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Change Log
April 15, 2006 Has it really been a year since I added new photos to the gallery; note to self: update more often! Added 71 new photos in various galleries, including two new galleries "Mono Lake" and "Valley of Fire" .
Sep 21, 2005 Added an on-line shop for the fine art limited edition prints I will be selling at The Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County's Open Studios Art Tour 2005
April 23, 2005 Added new photos to the "Man-made", "Water", "Tahoe" and "Yosemite" galleries (23 in total)
Feb 13, 2005 Updated the Noise Reduction Article to add 4 new tools and 2 updated tools. The conclusions were consequently changed.
Dec 31, 2004 Added 32 new photos in various galleries, including a new gallery "Joshua Tree".
Aug 26, 2004 Huge update: added 4 new galleries in "other places" and 9 new galleries in "national parks" - about 150 new photos in total.
April 7, 2004 Completely new website design, powered by Coppermine Photo Gallery, which should make updating a lot easier and therefore frequent (manually editing separate Flash and HTML versions made me less inclined to update the site!)
Nov 10, 2003 Updated the Noise Reduction Article to add 1 new tool. The conclusions were consequently changed.
Aug 2, 2003 Updated the Noise Reduction Article to add 5 new tools and update 2 others to newer versions. The conclusions were consequently changed.
July 12, 2003 Added 9 photographs: one to "nature", two to "land", three to "sky" and three to "man-made"
May 6, 2003 Added 8 photographs: three to "nature", three to "land", one to "sky" and one to "man-made"
Mar 26, 2003 Added a new photography gallery: Big Sur (6 new photographs, 3 moved from existing galleries)
Jan 7, 2003 Added 7 photographs: three to "water", two to "land" and two to "sky"
Nov 16, 2002 Added a new photography gallery: Ghost Towns (6 photographs)
Nov 14, 2002 Added two more products to the noise reduction article (DCE AutoEnhance and Fred Miranda ISOx).
Nov 8, 2002 Finished the noise reduction article.
Oct 30, 2002 Updated the noise reduction article based on feedback and tested a few more products.
Oct 28, 2002 Added the first half of my first article "A comparison of noise reduction tools" (DHTML only).
Oct 21, 2002 Updated the Flash site with all new photography galleries that use Flash 6's ability to load external JPGs instead embedding them, which has greatly reduced the inital load time of the Flash galleries
Oct 17, 2002 Added a new photography gallery: Death Valley (15 photographs)
Oct 9, 2002 Added camera and exposure information to the photography galleries - DHTML only, Flash version coming soon
Sept 18, 2002 Added 5 photographs: one to "yosemite", one to "kings canyon" and three to "tahoe"
Sept 9, 2002 Added a new photography gallery: Lone Pine (13 photographs)
August 16, 2002 Added 5 photographs: one to "man-made", two to "nature", one to "kings canyon" and one to "land"
July 30, 2002 Updated Flash version to match the new organization
Changed menu systems on the DHTML version again
Added 6 photographs: three to "sky", one to "nature", one to "lake tahoe" and one to "land"
July 10, 2002 Added a new photography gallery: Kings Canyon (7 photographs)
July 8, 2002 No new content, but I changed the menu system on the DHTML version to be more flexible and similar to the Flash version. I also reorganized the Photography section, creating some new location-specific galleries. The Flash version will be updated to the new organization soon.
June 20, 2002 Added 3 photographs: two to "man-made" and one to "water"
June 7, 2002 Added 3 photographs: one to "man-made", one to "nature" and one to "land"
May 29, 2002 Added 3 photographs: one to "man-made", one to "nature" and one to "land"
April 29, 2002 Added 7 photographs to the "water" section from a recent trip to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe
April 23, 2002 Added 5 photographs to the "sky" section from a recent trip to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe
April 22, 2002 Added 6 photographs to the "land" section from a recent trip to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe
April 2, 2002 Added the original versions of the photographs to the DHTML site
March 29, 2002 Added a new Photoshop image
March 26, 2002 Added the animation gallery to the Flash site
March 25, 2002 Moved to my own domain: www.michaelalmond.com
March 19, 2002 Added 6 photographs, 1 Photoshop image
Updated DHTML site to a design similar to the Flash site