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My Pacific Island Neighborhood

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My Pacific Island Neighborhood

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by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Take a camera and stroll a few yards through your neighborhood and you see houses. 

In subdivisions, the style tends to be uniform.Barangay Baras Neighborhood Photos_NIKON D 100 Photo 0002_by Samuel E Warren Jr_resized

In rural settings, the homes always tell a story of the people that live in them.  The style and size of American farm homes in the 1800s, always revealed the impact of weather and nature, by the location of the home, and the materials used in construction.

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The idea of form follows function seems to be a useful idea in construction from budget to building.  The photos of these homes in my neighborhood, a few yards from my front door and reveals that the tropical temperatures and climate are a consideration in construction and style. 

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    August 6, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    • Drew,

      Thank you for the compliment. Good luck on your blogging. Blogging is fun, but it can be a lot of work coming up with ideas and photos.



      August 6, 2012 at 10:34 PM

  2. I was curious if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?


    August 8, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    • Beton,
      Yes, I have changed the page layout of what this blog was originally. I decided on this template because it has a clean and open look. Usually, the template is pretty flexible.

      However,Blog Editors give me nightmares. I don’t like the built in Word Press blog editor. I don’t like the built in Blogger blog editor. I used Post2Blog, but when I upgraded to Firefox 12, my Post2Blog quit. I started using Windows Live Writer 2011. After all these years of using Microsoft products – I finally found one — I really, truly appreciated and enjoyed working with and even looked forward to working with. Of course, Microsoft then decided to discontinue support. The half-screen editing mode of Scribe Fire has kept me from using it.

      I’m still looking for a Blog Editor that can handle whatever you throw at it — WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, or any other blogger platform. Even though Window Live Writer 2011 is on the “extinct species” list, I still use it and usually it and Word Press seem “kindred spirits.” Windows Live Writer and Blogger, though,in my experience at like alien civilizations from different galaxies. I have even had times, when Blogger simply would not publish from my Windows Live Writer. My experience with Tumblr and Windows Live Writer 2011 is like a caveman talking to a 21st Century time traveller — Tumblr ignores WLW completely.

      As for layout ideas, I am always trying new things. Usually I run the pictures big. I do try to get photos and line art to support the blog copy.

      My “Samuel Warren The Writer” blog on Blogger I started to do “the short story” writing routine, but it has evolved into “sort of a photography blog.” Google’s Blogger sometimes seems to have problems from time to time with large pictures. But, I have adopted a magazine format for that blog to give it a clean, fast loading look.

      I am an old newspaper man, so I am always on the look out to try and find ways to make the copy and photos more attractive to the readers. I try to use “Creative White Space” to avoid the big blocks of gray text. Sometimes though I think the blog editor tries to outsmart me. In the Leyte Land layout, the blog editor added extra lines at the bottom of a picture and created a really big block of white space that bridges on the edge of “Wasted Space.” I still need to see if I can fix it.

      If you run across a great Blog Editor — Please, let me know. I’ll keep my eyes on the templates and see if Word Press has any more “open” designs to offer.




      August 8, 2012 at 11:34 PM

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    August 10, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    • Seybold,

      I use Free Sizer to shrink down the photos to email transmission size before I use them in the blog to cause the photos to load quickly when putting them into my blog.



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    • CDhanday,

      Thank you for the feedback. Now, that I live on an island – my articles and photos take on an “island flavor.”



      August 20, 2012 at 10:11 PM

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    August 11, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    • Mourino,

      The old digital cameras are really unique masterpieces of engineering. Technology was pushing photographers to go beyond film. The question was how ?
      Obviously, the first cameras were built by engineers and not photographers because while they had plenty of math and formulas associated with them they essentially were super expensive devices that gave a print that was a little more interesting that a page colored by a kid out of a coloring book. At some point companies, obviously began listening to engineers, who were prolific or amateur photographers and the cameras began to improve even with their sky high price tags.

      I believe the original IR functions of the early cameras were more or less to satisfy governments request for photography in special lighting situations like at night or for use in space.

      Kodak made one of the worst business decisions of all times.

      Kodak had been an early pioneer working with Canon and Nikon. After Kodak helped to bring some amazing changes, they cashed in their chips and got out of the game, except for selling the “el cheapo, rinky dink, consumer, cell phone style credit card size digital cameras. They probably did it to appeal to stockholders, but they should of stayed the course and stayed up alongside the big boys. Canon and Nikon could use the competition and Kodak, I believe, would of only have become a greater company in the long run.

      I remember in the early days of digital that “The Hardcore Film Photographers” swore that digital would NEVER replace film. And, now software offers “film effects” and “grain.”

      One of the nice things about the old digital cameras is they were “tanks” if you accidentally banged one into something – the camera would still shoot.

      Cameras are wonderful tools.

      It almost seems profane that they have been “neutered” into a process to be shared as part of an annoying “cell phone” body. And, the legions of people point their “lady bug sized cell phone lens” at something and click and suddenly everyone thinks they are a photographer just because “the bazillion megapixel” circuit could compensate for bad light, shake and speed blur.

      Ah, for the Good Old Days of Photography, when you had to “push” film and worry about shutter speed to catch racing and speeding events of life. I believe it was Canon, who first came up with the idea of “Priority” back around the days of the AE-1Program in the 1970s, when photographers were trying to get focus without always having to guess or use a handheld light meter.

      I love cameras. I still don’t know how to download photos from a cell phone, then, again, since moving from the States I don’t own a cell phone. I let my wife, Christy handle the cell phone calls. That reminds me now that my Nikon D 70 battery is done charging; it is time to charge up the Nikon D 100 battery.

      I love my “Camera Kids.”

      Thanks again for your comments. Anytime you want to talk photography and cameras – don’t hesitate to email or comment.



      August 24, 2012 at 12:42 AM

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    August 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    • Fragosa,

      “Good Morning, Colorado !” Greetings from the Philippines. I appreciate knowing that the blog loads quickly on your phone. I try to do things, so that the information and photos load quickly. I am a person with “no patience,” so if it takes a site TOO long to load — I am out of there and on to something else. It is also nice to know that it loads quickly because sometimes “uploading” information in Leyte is “A Labor Of Love.” We have DSL, sort of, in the province, but, it can take awhile for those bits to surf the servers of the Internet and actually upload.

      Thanks again for the compliment and the information.



      August 24, 2012 at 1:00 AM

  9. First off I would like to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing. I have had trouble clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints? Cheers!

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    • Shimanuki,

      Thank you for the compliment. From the time I was a small boy, I have liked to write.

      I know there are all these ideas of how students are suppose to set up their study area and writers are suppose to have like a dedicated writing area. I never did. Or never had the luxury.

      I’ve always been fortunate, especially since college to have a ton of story ideas buzzing through my mind from editorials to short story ideas. Now, that my wife and I are surrounded by several nieces and nephews on a day to day basis — there really is no way to take the time to “go inside” your head before you start writing.

      For me, I just power on the computer and sit down at the keyboard. I write a story or editorial. The material I write might be what I work on for publication, or, it might be something that I have in the electronic files that I pull up and work on for publication.

      The old joke is : “Writers write.” It just means you sit down and start writing. The point is you get in the habit and have the passion and ideas come to you.

      Every writer or photographer has their own style. Me, I just sit down and write what comes to me or what is on my mind.

      When I sit down to write, I don’t beat myself up if the first words really aren’t what I wanted. I might keep the blurb in my files or use the delete key. Always remember you are your best critic.

      My philosophy in writing is enjoy it. Anything you enjoy in Life; you are usually good at it. The more you enjoy something — the more you do it. When you do something often enough it becomes like sleeping or breathing — you don’t think about it — you just do it.

      If you like to write, then, hang in there and just enjoy yourself. Perhaps, in no time, you will be as prolific a writer as Agatha Christie, Barbara Cartland or Stephen King.

      Go for it ! Best of Luck



      August 27, 2012 at 5:38 PM

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