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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2004 11:01 pm    Post subject: Tansy's selection of photos Reply with quote

Here are the first pics Tansy has sent over, with more to come. I am assuming these are the view from the house itself?

Which of these, with a suitable caption, make you think 'I have to go and stay there!'








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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2004 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm guessing you already know the answer to this one ........ or am i getting too cynical in my old age?

Only one pic on the page comes close for me, and even then it needs 'cropping' and 'colour correction' Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony,

I'm guessing either you don't like horsies, and it's number 1, or you like the bold contrast of no. 3, with cropping at the bottom.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, No.1 but for different reasons ....... i love horses, sadly not everyone else does (which is part of my reasoning).

Mainly though the colour / contrast of the image is the most 'inviting' to me, the 'grey' ones make me want to 'button up' my parker and reach for the 'thermals'!

With No.3, I'm guessing the subject 'focus' is just to small to fill the image. Even then, i'd say it'd be 2nd to the sunset of No.1 ........ 'lifes nothing without the occasional sunset'

Obviously, i'm making a 'personal preference' here and i'm more than happy to be 'outvoted' Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

... it's always good to have a view from the property, ideally a sunset.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few more of Tansy's pics:














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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the pink and grey in the second photo with the trotting horse and the Isles St Marcouf on the horizon. It is very Cotentin. Are the sun shots actually a setting sun? Not that it makes much different but I thought they were east facing and therefore sun rise. Whatever they are handsome and deserving of a place.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Selecting images is 'possibly' one of the most important aspects to creating a website.

With far greater speed, every image 'tells a story' or creates an emotional response .... hopefully for the 'good' but often for the 'bad'.

In my opinion, types of images are split into two groups.

1 - Scene Setters, these create the atmosphere and first impression of the site, be it, professional, luxurious, friendly, fun, etc.

2 - Detail Specific, these are used to 'reassure' those people who have already decided to buy or book. No one books into a Rental Home because it has a 'nice bathroom', they will however decide 'not to book' if it doesn't!

Scene Setters
In this case, if the property is so close to the beach would it be possible to have the house and the beach in the same shot? This would enforce the proximity and people could 'picture' the kids playing on the beach within easy view of the patio for example.

Views from the property and the surrounding area give the impression of what they can do once they're there. A 'winding path', sunsets, empty beach ...... they all place the person into the picture, hopefully creating a 'positive' response.

Detail Specific
bathroom, kitchen, bedroom ..... without saying these images need to show a clean, 'hygenic' premises. 'freshly made' bed, clean 'well stocked' (full toilet roll holder!) bathroom and a 'gleaming' kitchen. Nothing on the floor, no personal items on display (hairbrush etc)

Sometimes it can be difficult but bearing in mind that (in my opinion) a webpage should only display a maximum of 4 image, you really need to have the highest 'impact' from the pictures. This occasionally means not including the 'close up' of the patio wall that you built by hand, but maybe using it as a backdrop and setting up a table with chairs, wine glasses and a selection of 'local' foods.

Please note! this is not in reference to Tansy's pics, it's just me offering more 'food for thought' Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having your own website gives you some freedom than say advertising on a rental site.

I would always recommend that you should include atleast one photograph of each room in the property, as well as a photograph of the swimming pool (if applicable) and finally view of the front of the property and views from the property.

Photographs are the most important aspect of your site if you want people to 'fall in love' with the property and rush to you to rent it.

When you look at the photographs you get a picture in your head, and this in most cases will make your mind up either way.

Can I say though PLEASE please do not include a photograph of the toilet!! If you have say a spa or jacuzzi in the bathroom then yes take a photograph of that but not the toilet! Laughing

You may laugh but you will not believe how many people do!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think sunrises and sunsets have a place but we all know what they look like! I want to see the beach in the daylight. I want to know what it looks like, what the sand is like, is it clean, and are there any caravan parks or nuclear power stations next door?

If I book Tansy's house I would be bringing kids and the beach is an extended playground - I need to know what that looks like.

If you have a good view I think you should show it prominently on your homepage. I'd like to see a full 180 degree panorama. I use this view on my sites, right at the top, full width of the screen:



That's my USP, being right on the beach is Tansy's.

What do you think?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I think sunrises and sunsets have a place but we all know what they look like! I want to see the beach in the daylight. I want to know what it looks like, what the sand is like, is it clean, and are there any caravan parks or nuclear power stations next door?


I know what you mean. Ideally, as i mentioned earlier i'd like a good picture showing the house + beach, it's important, as you've said, to show just how close to the beach people really would be.

I've played around with one of the beach images to show the effect i think you're getting at.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony, that is brilliant!

Here's what it looks like:



All we need now is this pic on a beautiful sunny day.

And I wonder if a 180 degree panorama would actually be any better than this?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you like the effect and yes i agree what would improve it is a 'sunny day' (and maybe having the house included).

As regards for a 180 panorama ...... normally i'd agree, certainly in the location of your own properties. However, in this case, arn't you just going to see an extension of the 'blue sky' and 'white sand'?

What does everybody else think?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent work Tony!!

Are you going to add text links for the navigation somewhere, to aid SEO?

Is this the final domain name?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Darren,

Still a long way to go as yet though Smile

Regarding the 'text links' .... the buttons on the top left are actually 'text links', it's just that CSS allows you to give them a 'button' outline (you can even add graphics to the buttons).

This method will be easily accessed by search engines, but as you suggest .... i would also recommend repeating the 'links' at the foot of each page.

No, it's not the final domain name, just a temporary address until the site is ready and 'signed off' by Tansy Smile
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