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Camera setup to take a landscape photo in Pointe-Claire

Spent a few hours this morning walking around with my camera in Terra Cotta park in Pointe-Claire, Quebec while I was waiting for my daughter to finish one of her activities. I had never explored this park in depth, and three hours let me see a much bigger part of it than before.

Today is an absolutely beautiful fall day here around Montreal, and I am very glad I took advantage of it.

For a local stroll in the woods, it doesn’t get much better than this!

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Building a CSS Drop-down Menu

Adobe product screenshot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe Systems Incorporated.

This CSS drop-down menu tutorial video is a recording of my in-class lecture material from the Publication Design & Hypermedia Technology program at John Abbott College.

At just over an hour and fifteen minutes, it is just a bit longer than the normal lecture period for a four hour class. I take a lot of time explaining these concepts because understanding them well is the basis of creating good CSS web design. Pay attention to the concepts and their application, especially the relationship in between absolute and relative positioning. The 1:20 will be worth it in the long run as you will feel in full control of web page layout.

Concepts

  1. CSS Box Model
  2. CSS block and inline properties
  3. CSS display property
  4. LoVe HA rule
  5. Classes and IDs
  6. HTML List tag
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Basic CSS Positioning

CSS Positioning

CSS is hardly an intuitive language, but understanding the basic concepts that define why it works the way it does helps a lot.

One of the hardest concepts for new web designers to master is CSS positioning. This is not because the concept is particularly difficult to understand, but rather that the concepts are implemented in a very unintuitive way.

While HTML is a very straightforward concept – this is a paragraph, that is a header, that is a list – CSS involves many different concepts such as the CSS box model, text flow and different positioning rules that rely on parent/child relationships in between various page elements.

Furthermore, a definitive cut-to-the-chase explanation of the fundamental concepts is usually nowhere to be found when a student hits the unintuitive wall.

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Low tide on the Reykjanes peninsula

Rocks and seaweed at low tide near Grindvik on the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland. (Eric Girouard)

Rocks and seaweed at low tide near Grindvik on the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland.

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The Reykjanes peninsula is just slightly southwest of Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik. A veritable treasure trove of landscapes, it has nearly everything to arrest a photographer’s interest: the ocean, endless lava fields, fumeroles, cliffs and seabirds.

I shot this image on my first full day exploring Iceland. Even though it was the first of June, the weather was blustery and cold and the sky clung close to the mountain tops. It gave the scene a quintessential stormy North Atlantic feel that captures the day well.

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Snaefellsnes peninsula’s coloured hills

Mineral rich soil exposed on the barren sides of mountains in southwest Iceland's Snaefellsnes peninsula.

Mineral rich soil exposed on the barren sides of mountains in southwest Iceland's Snaefellsnes peninsula.

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The landscape is otherworldly in Iceland. For a first-time visiting photographer, the lasting impression of the country is that you could pick a spot – any spot – on the island and have enough quality subjects to photograph to justify the entire trip. The problem, unless you have a lot of time on your hands, is deciding where to go and where not to go. Luckily, the Snaefellsnes peninsula is a wonderfully condensed version of all of Iceland’s geographic wonders. It also happens to be very close to the capital city of Reykjavik (and the Keflavik airport). Starting with the sea stacks at Londrangar and the famous Kirkjufell mountain, Snaefellsnes also offers abundant seabirds, volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers, the rough North Atlantic waves and fantastically sculpted mountains all in a short drive northwest of Reykjavik.

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