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And that’s enough of that . . .
I’ve got this itch, you see . . . no, nothing medical. I have lots of pretty good photos (my opinion and not necessarily shared by the public) going back to 2002, when I purchased my first digital camera, the Nikon D100.
I’ve recently mentioned processing tools have exponentially improved since then and that has me looking back at photos I like but were marred by bad lighting, limited equipment, user error, and limited operator skills. Many of these I’ve already published here or on Smugmug, but always with the disclaimer and apology for the poor quality.
Well, I’m going back and revisiting some of these and processing them in Topaz Sharpen AI, Topaz Adjust AI, Skylum Luminar 4, and Skylum Aurora HDR.
For instance, this cardinal was photographed through a double-pane plate window at my Franklin (Michigan) home . . .
This is the happiest I’ve been with that photo (and photos below). So much so that I’m uploading the full-size versions in THIS SmugMug album.
The female was also captured at the same time and place (and through a double-pane window) . . .
For instance, this was shared once before but not with this detail.
Before I go on, yesterday I was asked my opinion about the HBO series Watchmen. Well, we don’t have cable and we don’t subscribe to HBO’s streaming service so I haven’t seen any of it. However, I did review the movie when it came out.
Right . . . on with the photos. This next one is a favorite. This gorilla was behind a thick glass plate and the photo has always been a bit soft and lacking in clarity and detail . . . no more. Sharpen and Aurora teamed up to give me this:
Before people assign agency to the gorilla, it should be noted the finger looked like it had been damaged. Meaning, it couldn’t bend. Sure, that little detail takes a bit away from the photo but it’s still pretty good.
Next up, a Salsify seed ball. This was part of a series I shot back in 2009. Some of those photos ended up on our Colorado home . . . and will make it back to these walls once we repaint and finish decorating.
This and one other photo were only shared after converting them to a painting.
This next photo was also one I really liked but could never make “presentable” . . .
This was another photo I had heavily modified before sharing it as the graphic for the short story Golden Guardian, Silver Hunters.
Again, another fine save by Sharpen and Aurora . . .
This next photo is from Deception Falls in Washington . . . the state, not the cesspool. This was at a time when I was still treating my digital camera as if it were a film camera.
What do I mean by that? I mean that I shot sparingly. Anyway, I liked and hated this photo because I could never process it to my liking. Well, no more . . .
Last but not least — for now — some Bad Boys, Alpaca edition.
There will be more tomorrow but for now, these will do.
That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.
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