Before and After

People are sometimes curious what an image looks like before post processing. Here are some examples that highlight the editing done after taking the photo. I have three goals when I sit down and start editing. First, I want to punch up the sky to make it more vibrant. Second, I want to help draw the viewer’s eye toward the subject. Finally, I sharpen each image to give it a crisp look. Use the slider to see the before and […]

Golden Gate Bridge Mobile Wallpapers

I’ve received requests for iPhone and Android wallpapers, so here is my first set. Six different shots of the Golden Gate Bridge. Just click the one you want, it will open the full resolution version. Then save it to your mobile device. I hope you enjoy. 🙂 Related posts: Install YOURLS URL Shortener Fitbit Flex Review Migrating WordPress to Linode Before and After

Migrating WordPress to Linode

Moving a WordPress site is a task that can be challenging. With a quick Google search, one can see the numerous resources available to assist site owners. Plugins that promise to make the process easier, companies that will transfer WordPress installations for a fee, instructional YouTube videos, and many how-to guides. I have found that moving WordPress to a new provider may seem overwhelming but isn’t too difficult. Here is how I moved a small site of mine from HostGator […]

Domino Sugars

When walking around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor it’s hard not to miss the Domino Sugars factory. Rumored to be the size of a basketball court, the red neon sign lights up the harbor at night. This is one of the first photos I took with the new Nikon D750. For those who are curious, here is the EXIF info: 70mm, f22, 25s, ISO 200. Related posts: The Lights Autumn On The Reservoir

Fitbit Flex Review

Fitness trackers have interested me since the Fitbit Classic was announced in 2008. Two years ago I finally joined the party and purchased the Fitbit Ultra. I was amazed at the amount of data the device was able to capture. Not only did it count steps, it measured distanced, steps taken, stairs climbed, and sleep activity. As someone who loves statistics, I was immediately thrilled with the device. Unfortunately the Ultra was a clip-on device and I often forgot to […]

Forgotten Desk

This photo was taken at an abandoned coal breaker located in Ashley, Pennsylvania. During its prime the coal breaker employed seven to ten thousand people from the surrounding area. The facility eventually closed in 1976. Since then most of the machinery has been looted. Fortunately this office has remained mostly untouched. I used multiple exposures to create this HDR image. View on 500px or Flickr. Related posts: The Lights Abandoned High School Autumn On The Reservoir

The Lights

This chandelier hangs in the lobby of the MeetMe office. I thought with the right bokeh it may make an interesting photograph. Shot with the Nikon D90 and Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G DX Nikkor Zoom Lens. View on 500px or Flickr. Related posts: Autumn On The Reservoir Forgotten Desk Abandoned High School Domino Sugars

Autumn On The Reservoir

Located in Baltimore County, Maryland the Loch Raven Reservoir never disappoints when it comes to sunsets. A neutral density filter was used to create the smoothness in the clouds and water. Loch Raven Reservoir is a great location for landscape and wildlife photography. Shot with the Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G DX Nikkor Zoom Lens. View on 500px or Flickr. Related posts: The Lights Abandoned High School Forgotten Desk Domino Sugars

Abandoned High School

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this forgotten building is one of my favorites. I would have enjoyed going back at least one more time. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed a large part of the structure about six months after my visit. The school was built in 1906 and the auditorium was added in 1916. In the late 1980’s students were transitioned to a new facility. The property has been “vacant” since 2002. View on 500px or Flickr. Related posts: Forgotten Desk The […]

Install YOURLS URL Shortener

What is URL Shortening? A way to truncate long URL addresses so they are shorter in length. Why would one shorten a URL? They are easier to share! Twitter for example, has a 140-character limit on messages. Shorter URLs mean you can add more text to your tweet. There are many URL shortening services available, such as,,, and Each has its own take on URL shortening and works adequately. I was looking for specific features in […]

Launch Day

It has been over 20 years since I first connected to the Internet. Things sure have changed. One of my first memories of cyberspace is downloading a picture of troops fighting during the first Gulf War. It took about 7 hours to download on my speedy 2400 Baud modem. It was the most amazing thing ever. For those too young to remember, we had no World Wide Web back then. Instead, we had online services with “advanced” graphical user interfaces. […]