Things and stuff and photos and post-processing – part one

Our exercise routine used to be thus: 1.5 hours at the gym on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Sometimes we’d get in additional walking. The 1.5 hours were split between free weights, aerobics (rowing for me), and weight machines. 

We’ve now been traveling for a shade over two months . . . that’s a major disruption of our routine. But, it’s not just a disruption of our exercise routine . . . traveling also disrupts other routines. Like my eating routine.

Yes, I’m trying to tell you, my readers, that I’ve increased in mass. How much? I don’t know. Remember this photo?

I originally posted it as a joke but I know I’ve put on some weight because of how my clothes fit. 

Another component of my routine was a weighing in, each day at the same time. That provided me with data as far as when to increase my workout or decrease my eating or both. 

I don’t have a scale but I know my clothes. 

Mind you, I’m not yet lost to elasticized outfits but I’m thinking about it. 

The greater concern is not so much the weight as the fitness. Not exercising means losing muscle and replacing it with fat. So, in fact, I don’t think I’ve gained all that much weight (as a guess, between 7 and 10 lbs) but I know I’ve gained flab.

Here’s the final thing about this sad state of affairs . . . the ratio of time as far as how long it takes to recoup fitness lost is two (2). This is my own observation based on past forced suspension of exercise (when I was hurt or had surgery). There are articles that go into greater detail (HERE) but for me, for every month I don’t exercise, it takes me two months to get back to the prior level of fitness. 

We’re not done traveling yet, so that’s not good news. 

To be clear, I don’t regret all the eating I’ve done; I know it’s not good for me, but in the short term I’m going to enjoy whatever I eat that I don’t normally eat but that is nonetheless very tasty. 

But, on to the rest of this post . . . 

This is a photo of a flower bud with the bud out of focus . . . 

As is often the case, you can click on the photo for a twice as large version. 

The above was processed using Snapseed on my Note 8.

Here’s the same version processed with the tools available on my PC.

It might be marginally better but few will notice any difference — especially if viewed on the tiny screen of a phone or pad.

I processed the above anticipating using it in a previous post . . . but the lack of focus issue had me scrap my plans until I had a chance to process it on the PC. But, it’s not as good as I want it.

Still, it’s one of my photos . . . I hate discarding photos. 

. . . so I tried something else . . . 

The splash of color on the B&W canvas is interesting enough, but the bud is still out of focus . . . what am I to do with it?

Hmm . . . a bit too extreme, methinks. 

I guess there’s no recourse but to . . . MirrorLab it!

The thing with MirrorLab that makes it interesting (to me) is that using it creates patterns and features that go beyond the subject of the photo. I mean, seriously . . . how many “faces” can you see in those photos? How about creatures and patterns? 

Those are simple reflections . . . but . . . 

Reflection of reflection. 

You can do more complicated geometric reflections than just left and right or up and down . . . 

By changing the spread you can create other patterns. In these next cases, completely eliminating the red portion by imploding the original past where the red is no longer visible . . . 

The last one reminds me a bit of a lamprey . . . or, Predator (from the movie of the same name).

. . . OK, so it’s not an exact match for either . . . 

The ones with a bit of color are (usually) more interesting.

Here’s a quad version extruded into 3D space . . . 

Let’s reflect on that a bit . . . 

 . . . go further, you can . . .

Some might remember this from a few posts ago . . . 

We’ll play with that one in part two but for now . . . 

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


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About disperser

Odd guy with odd views living an odd life during odd times.
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9 Responses to Things and stuff and photos and post-processing – part one

  1. AnnMarie says:

    I really like the “extreme” out-of-focus bud photo . . . amazing how a few (or more) clicks can turn a photo into art. And your “pink/black mandala” photo, “quad into space” and the “swirly” one did capture my attention . . . and made it into my artsy reference file! Not to mention all four are now in my lockscreen folder so I can enjoy them throughout the day. Thanks, bro!


  2. OH! You must’ve had great fun playing with these photos! I do see faces, shapes, textures, colors, motion, and more! I looked at them slowly and then went back to the top and looked at them a 2nd time!

    That bear looks so bear-hug-huggable!

    Continued bestest wishes on your traveling!
    BTW: What are a few of THE best things you’ve eaten on your travels?
    HUGS for you and Melisa! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Well, there was the whole cruise eating . . . er . . . eating cruise. But also lots of doughnut holes, had a great meal at Cracker Barrel (usually, I can take it or leave it, but this particular meal was pretty good . . . fish sandwich that was actually good, mashed potatoes, dumplings, mac & cheese, and fresh biscuits.

      . . . there were no leftovers.

      Also, pulled pork sandwiches, Italian sausage on hotdog buns, and other stuff I can’t rightly remember right now but that I can recall by looking at my waist.

      You know what they say . . . the waist is a terrible thing to mind . . .

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  3. GP Cox says:

    Like how you posed the bear!


  4. colonialist says:

    The bear certainly has character. So do the increasingly sinister shapes to follow. Some become downright (or upright) scary!


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