Help Jon Schwartz choose between two new fishing, photography, and travel website designs!

Dear Readers, This is Jon Schwartz. I am redoing my fishing, photography, and travel website and I am asking for your input. I hired a designer to come up with two choices. The new design will replace the current design at Bluewaterjon.com: Jon Schwartz's Fishing, Photography, and Travel.
Below is the current front page design: (click to enlarge)
Below is "Choice A": (click to enlarge)
Below is the other new possible design, "Choice B"
The reason that I am redoing my site is that I will be adding a lot more content and I need a completely new format to enable me to add new photos and articles quickly. I also want a slide show on the front page because right now I don't feel like my non-fishing photography and work is reflected on my front page, and a slide show with thumbnails would make that possible.
For example, look at these shots, a sailfish underwater, a shot of a resort in Cabo overlooking Land's End (Los Arcos), andunderwater photo of a big blue marlin swimming, another resort shot in Hawaii, and then a shot of a bonefish in Oahu, Hawaii. If I only show one image on the homepage ( which is what my current site does), I can't show all these different sides of my work. That's why I am so keen on a slideshow for the new site.
The new website will be in a magazine format with lots of information on how and where to fish, who to fish with, fishing photography, non-fishing photography, fishing and non-fishing travel, kayak fishing, fishing with kids, and I will also have an extensive fish database with awesome photos. It will have lots of great stuff for hardcore anglers as well as non-fishing travelers, fishing and non-fishing photography enthusiasts, and also for people who don't necessarily fish, but just want interesting material to read and look at.

Please let me know which one you choose by either commenting on this blog or contacting me. If you have any other input, I'd love to hear that as well. While you're at it, maybe you'd like to become a follower of this blog?
Thanks very much! I look forward to your input.
Jon Schwartz


Anonymous said...

I like design "A" with tree and cloudy background

Jon Schwartz said...

I never considered combining the two. Let me see how that would look. Thanks for the input!

Anonymous said...

I like design "A" but not crazy about the background. The first comment is a good idea. Good luck with this.

Jon Schwartz said...

That's another good idea, get another totally different background. That'd be easy for the designer to do. We're also going to change the dimensions of the main photo to match the full frame shots I take in my camera; right now the image is too wide.

blaine said...

I prefer A. But I like B too, except the background. I'd definitely experiment with different backgrounds on B though, because it's a nice design but the background is so demanding, takes away from the actual content. Something a bit more subdued might be perfect!

Unknown said...

In the B version the background and center piece are too similar in color, and too much empty space in bottom, unless you are going to add more things around outside.
A: The composition of the woodgrain version is better.

I LOVE the pic of you with the snorkle, don't see anywhere.
By the way, the order of A and B are reversed, thumbnail to bigger version

ben said...

i like sample A.

Ronnie Isacsson said...

I would choose A , but the old one is very nice too but mybe it´s time for change. It would be nice if it would be possible for you to switch photos in an easy way at the frontpage. I think you should have more photos there , I think they are amazing.

Chargers Rock said...

I like choice A.