Nikon 5100 - Aperture Priority Mode, f/1.4, Sutter Speed 1/4000, ISO 400

Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO – WTF

So confusing! If we replace Aperture with X, Sutter Speed with X and ISO with X. Here is how most articles, videos and self help posts sound. “When X is too high just drop X and check your X settings”. Or if X isn’t the problem, it’s most likely X. Blah Blah Blah… WTF?!?!

Too simplify things here is how I currently understand it. Continue reading

Shelby Dog - Nikon D5100

Personal Photography Challenge

I don’t really know much about how to photograph really good pictures. Whether the subject is an object, a person, a landscape, a building; I simply don’t know what I’m doing.  I thought it would be super easy to get really good photographs with the right equipment. My current equipment includes a Nikon 5100 DSLR, a tripod, an Amazon remote, a bag and two lenses; an 18mm – 55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX (VR) Lens and a 55 – 300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR II Autofocus Zoom Lens. I also just recently purchased a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G SIC SW Prime AF-S Nikkor Lens which is supposedly one of the better ones for portrait photography.

I currently only shoot in Auto mode for any important shots; outside of playing with the equipment around the house. This apparently is not a good thing with DSLRs and experienced photographers as most photography lessons immediately point out, you should step away from using auto settings.

I want to learn and get better at using the Manual, Aperture, Shutter and ISO modes. My main reason to do this is because we are expecting our first child and I want to take the best pictures possible! But how do I do this? Continue reading

Jumping From a Rock on the Chattooga River

In April some family and friends of mine went down the Chattooga River for a fun whitewater rafting adventure. A little over half way through the trip the guides pull the rafts over next to a big rock. They let us all get out, climb the rock and jump off. Good thing I brought my GoPro along for the trip! Check out this video of us jumping off the rock into the Chattooga River.

Camera: GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

Mingo Creek Trail Bike Ride – Knightdale, NC

On January 18, 2014 I mounted a GoPro to the handle bars on my bike and took a video of a bike ride from Lewis Landing in Knightdale to Poole Road. We road the yet to be finished Mingo Creek Greenway Trail. I sped up the footage so you don’t have to sit through the entire 2 hours! Take a look below. We are all looking forward to having the trail complete!

Google Keep

Google Keep is now available for download in the Google Play Store. This type of app is something that I have been wanting for a long time. Google Keep is an app that will simply take down your notes and lists just like you would on a sticky note; just on your phone here. Except Google adds the functionality of adding pictures to notes and dictating notes using your voice. Continue reading

Revitalize Your Life – Week Three & Four

I’m lumping these two weeks together because week four I was on vacation and didn’t document well. Still, I think some valuable lessons can be learned. In week three they have us refraining from gossip and also limiting our TV time. Both of these are no problem for me. I don’t gossip cause it does me no good nor do I care about any of that nonsense. TV is a little more difficult but I could take it or leave it without a problem. In week four Vital Plan has us stating a goal big or small and whether or not we completed it. I was on vacation in Key West that week so I just left that section blank! Also in weeks three and four Vital Plan partnered with Walk Your City to setup a map of places to walk around the area. Continue reading

Revitalize Your Life – Week Two

Day 8
The start of week two! It started out good with a bunch of water and a banana for breakfast. Today at work we had two new developers start so we all decided to go out for lunch. I should have suggested a healthy place; I did not. We ended up going to Ciago’s, an Italian restaurant down the street from our office. I should have chose a healthy item on the menu; I did not. I got the 10″ personal cheese and pepperoni pizza. While eating this I didn’t feel like I made the right choice… it did taste great though! We did however, walk to and from the restaurant, which made me feel a little better. I also had two eggs for dinner and walked a total of 5,506 steps.

Day 9
I did it again! I ate 50% veggies today and it felt great. As a group we did yoga after work. This was my first time doing yoga officially. It was a great experience; felt great doing all of the stretches and breathing. Yoga is a little difficult for me because I’m not that flexible but I can definitely see the benefits in doing it on a regular basis. I walked 2,632 but made up for the lack of steps with the yoga. Continue reading

Revitalize Your Life – Week One


Day 1
Today is the first day that I am doing Vital Plan’s Revitalize Your Life program. I did pretty good with my meals, I had a banana, apple, salad, chicken, broccoli and brown rice throughout the day. I also only drank water and green tea plus I snacked on grapes. I started my supplement regimen today as well. Where I didn’t do so good was in the alcohol department; I drank 1 bottle of champagne and 1 bottle of red wine. A little ambitious I know. For exercising I didn’t really do much… I vacuumed the house (I guess that counts). I took 4630 steps the entire day, our goal is to take 10,000 steps.

Day 2
I started off day 2 by drinking a Gatorade G2, it comes in plastic so it’s not really approved but I kinda needed it. I also had a banana and grapes in the morning. The Vital Plan folks got together with the local YMCA and organized a dodge ball game during lunch. We had a blast throwing balls at each other for about an hour (TWSS). Afterwords I walked back to work from the YMCA to get some extra steps for the day. I actually almost made it to 10,000; I got 7,878. Not a bad day! Continue reading

Google Now and Google Being Creepy

For those of you that are fortunate enough to have an Android device and have the Android software at version 4.1(Jelly Bean) or above; you should be familiar with Google Now. For those that have not received this update or are an iPhone user; Google Now is basically a predictive notification system that collects information from your location, Google searches and Gmail account. It then gives you ‘cards’ with what Google thinks is relevant information. It actually is pretty good and very useful. For example, a couple of weeks ago I was looking to purchase a new couch. I went to Google on my laptop and searched for ‘Furniture Stores in Raleigh’. I then found the one I wanted to visit and clicked on the Google Maps location to see how far away it was. As I was leaving my house to check the place out, I glance down at my phone and saw a notification that says how long it will take to get to the place I just researched. Also, when I clicked on the notification it popped up a map that shows me traffic information of the route. Continue reading