Updating the Look-and-Feel of our Gallery

I’m updating the theme of our gallery to match it to the layout of our new blog. This is a major overhaul of the basic Coppermine themes currently in place. It’s gonna take a lot of work and quite some time to get it done. I’ll be testing the new theme from time to time and you may see a garbled lay-out on our gallery.

Model Shoot Gallery Online

The gallery with photos from the Belgium Digital shooting day at the coalmine of Waterschei is now complete. I have put close to a 100 photos online. It has been quite a task to go through all of the photos (over 750 in total) select the best ones and get them ready for publishing.

I finished this gallery a couple of days back, but with didn’t get around to posting it on the blog due to all the changes to it. If you would like to see more, check out the full gallery.

Once again: thank you to everyone involved in the organization of the shooting day and of course a very big thank you to all the models.

New Blog Software

The blog software we used for the previous version of VICTORIE.com proved to be insecure. So it is “out with the old one, and in with the new”. We have migrated to worlpress over the weekend. With a little help from Peter Vancorenland, who also migrated his blog recently, I got the software up and running in no time. Thank you Peter for your info.

We hope everyone will continue to enjoy our blog.

Gallery of New York Holiday On Line

We have been struggling with our gallery software for some time. That has kept us from putting photos from our holiday to New York City on line. The problems have not been solved yet. In fact, I can’t seem to put his finger on the problem.

Never the less, we wanted to bring the New York City gallery on line fast. So we opted to upload the photos in a smaller size. We hope you will enjoy the photos. Here’s just a few samples; the complete gallery holds 107 photos (our biggest gallery to date).

Another Model Shoot

We took part in another Belgium Digital model shoot yesterday. The 3 of us–Kris, Lies and our best friend Luc Bogaerts that is–had a blast: lots of interesting photo opportunities, lots of photos, lots of fun and to top it all of a BBQ. We link to say a big thank you to everyone at Belgium Digital who made this day possible and to all the models who were kind enough to work with us!

It was hard work and it’s going to be even more hard work to sift through 600+ photos and put up a full gallery. So stay tuned for more photos from this shoot. I’ll have this gallery ready before the end of September.

Come to think of it: we still have to upload a bunch of photos of our trip to New York and New Jersey. I’ll upload them after finishing the photos of the model shoot.

Our 1st Geocache

We drove to the Ardennes yesterday for a little geocache. Never heard of geocaching? It’s a high tech version of a little game called hide-and-seek. Someone hides a little box with goodies and then tells you at which coordinates the box is hidden. All you need to do is to take your GPS and find your way to that little box. Sometimes you have to solve small puzzles or find other things a long the way to get where you need to be.

Got you interested? Check out Geocache.be or Geocaching.com for more info.

We tried our luck on the cache GC8342. Arrived in the area shortly before sunset, but since we knew it was just a little hike, we’d gone ahead, took our gear (GPS and camera) and tried to find it anyway. The stash was easy to find and we had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. A pity that we didn’t arrive sooner because there is was very nice there: very beautiful place for a day hike and to shoot pictures.

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KLu Open Dagen Gilze-Rijen

I spent last week Friday and Gilze-Rijen Air Force Base shooting some photos of the proud of the Dutch Royal Air Force. The KLu presented their helicopter fleet at their yearly air show. Conditions weren’t great (low cloud coverage) but he still managed to get a few nice shots. You gotta love that air power demonstration and you gotta love the AH-64 Apache.

The Church of Bruce

After 2 more shows last weekend–Düsseldorf last Thursday and Rotterdam yesterday evening–Springsteen’s Devils & Dust tour is over for me.

Düsseldorf was another excellent show: 3 tour premieres and another 4 songs Springsteen didn’t play in Brussels. I Wish I Were Blind just knocked me off my socks. And I was just as impressed with Incident on 57th Street and Racing in the Street.

I was a little disappointed with the Rotterdam show. The sound was inferior to the 3 other shows I’ve seen, and few little annoyances made in the experience a little less interesting than the other 3 shows. Still liked hearing My Father’s House though.

A few statistics: In the 4 shows I’ve seen, Springsteen played a total of 101 songs (48 different songs). That is almost 10 hours of music! He played all 12 songs from his latest album Devils & Dust during those 4 shows.