Sunday, December 29, 2013

New Website Design

I have changed to a new web design for my
Photography Website.
The new design is more of a minimalist approach and is ideal for photographers that want their images to be the predominant part of their content.
This design takes advantage of a new background slideshow feature which allows photographers to use rotating full screen background images to make
a powerful impact.
The design features a semi-transparent masthead that floats elegantly above my imagery, a unique presentation that serves to highlight my images by
providing a captivating visual environment. It is a bold, innovative design that presents my work in a novel and engaging context.
I like it and it seems to work well with my images.
Hopefully when others view my website, they will like it too.

Sunday, July 28, 2013


While taking a sunset, this woman san down in the surf.
What a wonderful photo opportunity.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bird Photography Panel

I am part of a Bird Photography Discussion Panel  at
The San Luis Obispo Camera Club
Thursday June 13 2013   7:00 PM  
Here's the write up:
Join panelists Marlin Harms, Bill Bouton, Don Quintana, Beth Sargent and Dawn Beattie as they share some of their best bird photographs and discuss tips and tricks for getting those great shots. 
This is a Program you won't want to miss!
For more information:

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Why have a non flash based slideshow using HTML 5 for your photography website

Most photographers today have a web presence. In fact it is imperative as a photographer in today's world to have a personal or business website. Most photographer websites have a slideshow on the homepage. This displays a sample of the Photographer's work. It can look dramatic and be very effective. It also has mixed views.
Some say that they don't want to spend time searching thru images on a slideshow. They would rather have galleries with image titles. In most cases, photographers have galleries as well as the slideshow on the homepage.

Where the problem comes into play, is when a photographer has this elaborate Flash presentation page. Most people searching through a photographer's website will tell you, that this is annoying. They need to see what the photographer has available and move on. Spending time waiting for a flash page to load and then go thru this elaborate transition, will have them leaving the site before the flash presentation is completed.  This is not necessarily my opinion, but the trend is Flash presentation pages are a thing of the past.

The other real problem is when the photography slideshow is a flash slideshow. In today's world of smartphones and other handheld devices like I Pads, Flash content will not work. In fact, all Apple products no longer support flash. This is a pretty big deal.

Think about what this means for your photography website and your photography. It is not reaching anyone using an Apple product or for that matter, most smart phones. How many people are missing your photography? How many people are clicking off your site and moving on to another for images that you could potentially sell? From a marketing perspective, it is not very good. More and more people are using their smartphones for everything these days and the numbers will only increase over time.

Hence HTML 5 and the HTML 5 Slideshow. It is a non Flash slideshow and it works on almost all hand held devices as well as Apple products. It is also compatible with all current browsers. Some older browser versions may not be HTML 5 compatible, but now there are fixes for web developers to correct this in most cases.

What is HTML 5? Without getting too technical, it is a standardized code for web developers. It has been designed for compatibility for all web browsers. This has always been a problem for web developers... to design a website that everyone can view no matter what browser they use.  HTML 5, though not 100% perfect, is the most compliant as per the World_Wide_Web_Consortium.

So what this means for the competitive world of today's photographers trying to sell their work online or meet potential clients, is to veer away from a flash based website.
This could change in the future, but for now, flash is not conducive to a profitable photography business website... or even a personal site.

For me as a photographer trying to make a professional web presence, I have switched from a flash based site to the newer, more compatible HTML 5 based website.
I suggest to any other photographer who has a website to consider this carefully.
Here is a link to my HTML 5 based website using an HTML 5, non flash slideshow.

Monday, May 27, 2013

I have been known to sit or hide and wait a long time for a possible bird shot. Sometimes I wait hours, days, weeks, and even months. I question my sanity over and over again.
Then one day, something glorious happens. All the waiting was worth a few moments in time.
So as usual I went on my sitting vigil and waited for a possible Bald Eagle flyby. After a few hours, an Eagle came flying up the hillside and was level with me just out over the road. Then it flew a few times around me before heading off. It was the closest flight I have ever experienced. As it flew away it flew right down the middle of road for what seemed like maybe 10 feet above me. Instead of taking more shots I just stood there in awe. It is a sight I will never forget.

Friday, May 24, 2013


Majestic Bald Eagles 

At a local reservoir there has been a pair of Bald Eagles there for over 3 years. I would really like to know how long they have been there, but I have only observed them for the last 3 years.
I am in awe of Bald Eagles and am fascinated and intrigued by this pair.
Right now the pair is nesting and have young waiting in the nest. No one knows the location of the nest and it is off on private property.
The young must be getting a little bigger because feeding activity is picking up just a bit.
The really cool things about this pair is that you can see them fly by somewhat close once in a while.
Not always... distances are very deceiving.
As a photographer with only a 100-400 lens, getting a little closer can mean I have a decent shot. I do have a lot of tiny eagles shots that really aren't worth showing anyone.
There is also very little human activity there. Which is something that is imperative to continue for the protection of this pair of Bald Eagles.
With the Eagles having to feed the growing young in the nest, the flybys are increasing.
I have seen the Eagles hunt for fish, waterfowl, rodents and yesterday I saw one hunting near me on the hillside. There was a young fawn in the brush and I wonder could it be possible it was hunting the fawn? Because as the Eagle was circling closer the fawn bolted away and the eagle flew off.
My observations have been that this pair has to work pretty hard to feed the young right now. I had watched for hours on this day and did not see a successful hunt.
The conditions at this Reservoir can be a challenge. It can be extremely windy or very hot. There is no shade or cover and I can wait hours with no activity at all. In fact there have been days when I have seen nothing. But when something does happen it makes all the harsh conditions and waiting time worthwhile.
This reservoir is special since there is no human contact allowed on the water. There is very limited access, so the Eagles can be undisturbed there. No one can get close to them. That is a good thing.
It is a very quiet area and I love being there. It can be very peaceful.
I am very fortunate to have this experience fairly close to home.
One thing for sure I will be out there as soon as I can...waiting quietly and very happily for the majestic pair of Eagles that I revere, honor and respect to fly nearby.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My New Blog Look

As you may notice.....
I am in the process of changing my blog's name from Photographic Nature to
Beth Sargent Images.

The title and web header have been changed to reflect my domain:
Beth Sargent Images 

My Blog will now re-direct to my new domain.
Beth Sargent Images Blog
The new blog URL is:
There is no need to type in that long name. The bookmark that you have always used will work.

It is still the same blog. The page is the same. Just a new look.

I will also have a link on my website: