The photos that are one the bottom of most of the pages were taken off the cost of Oregon near Astoria (If you are familiar with the 80’s kid film classic ‘The Goonies’ – this is the exact place they filmed the end sequence at. You can actually see the three rocks that fit inside the coin found by the kids in some of these photos)
As far as the whitespace is concerned, I didn’t want to make the photos too big for those cursed with modems, so the size had to be reasonable (800 wide). I wanted to have them fullbleed against the borders of the bottom and left of the browser, and have the content fit around that, so, if you browse with a resolution >800x640 and have your browser maximized, that will be a side effect. I dunno, I tend to browse with a US letter (8.5x11) size browser. I think most sites are set up for that sort of configuration. I do, however, know alot of people the keep their browsers maximized. It’s all preference I suppose. To bad it’s one that’s hard to get around with some HTML layouts.