This website has no advertising and no membership hassle because the site
is being provided as a free service to brighten your day. The cheerful
photos on this site are specifically designed to give you a little lift.
Hi, I am John Macken, and I am not a professional photographer. I am
a scientific inventor with about 30 patents. Most of my inventions
deal with lasers and optics. I have also started three laser related companies.
While I have always taken snapshots, my interest in photography changed in
October 2001 when I got a digital camera. The digital camera made it
possible to immediately see the result of an experimental picture. I also liked the freedom to be able to take virtually an unlimited number
I found that some types of pictures look much better on a computer monitor
than they do on paper. This is because the monitor has an internal
illumination that can enhance the brilliance and generally make some photos
look more vivid. I decided to start this website when several of my
friends independently chose my photos as desktop wallpaper. Less than 5%
of my digital photos meet my standards for inclusion on this site.
The camera that I used to take almost all of the photos on this website
is a Sony MVC-CD300. This is a 3-mega-pixel camera that uses a mini
CD disk to record the photos. Each inexpensive mini CD can store about
200 pictures at the 2048 X 1536 standard resolution. With this storage
capacity, I can take 600 photos on a vacation and I never have to worry about
running out of memory.
One essential attachment for this camera is called an “Eye Level Finder."
This permits me to put the camera up to my eye and clearly see the picture
that is on the LCD viewing screen. I have found that this allows me
to really see what the picture is going to look like before I take it.
Viewfinders on most other cameras only are pointing devices.
More than half the pictures on this website were shot using the macro setting
on the camera. I do not own a telephoto lens. I always want
to make the viewers feel as if they are viewing the scene in person. This
feeling cannot be achieved with the unnatural image flattening of a telephoto
Sony has discontinued the CD 300 camera and replaced it with their CD 400
(4 mega pixel) and soon a new CD 500 (5 mega pixel). A review of the
CD300 camera is at:
The specifications of the CD 500 are available at:
If you agree with the philosophy of this website, you can submit photos for
possible inclusion in this website. You would be given credit for taking
the photo in the description area next to each photo. You would own
the copyright, but you would agree to the free use of your photo for noncommercial
purposes. Any inquiries about using your photos for commercial purposes
would be forwarded to you and you could charge for commercial use.
To submit a photo, e-mail a 640 X 480 size photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If it fits with this website style, I will contact you with further information.
The photos on this website are copyrighted. Anyone can use these photos
for their private purposes, but any commercial use requires written permission.
If you want to use photos for commercial purposes, please send an e-mail