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A quick post as I prepare for sleep.

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A quick update and Luminar 3

These next ten days offer little opportunity for me to interact with blogs I follow. I mean, I might interact . . . but I might not.

Same for posting. I’ll try to post a few things but I don’t know how easy it will be. It’s a traveling thing, you see. Or, you will see. Or, you might not see. We’ll see.

Meanwhile . . .

One-click Luminar 3 edit

Some people might know I have a SmugMug membership. Well, as a perk, they gave me a free license to Luminar 3 (by Skylum).

OK, really, it’s not like I need another photo editing program (Photoshop, Lightroom, Affinity, DxO, Nik Collection, On1, a slew of Topaz offerings, and a few other programs I hardly ever remember I have.

But, I read a few reviews and . . . well, I downloaded it and tried it. I have to admit I like it. I’m not sure if it’s just because it’s new or because I was swayed by the reviews of photographers more capable than I am. I’d like to think it’s because it works well and produces decent results with minimal effort. Mind it, I barely scratched the surface of what it does (I’m busy, busy, busy and stole an hour I probably don’t have).

Ironically, I’m not including a SmugMug gallery (no time) but you can click on the photo for a larger version.

The above are photos I’ve shared before (or photos similar to those I shared before). They don’t have my currently-preferred border option (not sure Luminar can add borders) nor do the photos have my watermark.

Here are a few photos you haven’t seen yet. First, a JPG of the original Nikon D7500 NEF file shot with the kit lens.

Earlier this month — while sitting outside sipping on some coffee and learning about the D7500  — I saw the sky quickly change. I mean, quickly. And it looked odd. Not the kind of clouds I usually see.

For sure, I thought we were in for some weather. And, we were . . . but it was just regular weather. But the sky looked awesome.

Anyway, here are a few Luminar 3 processed versions of the above.

Here’s a photo shortly after I took the above photo.

I would call that a dramatic sky . . . so I opted for two dramatic looks.

Canned setting

Canned setting modified by me

I saved that last look because I have many more shots of the sky . . . which I will eventually post.

Meanwhile, one last original and processed with Luminar 3 version.

As shot

My super-duper dramatic setting

OK, so I could have done the same (or close, or better) with my current tools. But, this was quick and painless. Plus, the program searched and finds all your photos (something like Picasa used to do) and creates a Library you can work off of.

My guess is that this would be a pretty good replacement for Lightroom for them who just want to own a piece of software instead of renting it. Again, I literally only scratched the surface and I’ve not yet bothered reading what all the program can do.

But, so far, I’m impressed. I’ll be putting Luminar 3 through its paces soon.

Here’s the gallery of the above:

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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A few minutes in the back yard

For them not interested in reading, you can go directly to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.  

For a SmugMug slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

In this case, either option gives you the same experience but one has larger photos.

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Find the Hummingbird — Part 1 Answers

For them who didn’t have the time, patience, or interest in hunting for the hummingbirds, here are a few of the photos with markings indicating where you should be looking. of course, them with little interest will skip this as well but for everyone else, here they are.

Note: I didn’t show all of them because once you see it in one photo you can easily see them in similar photos.

OK, I assume almost everyone got those . . .

Remember, you can click on the photos for a larger version.

Here’s the gallery of the above photos.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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Find the Hummingbird — Part 1

For them not interested in reading, you can go directly to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.

For a SmugMug slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

Note: in this mode, you can also click on the image to zoom in to full resolution (click to zoom out).

If you want the full experience, keep reading.

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Note 8, Snapseed, Photoshop Mix, and Pixlr Pastiche

I take a lot of photos with my Samsung Note 8 but despite my best intentions, I’m way behind in sharing them. This post attempts to make up for some of that . . . except you won’t see the actual photos. 

Instead, these offerings are modified versions of the photos; modified either by editing or by combining them with other photos. There is a SmugMug gallery HERE but I’m not sure how useful it is as far as seeing “more” given these are occasionally highly modified. Note: not all the photos presented below are in the gallery. Variations presented here might not have a SmugMug counterpart. 

Also, not presented in chronological order.

From a local garden shop

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Bugs, Bees, Birds, Flowers, and Thoughts – Part 7 of 7

For them not interested in reading, you can go directly to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.  These are added to the D7500 camera Gallery since they are taken exclusively with that camera.

For a SmugMug slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the <” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

If you want the full experience, keep reading. Also, if you see stuff crossed out (like this) it’s editing after I published the post and any new words are in gray. Part of my educational outreach effort.

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