As you may recall from an earlier post, to my chagrin, Marie Reine du Monde does not have a public restroom. After inventing several very post-modern dance moves, I briskly walked to the nearby Marriott hotel. This also provided Lori the chance to ask directions to beautiful Notre Dame while I visited the little boys room (tee hee). Upon my return, she was still wrapped up in conversation with the concierge and, I took the opportunity to photograph this handsome staircase. It reminds me of the staircase in my future mansion that I’ll likely never buy, except this one doesn’t have a monocle wearing butler coming down it with a hot cappuccino. Ah well, nothing can be perfect right?
Grease Lightning Page Load Times!
As you may have noticed, this site now loads quite quickly. For such an image heavy site like The Unframed World, I feel it’s crucial to make sure you all don’t wait too long for content. So, this week the whole site was moved to new servers in the UK as well as got some pixy dust sprinkled into the code. To be precise, the homepage used to take up to 20 seconds to fully render, now the best time we’ve clocked is just over 600 milliseconds! It’s systematic, It’s hydromatic, Why it’s a grease lightning! (Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go)
How we improved page load time
To be honest, I have only a vague idea how “we” improved page load times. All credit goes to a good friend of mine named Louis (a.k.a. the Code Whisperer… not really, he’s too humble and would hate that nick-name). He did all the real work while I asked dumb questions and provided the dinero for the new server space. Louis is a seriously brilliant computer wiz that I met last year at a hostel in Baltimore. If you’re in need of web site help, send me an e-mail via the contact page and I’ll send your request to him.
Aside from moving the site to a dedicated server (rather than a shared one where several sites are all using the same bandwidth), I believe he stripped away a lot unnecessary code, set up some page caching and image crunching plug-ins, and expertly performed multiple backflips to invoke more speed. Again, this is all very far over my head (especially the backflips ), but I know one thing, the site loads ridiculously fast now. I’m very grateful to be able to deliver content to you with less delays now. Thanks Louis!
This image was a pretty straight forward Photoshop edit. In Photomatix, I made sure to keep the luminosity slider as low as possible to avoid losing details to the classic HDR glowy look. Also, in the Photoshop Edit screenshot below, you’ll notice the “Yellow De-sat” which selects the white stone in the stairs in the ceiling. In this HSL adjustment layer I dropped the Yellow saturation about 10 points in order to create a stronger emphasis on these elements since they create the dramatic movement in the photo.
One of my goals was for the final image not to be overtly “HDR.” So how do you think I did? Any areas that stick out to you?