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Hi,

I’ve just added a new flash gallery to my site at www.frankhudec.ca . It’s under "afghanistan today" at the bottom of the main page.  I used Slideshow Pro which I learned about through Lightstalkers.  Still some kinks to work out, but the gallery comes complete with Afghan music.  

Enjoy!

Sgt Frank Hudec
Canadian Forces Combat Camera
www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca
www.frankhudec.ca

by [a former member] at 2006-03-25 07:41:42 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Ottawa , Canada | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hey Frank, nicely done!  I think you need to slow it down a bit, let us soak up the images a bit more and also allow us to read the captions, which come andgo much too quickly.  Also, the music I am pretty sure is Bollywood, not Afghani.


by Jon Anderson | 25 Mar 2006 08:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Thanks very much for the feedback Jon,

We got the music from a source in Afghanistan, so I assumed, duh ? ….

The slideshow is set on manual play, so I’m not sure what you’re talking about with the captions?  Basically, a mouseover/and out will give/takeaway the captions.  Probably needs to be made MUCH clearer on the page.  Thanks for the very positive critique – it’s what makes all sites better!

Sgt Frank Hudec
Canadian Forces Combat Camera
www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca
www.frankhudec.ca

by [former member] | 25 Mar 2006 09:03 (ed. Mar 25 2006) | Ottawa, Canada | | Report spam→
Thing is, Bollywood is the main source not just for cinema in South Asia but also for pop music.  And particularly since the breakout hit of 1995, Yash Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which swept Asia with its remarkable soundtrack, mixing pop and traditional Hindu music, they have been cranking this stuff out like crazy ever since.  If you get a chance to listen to that album, do so — it is really really good.

As for the captions, when I hit play, the slideshow took over automatically and the captions, after a few seconds, dropped down, but then disappeared before I could read them.  You may have a manual play setup, but there appears to be an automatic function as well.  I will have another look.  Otherwise, the layout and everything else is cool.


by Jon Anderson | 25 Mar 2006 09:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Ok, I figured out what i was doing— when the mouse, as you rightly point out, is located on the top of the image the caption automatically drops down.  However, you do have an automatic play feature, the little arrow on the lower right hand corner, and when you click on that, the slideshow runs itself, but a little quickly. I am sure you can set the timing on it.  The show was running a few seconds for each image, and since my mouse was inadvertently located at the topof the image, the captions were dropping down but disappearing quickly as each image gave way to the next.

The program is pretty cool, I guess it makes Flash presentations a piece of cake.


by Jon Anderson | 25 Mar 2006 09:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Yes, the more I listen to the background music – the more it sounds like the Panjabi MC’s (trance music from the same region)..  I like the soundtrack because it’s a done in a very plaintive and peaceful voice – against a backdrop of mostly pictures of guys with guns.  I still need to work on the presentation a bit more to finish it off.

Thanks for your comments.

Sgt Frank Hudec
Canadian Forces Combat Camera
www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca
www.frankhudec.ca 

by [former member] | 25 Mar 2006 12:03 (ed. Mar 25 2006) | Ottawa, Canada | | Report spam→
Oh, the background music works, and there is plenty more to choose where that came from.  Did what I say about the automatic play make sense?  This software is pretty impressive, btw.


by Jon Anderson | 25 Mar 2006 14:03 (ed. Mar 25 2006) | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Gotcha Jon,

Now I see what you’re talking about.  I’ll have to set the delay a bit longer in the program.  There is a lot you can do with Slideshow Pro, and I’m just in the learning curves of the program.  Thanks very much for your help.  Much appreciated!

Sgt Frank Hudec
Canadian Forces Combat Camera
www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca
www.frankhudec.ca 

by [former member] | 25 Mar 2006 20:03 | Ottawa, Canada | | Report spam→
Nice work Frank. I really like the kite photo in particular.

A friend of mine is a pj with the Oregonian. She went to Afganistan not long ago. I remember one funny line from the story that ran in the paper. The two women reporters were traveling with a trusted afghan man, going through checkpoints, etc. One of them joked something to the effect of: I wonder, when Afghani women come through the checkpoints [covered head to toe in burkas], do the men say to each other, “Damn, did you see the eye on that one!”

Take care and stay safe,

ND
www.ndkoster.com

by ND Koster | 26 Mar 2006 08:03 | Sausalito, United States | | Report spam→

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