Welcome

Hello and welcome to my website, My website is the place where I share my photography and have a nice gallery setup to show you if your interested. I also have a blog that I use to write about a photo shoot, or something this going on with me. I also have a blog that I use to make light of a photo that I like from some random photographer. I also use my spotlight section to shine a light on a product, service or anything else for that matter. I am also using this site for my resume and to show off some of the other websites that I have built.

My name is Troy, I'm just a guy trying to make his way through this life best he can. I have two beautiful kids and 4 wonderful grandchildren. I am proud as a dad can be to see his children grow up to be great parents and have wonderful families. The grandchildren are such a joy to watch as they grow and discover life. Pictures of the family can be found on my Cross Family Album Site.

I am a Christian and I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that the bible is in fact the infallible word of God. I believe that Christ died on the cross for all of us and that he rose again on the 3rd day and through that act he paid the price for my sin and that I have been forgiven and will join him in heaven one day. I have been saved by grace and it is the greatest gift one can receive, all you have to do is believe and ask him for forgiveness and he will give it. 

I spent 27 years at Hewlett Packard working in IT, and am now on the hunt to find what I will do with the rest of my working years. I have a wealth of knowledge working in IT and just working with computers in general as I spend a lot of time on one every day. I have been building and working on my own website since 2001. I have learned many different software programs for building websites and enjoy playing and updating my site all the time. 

My hobbies include, fishing with one of my long time friends Tom, we don't do it as often as we both like, but when we do, its always a joy. I enjoy playing cards with my friends Bruce & Sylvia and the lovable Judy. My other hobby is Photography, I love getting behind the camera and taking pictures of flowers, landscapes, birds and cars, really everything but people and pets for the most part. Im not the best photographer there is, but I do get a few good shots now and again. I have been slack the last few years in my photography, but I hope to do more. 

One of my favorite quote:

“To the world you might just be a person, but to a person you might just be the world"

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  • I have added some textured background to several of the sections. I wanted it to give it a little more feeling.

  • I have completely rebuilt the website using the new foundation 6 from Joe Workman. While I am pleased over all with it, I am still trying to get somethings to work the way I would like, stay tuned for further updates

  • Updated the banner again. This time I have added a rotating banner images setup. This will rotate through a few different pictures ever 5 or so seconds. I keep running into issues with parallax type banners, I think due to me using a beta version of OSX. However they seem to work on desktop and not work on mobile or tablet versions, so I just simplified it all.

  • I changed the parallax effect on the top photo as the other one that I used was very temperamental. l can also show more of the photo and I prefer seeing more of the beautiful photo.

My Photography

I started my journey into photography around 2001, and have had a lot of fun behind the camera since. I enjoy shooting landscapes, waterfalls and flowers. I also enjoy taking intimate shots of cars with flash. Lightning is probably my favorite thing to shoot. Sadly I have not been behind the camera nearly enough in the last few years.

Photo Gallery

My Photo Gallery contains a collection of some of my favorite photos that I have taken of the years. The gallery has different categores such as Plant Life, Scapes, Cars, Lightning, Sunrise / Sunsets etc. I have some very nice pictures of flowers, mountains, cars and planes. I hope you enjoy looking at photos as much as I enjoed taking them, so take a look around and see if there is something you like. Click here to view the gallery

Latest Photos

I had the opportunity to go to the Sacramento Capitol Air Show. I friend of mine got me into the show right on the flight line. The jets were so close you could see the pilots flying. It was the most awesome spot to see the show and get some good shots of the aircraft. The thunder they make as they fly just above your head is breathtaking. The ground would shake as they cut sideways and turn off the main flight path to go straight over head. It was the best airshow position I have had the pleasure of seeing a show from. I am hoping that I get to do it again next year. It was the first time I got to see an F35 fly, I have to say that it put on a pretty good show. The thrust vectoring allows it to turn on a dime, very impressive.

My Blogs

I have several blogs that I post to. My world blog is an all around blog that I put various content in from news articles to my own thought on something or happening in my life. Spotlight is used to shine a spotlight on a product or some other thing that I want to point out. Photo Focus is used to focus on a photo of mine or someone else's. Look around and enjoy.

Web Work

I have been working on my own website since 2000, it have changed many times since then. I also administer several different websites and enjoy building and deploying them. I have created the sites using Rapidweaver and themes from various designers as well as designing my own using Foundation.

The Games We Play

TDCGaming

Crossfamily Gallery

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Towsmen Car Club

Jims58 Impala

Troy Cross

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The Games We Play

The Games We Play is a site used to keep track of a card game that a few friends of mine and I play called Golf. The site features a blog and stats on all the games. There is also a little info on the players.

Website: The Games We Play

Created with:

  • Rapidweaver
  • Joe Workmans Foundation
  • TotalCMS from Joe Workman
  • View More stack from Weavium
  • Grid Iron Stack from Chillidog Software

TDCGaming

TDC Gaming is a website I built to as a playground for Video Gaming on the Xbox. I have a blog that I use to post information about Xbox and games updates as they come along. There is also a members area that one can sign up to be a member, although its just my playground you still could sign up.

Website: TDC Gaming

Created with:

  • Rapidweaver
  • Joe Workmans Foundation
  • TotalCMS from Joe Workman
  • Sitelok from Vibralogix
  • Sitelok stack from Joe Workman

Cross Family Gallery

The Cross Family Gallery is a site that I use to blog about our family. Since we are all scattered far and wide, this is an attempt to bring us closer together with pictures and goings on. I just wanted a central place so that we could all see each family and I think I have accomplished just that. It just need to be updated to remain fresh and current.

Website: crossfamily.troy-cross.com

Created with:

  • Rapidweaver
  • Joe Workmans Foundation
  • TotalCMS from Joe Workman

Townsmen Car Club

This site is used by the Townsmen Car Club of Sacramento to promote interest in the group. We use the site to also promote our annual car show as well as show off pictures of members cars. Each member has their own page with pictures as well as a full gallery of pictures from cars shows that we have been a part of.

Website: Townsmen.org

Created with:

  • Rapidweaver
  • Joe Workmans Foundation
  • MovingBox Stack by Joe Workman
  • Eternity 2 Stack from Doobox
  • Photo Stack by NickCate Designs

Jims 58 Impala

This site is a tribute to my dad and his custom 1958 Chevy Impala and all the awards he has won. Dad spent several years working on the car before I got involved with the process. We spent almost 2 years together getting this Hot Rod looking awesome. This car is definitely one cool custom classic.

Website: jims58impala.com

Created with:

  • Rapidweaver
  • Joe Workmans Foundation
  • TotalCMS from Joe Workman
  • Superflex Stack from NickCate Designs
  • Photo Stack by NickCate Designs

Troy - Cross Website

This is my personal website. Its has gone through many iterations over the years, and will probably continue often. I find it fun to try different looks and designs as tools land Ideas are found from around the web. I use the site to blog, display my photography and details about some of the other sites that I have built. Website: troy-cross.com

Created with:

  • Rapidweaver
  • Joe Workmans Foundation - 6
  • TotalCMS from Joe Workman
  • Sitelok from Vibralogix
  • Sitelok stack from Joe Workman
  • Responsive Time Line stack by One Little Designer