Request for header image photos

evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
edited January 2016 in Admin Communications
Thanks to the magic of PHP, we now have rotating banner photos at the top of the main MSF homepage, marathonswimmers.org at the top of each Forum page.

Currently there are just four Wikimedia Commons stock photos (see below). But we can do better!

I am not much of a photographer, but I know some Forum members are - including my partner in crime @loneswimmer. If anyone has any good marathon swimming-relevant landscape panoramas, please consider allowing them to be featured on the MSF homepage! The dimensions requirements are as follows:

minimum 1920 pixels width * 240 pixels height
OR a larger image that can be scaled down to 1920x240 (e.g., 4800x600, 4320x540, 4080x510, 3840x480)
OR a larger image that can be cropped to 1920x240

Please do not distort or scale-up photos beyond their original resolution in order to fit these dimensions! :)

If you have any good candidates, shoot me an email at evan at marathonswimmers dot org. Any contributions will be credited, of course.

Thanks!

Dover Harbour:
header_1.jpg
Point Vicente & Catalina Island:
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Brooklyn & Manhattan Bridges, East River, NYC:
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Strait of Gibraltar:
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North Ave Beach, Chicago
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Aquatic Park, San Francisco
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Comments

  • The photos Related really cool and give a much needed prospective of swims. Thanks
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandCharter Member
    edited March 2014
    The Channel Fleet Heading Out.

    Evan, grab it from source if you want it. It's neither as bright nor as sharp as I'd like, but the difficulties of shooting off a boat in Dover combined with the 8:1 ratio...

    the-channel-fleet-heading-out.jpg

    loneswimmer.com

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited January 2016
    Huge thank you to Dan Simonelli, Jen Alexander, Bart Cobb, Theo Schmeeckle, and Donal Buckley for sending some great marathon swimming-relevant photos!

    We now have 18 images in the header rotation on the marathonswimmers.org main site. You can see all of them, including credits, here:

    http://marathonswimmers.org/forum-banner-photos

    My original request remains active going forward. Please send along any good photos. I can take care of the cropping as long as the dimensions are large enough.
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited January 2016
    Thank you, @gregoc! Two great photos of Boston Harbor & the Boston Light Swim added to the header image rotation:

    http://marathonswimmers.org/forum-banner-photos
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandCharter Member
    edited March 2014
    Wasn't happy with the one above so trawled my archive a bit and reprocessed a few. All taken from Varne Ridge. At 100% resolution these all stretch lens image-resolving limits but should be fine as header.

    Cap Griz Nez & south to Boulogne

    cap-griz-nez-south.jpg

    Cap Petit-Blanc, both Shipping Lanes & The Separation Zone

    cap-petit-blanc-shipping-lanes-seperation-zone.jpg

    Calais and English Channel Traffic

    calais-channel-traffic.jpg

    Also managed to get a bit more brightness out of the previous Channel Fleet pic. (Nothing I could do about the cropping).

    the-channel-fleet-heading-out-brighter.jpg

    loneswimmer.com

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited January 2016
    These are superb, thanks Donal!

    23 header images now in the rotation:
    http://marathonswimmers.org/forum-banner-photos
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited January 2016
    A couple from my SB Channel observations:

    Triple-Crowner Jim Neitz, swimming from Anacapa, escorted by Tom Ball:
    header_24.jpg
    Anacapa Island at sunrise, as viewed from the east end of Santa Cruz Island, with California mainland in background:
    header_25.jpg
  • dc_in_sfdc_in_sf San FranciscoCharter Member
    Any way you can get the forum banner image to rotate through these? I almost never got to the actual MSF home page and always jump straight to the forums...

    http://notdrowningswimming.com - open water adventures of a very ordinary swimmer

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited March 2014
    @dc_in_sf, that's a great suggestion. Without getting into too many technical details... it's something I plan to implement in the next upgrade of the Forum software (Vanilla open-source). Unfortunately I don't have a timeline because it depends on their development cycle.
  • david_barradavid_barra NYCharter Member
    There is a great photo of Brighton Beach... Swimmer breaking down a race course with a funnel cloud in the background. It was taken by Capri and appeared in the NY Times... Have you seen it?

    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

  • There is a great photo of Brighton Beach... Swimmer breaking down a race course with a funnel cloud in the background. It was taken by Capri and appeared in the NY Times... Have you seen it?

    I believe that's this one:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/princesspolarbearcapri/7959036522/in/set-72157631473099738

    I drove from ME to NYC for that (non) race.
  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandCharter Member
    edited July 2014
    The 8:1 aspect ratio continues to be a photographic challenge. It contradicts the photographic commandment to get closer. However the North Channel finally joins the header rotation after a recent trip.

    Donaghadee Harbour in Northern Ireland, at dawn, with @Quinton's North Channel ex-RNLI boat The Guy & Clare Hunter just barely visible underneath the lighthouse.

    donaghadee-msf-banner-img_2962.jpg


    Killantringan Lighthouse, north of Portpatrick (the Light isn't operational any longer).

    killantringan-lighhouse-msf-banner-img_35411.jpg

    north-channel-squall-msf-banner-img_3610.jpg

    Squall in the North Channel (Yes, I'm getting a bit arty with this one).

    loneswimmer.com

  • loneswimmerloneswimmer IrelandCharter Member
    edited July 2014
    One last selfish one. @evmo can decide whether to use it or not. One of my own glorious Copper Coast.

    copper-coast-msf-banner-resized.jpg

    I shot this one last weekend while on the way down to Sandycove for the Torture swim. (The full size panorama pic that I extracted it from is pretty large and is on my Flickr stream).

    loneswimmer.com

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited January 2016
    All four of Donal's gorgeous pano-shots have been pushed to the header image rotation, along with an amazing new shot of Sandycove Island by @ZoeSadler's husband Mark.

    header_30.jpg
    Thanks Zoe and Mark!

    All 30 of the header images can be viewed here:

    http://marathonswimmers.org/forum-banner-photos/
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    dc_in_sf wrote: »
    Any way you can get the forum banner image to rotate through these? I almost never got to the actual MSF home page and always jump straight to the forums...
    Finally fulfilled this request! The forum banner image will now change daily around 1am Eastern.
  • IronMikeIronMike BostonCharter Member

    @evmo, I submitted one, but have no idea if you ever got it. Is there a way to tell, without bugging you? ;) I tried the link above, but it is no longer active.

    Just here troubling deaf heaven with my bootless cries...

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited September 2017

    @IronMike, I don't think we received anything from you, but thanks for bumping this topic in my mind. I've been meaning to put out another call for Forum banner photos.

    The current rotation of Forum banner photos can be viewed here:

    http://marathonswimmers.org/forum-banner-photos

    To submit a banner photo to be added to the rotation, please PM me.

    Thanks! It will be great to add some fresh pics to the top of this page!

    IronMike
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited September 2017

    The gorgeous new banner image you see at the top of the Forum today is courtesy of our resident photographer, @loneswimmer:


    Tramore Bay, Copper Coast, Ireland

    Banner images change daily at random. There are 31 currently in rotation, and you can view them all here:

    http://marathonswimmers.org/forum-banner-photos

    To submit one of your own, please PM me.

    bluemermaid9IronMikeloneswimmer
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin

    Another new banner photo in the rotation, courtesy of @AnthonyMcCarley. This is the east side of Santa Barbara Island during a relay swim he was involved in earlier this year.

    Thanks, Anthony!

    rlmsuziedodsAnthonyMcCarley
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin

    Thank you @FlowSwimmers for submitting today's banner photo of Flathead Lake, Montana.

    mjstaplesloneswimmerrlmssthomasFlowSwimmersCopelj26
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin

    Thank you @peterray61 for submitting today's banner photo - featuring @wendyv34 swimming in Quartermaster Harbor, Vashon Island, Washington.

    ssthomasIronMikeMpolj9swimrlmCopelj26wendyv34curlyKarl_Kingeryjendutand 4 others.
  • wendyv34wendyv34 Vashon, WASenior Member

    That was last Friday, I hadn't seen the photo until now. It was such a lovely evening, one of our last summery days and the water was so perfect. I was definitely experiencing swimming nirvana at that moment. :D

    evmossthomasSoloIronMikeMoCorlmKate_Alexander

    It's always a bad hair day when you work at a pool.

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited September 2017

    Thanks @Copelj26 for submitting today's banner photo - taken at the Border Buster swim in Lake Memphremagog by his kayaker James Vanzant.

    IronMikeCopelj26MoCossthomaswendyv34JustSwimcurlySydneDflystormsloneswimmerand 1 other.
  • IronMikeIronMike BostonCharter Member

    Wow, that is a beautiful image.

    Copelj26

    Just here troubling deaf heaven with my bootless cries...

  • Copelj26Copelj26 ChicagoMember
    edited September 2017

    Thanks to my Kayaker from Border Buster for an awesome shot.

    ssthomasIronMike
  • ssthomasssthomas DenverCharter Member

    WOW! AMAZING picture! When I did the Border Buster a few years ago, it was foggy like this and really beautiful swimming. It makes my heart happy that someone captured what it was like on that day (and apparently other days, too). So good!

    Copelj26
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