Project 313 – Post No. 239

THIS is the third of the Topaz Simplify 4 posts. The photos probably blend together into a hard to distinguish mess . . . especially if you scan them quickly. 

As I said before, Topaz Labs continues to impress me both with their adherence to their free upgrades policy and for the fact they build on existing tools — and improving them in the process — as opposed to crapping all over what used to work and coming up with stuff that (while somewhat useful) takes away as much as it gives.

I’m looking at you onOne. Plus, not even four months after their last “upgrade offer” they now have the 2019 version . . . if you want to pay for another upgrade. I get that you want to be a replacement for Lightroom and Photoshop, but, now, you’re just pissing me off. Plus, you still haven’t replaced the export/batch functionality of previous versions. 

Still, in fairness, it’s a good tool for anyone looking to get into photo editing and doesn’t like Adobe’s subscription model. It’s only us long-term users they want to crap on and thoroughly piss off.

I figure, counting all the upgrades, I’ve got more than $700 into a tool that I now use only sporadically because it doesn’t let me work the way I like to work. The $700 is a conservative number because I’ve been using their software since 2009. 

And now, the photo:

Project 313 239

I thought I would take a break from the Classic Cars details photos and switch to photos I used for selling our collection of tea stuff (cups, saucers, and teapots). 

The above is almost to my liking but I couldn’t quite get the frame to coordinate with the picture. There’s a bit too much orange but because of the shading, I couldn’t quickly adjust the frame without changing the picture as well. I could have masked the frame to isolate it but that’s more effort than I wanted so I accepted it as-is . . . what I’m trying to say is: I like the frame; I think it complements the photo.

It is astounding to me how so many religions make dire predictions and then — when nothing happens — they pay no penalty for being spectacularly wrong. 

Really, religions are only good for making statements after the fact, like telling you why something happened. Some criticize the practice by calling it “hindsight” but I prefer “bullshit”.

So, I think this will be the last spinner for a while, so enjoy the . . . Spinning Escher, Rose Petals, and Life Savers Spinner at Night.

Spinning Escher Rose, Petals, and Life Savers Spinner at Night

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

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