Old Hawk and Reminder to Vote

Twenty-three visitors viewed the 1500 words challenge post but only two voted. I mean, I get it; it was a holiday. An eating holiday, at that. In retrospect, that wasn’t what one might call good timing. Same for today; people immersed in a spending frenzy aren’t likely to spend their break reading stories and pondering on the relative merits of the narratives before casting a vote.

Still, them Readers Awards won’t mean much if there are no actual readers voting. So, if you can muster the physical and mental energy for it, please read the short stories and cast your vote before noon, December 4th. 

At 1,500 words, reading each story should take no more than seven minutes to read and I realize that’s a huge time commitment in these days of near-instant gratification.

And that’s enough of that . . .

Today’s post is about an old hawk. Not age-wise old; photo old, as in 2012. This was a rare capture for me; a hawk who dropped from above onto a random spot in the snow. I missed the actual moment, but I have the aftermath . . .

All photos are cropped from larger originals. For instance, this is the original of the above . . .

Original RAW file out of the camera

I wanted to test out Topaz Sharpen AI some more, so I processed all the photos using Sharpen AI and Adjust AI. (NOTE: Topaz Lab is having their Black Friday sale of all their AI modules and Studio 2. I don’t get anything for providing the link, but in case anyone is interested, HERE.)

Anyway, Sharpen AI lightens the photo for reason I don’t yet know and to which I don’t object.

Processed through Topaz Labs Sharpen AI.

You can see how much I cropped the photo. I could have pushed it a bit more but that’s about the 100% view of the photo.

Adjust AI — as mentioned a couple of posts ago — does a good job processing the photos . . . so that’s what I used. These are my favorite two photos of the series . . .

I can’t force you, but you might want to click on those; you get to see a larger version.

Here’s the gallery of all the photos from that series:

Why would I grab some old photos to process?

First, because I like them. Second, because I wanted to see what my current processing tools could do.

Here’s a gallery of the photos that were originally shared contrasted with the newly processed versions:

The comparison is not always fair because of the different cropping and the size differences in the posted photos back then and now.

The captions are from the original post, and while the crops aren’t the same, you can see the processing differences.

By the way, February 2012 was a prolific month as far as photos go. For example, here’s a gallery of the other hawks from that same post . . .

Those are hand-held with the 70-200mm f/2.8 and the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lenses. Overall, pretty good, I think.

And, just because it’s a day of excess (Black Friday and all) here’s a gallery sampling other photos from February 2012 . . .

Obviously, not all shot in February 2012, but published that month, and this is just a small sample. Where did I find the time to process all them photos?

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

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