New Photo Blog – Israel Photos

For the past three and a half years, my wife and I have been using a pocket-sized point-and-shoot digital camera to try and capture our future memories. Although it has and continues to serve us well, we are very often frustrated with the amount of time it takes to capture a picture, from start to finish. While it is fine for taking shots of landscapes, when taking pictures of little kids, we often have less than a second in which to get what we want on film before the moment is lost (and more often than not, we are not able to capture it in time). So using some gift money we just purchased our new camera, a Nikon D40 (I wanted to get a DSLR, and according to reviews that I read, it is a very goof "beginner" camera for this class of cameras. So far it has lived up to expectations). It takes awesome, crisp pictures, and works fast (instant start-up, up to 2.5 pictures per second).

Of course, with such a fun new toy at my disposal, I can’t help but try out my hand at some amateur photography. And since I just can’t help but do so whenever I inaugurate a new hobby or area of interest, I have created a new blog to share my work: Israel Photos (RSS). The common theme with all of the pictures displayed is that all are taken in Israel (where I live). Beyond that, the subject matter will be quite varied.

I researched some of the different options for photo blogs, and in the end settled on using WordPress with the YAPB (Yet Another PhotoBlog) plugin. I am used to setting up and customizing WordPress blogs, and I like how the plugin leverages the strengths of WordPress while adding the functionality needed to modify the default operation of the software as required. And since this is running off of WordPress, I could integrate other WP plugins down the line, if necessary. Although I will probably change some of the colors down the line, I am right now using the Grain theme, a theme specifically designed to work with YAPB. Setup for all of these components (including some minor customization of the theme) was very straightforward.

Please let me know what you think – I would appreciate the feedback. (An easy way to see thumbnails of all photos posted so far is through the mosaic page. My favorites to date: Rotting Pomegranate, Purple Flower with Dew and Old Woman Swinging).

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3 Responses to New Photo Blog – Israel Photos

  1. Johannes says:

    Hi Yaakov –

    Thanks for your review ;-)

    Greets from Salzburg,


  2. Ellen says:

    I just got a new Nikon D40 too… isn’t it a great camera?

    I’ve also set up a photoblog using Grain theme, as you have… I am curious how you got your Mosaic page to display more than 10 photos at a time. Is there a special setting?

  3. Yaakov Ellis says:

    Yeah, I am loving the D40. Very easy to use, nice advanced features, takes great shots.

    You can set the number of photos to be displayed on the Mosaic Page by going to WP Admin > Presentation > Nav Bar, and set the value for Photos Per Page in the Mosaic Page Link section (and click save). Note: this will only work when Grain is your selected template.

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