I might actually have a photo that shows you. These were all cropped down and if you weren't too high up -- like I was -- I might have something has you in it. :)

You were behind the baseline, right?

LttlElvis
11-17-2006, 06:32 PM
I was actually sitting a few rows above that north west ground entrance. I had seats right on the aisle. It is behind the middle pic.

Redflea
11-17-2006, 09:32 PM
http://www.coffeetablephotoalbums.com/images/1213web.jpg

That's freakin' gorgeous...wish I was getting married again*, you'd be my photog...

* Oops, hope my wife isn't reading this forum... ;)