Here’s a general update for the day. Thanks to a wonderful year, the book was recently uploaded and I’ve ordered a test copy. Assuming that all goes well when reviewing it, the finished product will roll out later this month. For anyone who’s been following this site, this is MAJOR. (check out my previous list here)

Hopefully I’ll have that copy in my hands early next week and can take it from there. Read the rest of this entry »

Since everything is going so swimmingly with the production of the book, I’ve set up an ISBN number and bar code.

Now before I go any further, let me state that this is not a requirement for printing the book, but it is a personal preference. When I began this project, I embarked on it as a learning experience and as such, will fulfill all steps of a traditional bookmaking process (except for the substitution of a POD, print-on-demand, publisher). I want to learn as much as I can, so I figured someone somewhere may appreciate me sharing what I’ve learned along the way. Read the rest of this entry »

Did you think I forgot about posting? On the contrary – I’ve just been a busy bee. Most of my time lately has involved the actual bookmaking process. Here’s a little update.

In terms of my previous list, I’m down to the ISBN registration. Yes, you heard correctly – the layout is DONE. Despite that, I’ll still be heading out into the field for a bit more shooting while I wait for the rest of the process to kick in. It’s always a possibility that something great could come along. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Editing

March 23, 2009

This weekend was a massive editing effort for the book. I couldn’t be more pleased with the current flow of the images. I think it’s a wonderfully diverse, while still cohesive, set of imagery. Read the rest of this entry »

Book progress

February 26, 2009

Since it’s been a while since I’ve discussed the book production process itself I thought I would ramble off the items I have left to do. I’m big on lists, so here we go:
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More for my records than anything else, I’ve chosen the following fonts:

Adobe Garamond Pro (C):
Section heads (13 B), Titles (13 B), Loc (10)

Body text (9 – 12)

Just the two for simplicity. Thrilling, I know.

A few happenings

November 13, 2008

Some fun developments as of late… after over a week without my computer due to a dead hard drive, I have a repaired machine with an upgraded operating system. The new operating system (OS X 10.4.11) allows me to work on the layout of the book. Previously, my operating system (OS X 10.3.9) could not load the Blurb software. Read the rest of this entry »

One step closer

November 9, 2008

On Saturday, I received a copy of my test book that I had previously mentioned. Overall, I’m quite pleased.

I do printing through a company called Blurb. Sure, there are some things that I’ll need to adjust for the final version, but it’s still fun holding a physical version of the work in progress. Blurb recently introduced an option for new heavier paper, which I’ve used for the test book. The quality is noticeably improved with the 100-pound paper over the standard 80-pound option. Read the rest of this entry »

Small-scale test run

October 30, 2008

Tuesday I ordered a 40-page preliminary test run of the book. That’s much smaller than the finished product is expected to be, but it will give me an idea of whether or not I need to alter any toning. I like to have a hard copy of a publication in my hands. It’s so much different than looking at things on a computer.

Both have their places, but I’m looking forward to seeing a copy of this at my doorstep.


October 27, 2008

Welcome! For those not familiar with me, my name is Evan Dyson and I am a photographer based in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Although I cover a variety of subjects, I’m planning to use this site to feature wildlife projects in the works.

Expected in early 2009 is my latest wildlife collection, Wildlife: A Photographic Record of the Shenandoah Valley. The book is expected to be nearly 100 pages featuring color images from the beautiful region where I live and work. Although the book has been in the works since spring, this site should serve to provide a bit of the back story to adventures and how some of these images are made. Thanks for stopping by!