Is it just me, or was this a particularly long and dreary winter?
Well, spring has finally arrived in Atlantic Canada and what better sign than the sights, sounds and smells of the race track. Good. I think we’ve all had enough winter for the next decade. 😉
This past week, the groundhog, er, I mean race cars (and trucks) all dusted off a very long off season and headed back out to tracks all across Atlantic Canada. This past Sunday was the pre-season track day for both the Maritime Pro Stock Tour and all classes for the Scotia Speedworld weekly race series.
I think the groundhog was a little upset when we woke him up early on Sunday, but I’m pretty sure he enjoyed the action around the track once he had his first coffee of the day and took in a few laps with the Pr Stockers.
This year is going to be a big year. We have lots of things planned and are just starting to roll out some new features here at the web site as well as at the tracks.
First of all, we’ve upgraded much of our software that handles the on-line galleries. The new software is faster and offers a few cool new features.
First, lets look at the galleries, shall we?
The permanent gallery pages can be found either through the links in the lower left of the web site or you can simply bookmark them here…
When you first visit the galleries and choose the race folder you want to browse, you’ll see a Header that looks like the image above.
The first thing I’d like to point out to you is the little magnifying glass in the top right corner.
Go ahead and click on it. This Search function will let you quickly search for your favorite driver by Car Number, Name, Hometown, Sponsors and more. Once you key in what you’d like to search for, you will see a list of images and descriptions that looks like this…
You can click on the photo you’d like to view and the window will stay open so you can continue to browse through only your favorite driver. If you want to close the window, simply click on the small x in the top right corner. You can drag the search window by clicking next to the word “Search…” and dragging it wherever you would like inside the browser window.
Cool? I thought you’d like that. 😉
Once you’ve found a photo you like, you can order digital or print copies of the photo, plus many other new items are being added this year. You can order a license plate of your favorite image, hero cards and new items like cell phone cases and coffee cups are coming very soon. Just click on the small shopping cart near the bottom of the screen so you can see the drop down box with all the options in it, select an option, choose a quantity and click “Add To Cart.”
This image shows the current list of options and more will be added as the season progresses. Your shopping cart will open in a new window, so you don’t have to worry about losing your place and you can continue shopping with ease.
Another new button you may not be aware of is the new Sharing button. Located to the left of the shopping cart button, you can use this link to instantly share the current photo on your favorite social media site, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and StumbleUpon.
We have always made the web sized images here available to you for free for sharing on your social media pages and that will not be changing. We love stumbling on our photos on Facebook and Twitter. Please keep in mind that we add the McCarthy Photographic logo to our images so that when you do share them, others know where they can find them as well. Please do not edit the photos or remove the logo. If we happen to find one of our images that has been edited to remove our logo, we will contact your service and request the image be removed due to copyright infringement. We don’t ask for much. Please respect that.
If you do need an image with no logo for personal use on your web site or race reports, you can purchase a 5×7″ sized digital version or an 8×10″ digital version directly from the shopping cart. Digital delivery is usually within 24 hours as images are generally not edited until an order is received. So you will get the best version of the image you want quickly and reasonably priced.
Finally, if you need a larger image or an image specifically for commercial use, such as printing your own hero cards, truck wraps or marketing materials such as t-shirts, crew shirts, etc. Please contact us directly with details of your requirements and we will work with you to ensure we can meet your budget and needs.
Watch for more updates over the next few weeks and we hope to see you at the Scotia Speedworld season opener weekend with the Pro Stocks on Saturday and the Weekly Racing Series on Sunday!