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January 13, 2018

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I believe that I have worked out the bugs and performance problems with allowing you to share individual photos to Facebook from the individual galleries. Please give it a try and let me know if you encounter any problems trying to share the photos. I hope to add sharing to the other popular services soon.

I have the image above, and two other photos that form a single "piece" in the Falls Church Arts focus show that is running through February 3rd. You can see the other photos on Facebook and tell me what you think.

I have been spending some time over the last few weeks to scan in some of my old transparencies both for my whitewater racing friends in the 1989 Slalom and the Wildwater (Downriver) World Championships, the 79 Slalom Trials and the 79 World Championships, and for my Wilderness and other galleries. I really appreciate all the comments from my old friends in the whitewater racing community on the photos in the Facebook albums.

I am still scanning and correcting photos, so there will be more old photos in the New Images gallery and on the Facebook page soon.

Thank you for the comments and purchase of the photos from the 63rd Virigina Field Hunter Championships on Novemebr 5th at Will Coleman's beautiful Tivoli farm.

I went out to Great Falls National Park back in November to get some photos of the rising, almost, full moon, and found the Potomac at a level I used to love. The paddlers at Rocky Island ceratinly seemed to be having a good time as I got those photos before headed back up to capture the moon. You'll find the moon rise photos in the New Photos gallery.

In addition to the photo above in the focus show, I have several more photos in 2017 Solar Eclipse gallery. I had hoped to get close enough to the Tetons to use them in a series of images tracking the sun as it was eclipsed. That also would have put Elena and me in the path where we would have had two and a half minutes of totality. With the smoke from the wildfires, and other factors, I couldn't get the image I hoped, so I pulled out my big zoom and captured these closer images, while I also grabbed some shots to set the scene (with Elena's help) using both my D800 and my iPhone.

Website Updates

A friend and customer pointed out that she found it difficult to keep track of which images were in her cart, and she didn't like having to zoom into the photos to reach the "Buy a Print/Copy" button. To address her first concern, I changed the border around and added an icon below the thumbnail images that are in your cart. I added a "Buy" button to the thaumbnail view of the galleries.

The website also will do a better job keeping track of your place when you do add items to your shopping cart, so the "Keep Shopping" button should return you to the same location in the gallery and displaying the same number of images per page. I will try to get the images per row to also persist.

I also added some code to keep track of your shopping cart between sessions even if you don't login, but that only works on one device. To share your cart across devices, you will still need to login before adding items to your cart.

Let me know what you think of those changes.

All of the URLs on my site should now be a lot easier to remember and share. Instead of the old format with the gID=XXX in the URL, you should now be able to simply enter a URL like www.CathySummers.com/2017-NVSL-All-Stars to find the photos I took during the NVSL All Star meet, or www.CathySummers.com/Abbott-Lane-Foxes to see the photos of the foxes who used to live in my backyard.

If you login when you start your visit, you can now mark photos as your favorites, and then you can look at all of your favorite images on a separate gallery page. I hope this will really help those of you trying to collect images from multiple galleries as you try to decide which one to purchase. Once logged in, you will see "Your Favorites" as the first item in hte "Your Galleries" menu.

The Framed Prints gallery now allows you to look at zoomed in photos of all the framed prints I currently have and are ready for immediate pick up or delivery.

I have added a limited search capability to the gallery pages. You can now filter the images in a gallery by how I have rated the photos, if you want to see which ones I think are the best, and you can search for keywords if, for example you just want to see my rose photos without looking at the other flower images. Please let me know what you think of this change, or cntact me with other suggested improvements.

I will be going through the other galleries and adding keywords to those galleries soon.

Remeber to follow my Facebook page or additional updates including previews of images that I add to the galleries here. See the button below.

Swim Photos

I have enjoyed taking photos at the indoor swim meets over the years, but now that Elena is through with High School swimming and moving on, I won't be taking photos during High School or USS meets in the future. I will leave the photos that I have taken up on this web site for a while, and I will be happy to sell you prints or electronic copies.

If you are looking for the photos I have taken at some of the High School swim meets, you can try the Gallery Search to find the gallery. Contact me if you need the gallery password.

Cathy