NOTE: an astute reader noticed a big error on my part. In my rush to get the post out, I misread the identification of the bird . . . it’s not a Cattle Egret but a Black Crowned Night Heron.  Sorry for the confusion.

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

For a 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

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As it came out of the camera – Nikon P900

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OK, so, two things . . . one, I have a lot of posts with ducks. Two, I’m old and it could be I’m getting mixed up on sharing these older posts. HERE is one I don’t think I shared yet (at least, not in recent posts). 

However, if you’ve recently seen it, you can always forward the link to a friend, family member, significant other, or a stranger you met at the supermarket. 

And now, the photo:

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Another process I like . . . and that I’ve forgotten to save.

Once again I face the looming deadline . . . this post needs to be finished in the next 14 hours. It seems like a long time, but there are snacks and other distractions that will attempt to thwart my effort to complete the task. 

While I struggle with that, HERE is a throwback post for them interested in more than what’s offered here. This is for all the people not experiencing Winter and who can appreciate the beauty of that there cold stuff that covers everything. Also . . . ducks.

And now, the photo:

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I should probably take a break from the classic cars details . . . but I have a few more lined up before I try my hand at other things (for a while).

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The previously linked post with Canada Geese was pretty well received. HERE is another short post on the bird that is the bane of many golf courses.

Also, my yard . . . what worked to keep them out (despite the fact they could have flown in) was running a string — about 6″ off the ground — along the periphery of the grass area. 

And now, the photo:

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Another treatment I quite like . . . but that I forgot to save as a setting . . . darn it!

I figure Monday is both when people are most dejected from being back at work and also have the most vigor from having not worked all weekend. 

In other words, the perfect opportunity to LINK one of my long posts. 

And now, the photo:

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I had a similar (but different) post showing the headlights to a similar car model. I think this one is more striking. 

OK, so I’ve screwed around with the calibration and think I have an adjustment where things look like they used to. It may yet be the calibration I’ve picked results in me thinking I’m presenting one thing (gorgeous colors expertly balanced) whereas, in reality, I get a completely different thing (an off-color pastiche only colorblind individuals will find pleasing). 

So, this is another post where I play around with a few different post-processing programs and see what comes out the other end. These are the photos I’ll be using (shown as they came out of the camera without any post-processing):

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Another Sunday . . . typically, the least viewed of my posts are the Sunday posts. It’s why on Sunday is when I’d post many of my “pondering” pieces. Tirades about this or that thing that few ever read. 

No worries . . . today I’ll bore you with THIS post about photo post-processing.

And now, the photo:

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Honest, the engine was even more impressive in person. 

As I mentioned, I be gots me a new laptop. A laptop I’m still trying to tune. And by tune, I mean the display. 

I done did me some calibration and in a previous post, I gots me decent feedback for the color quality. At least, decent enough for what I’m doing.  

Things are seldom Black and White . . . but, occasionally, they are. This post has a few B&W conversions done using On1 Raw, Nik Collection Silver Efx Pro, and Lightroom.

To my tired eyes, these all seem to have a slight tinge of . . . I’m not going to say as I don’t want to predispose anyone’s opinion. Not that anyone ever agrees with me on anything, but some might be tempted (as many often are) to go opposite of what I say just to mess with me. 

So, like, here’s the deal . . . I’ll post a gallery of photos and anyone who has any kind of opinion as to the quality of the conversions (expert or not) is encouraged to express said opinion (expert or not) in the comments section below the post. 

I posted a pond post in the previous Project 313 post but I thought I might really go all out and link THIS lengthy post about the same pond (but probably different denizens).

And now, the photo:

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You don’t see many “deluxe” cars these days . . . because they all look like eggs. 

Heck, the emblems themselves have gotten just as boring as the cars. 

Another post from years ago that might appeal to some . . . THIS post is about a pond and its denizens. 

That was a common stop whenever I wanted to practice photographing birds in flight or at rest. 

And now, the photo:

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With as many processing opportunities, it’s always a pleasure finding a new process (which will soon become old as I apply it elsewhere). I like this combination. For the record, the original color for the Volkswagen trunk lid was baby blue. I think this looks better. 

I would certainly buy such a paint scheme since I then wouldn’t have to wash the car as often. 

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I mentioned before that I do long posts (although there aren’t many recent examples) and THIS post certainly qualifies. As a bonus, the comments include a discussion about the movie “The Shining”.

Again, it would require a healthy chunk of time to read through in one setting, but you can scroll through the photos pretty fast. 

And now, the photo:

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I call that . . . Handle in Space Approaching the Barrier.

Once again, I have to rush through a number of Project 313 posts. As usual of late, HERE is a post from a few years ago that might interest some. 

I’m cranking these out pretty fast so if I accidentally link to a recently linked post . . . well . . . enjoy it twice.

And now, the photo:

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That’s not where I was going with that photo but I like where it ended up. 

One of the first things we did when we got into Colorado Springs in late 2004 was to visit Garden of the Gods. I had never seen that much red rock before. HERE are the photos from the place. 

And now, the photo:

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Yes, I know . . . it looks like a door handle. But, it’s not! A tail light, it is. I mean, it looks neat, but I assume it would be a pain to both keep clean and keep from getting damaged. 

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If you like animals — especially wild animals — you’ll then enjoy THIS look back. That’s another thing I miss here in Hawaiʻi . . . not only hawks and hummingbirds, but also larger wild animals. We do have goats and wild boar (pigs) but that’s not much diversity. Plus, I see many goats each time I drive anywhere and I’ve only caught a glimpse of a pig in the two+ years we’ve been here. 

And now, the photo:

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Interesting look . . . imagine it in color . . . did you imagine it as yellow, hot, glowing metal similar to the anger we feel for the politicians we’re stuck with or cold and icy as the hearts of the politicians we’re stuck with?

I flip between one and the other.