“G” stories voting reminder and Note 8 photos

Let’s get this out of the way . . . if you’ve read them, the writers hope you voted for your favorite of the “Alphabet Challenge G-Stories” HERE.

That’s also where you can find links to the stories so that — you know — if you’ve yet to read them, you can get to reading them before voting.

One piece of good news; I’ve received feedback indicating a rare event . . . apparently, all three stories are good enough that people not only like them all, but have difficulty deciding which one to vote for. But, remember . . . there can be only one.

So, photos. Specifically, Samsung Note 8 photos. Some might have noticed a lack of posts covering Note 8 photography. It’s not because I’ve not been snapping photos, mind you. It’s because I have so much other stuff to cover. So yes, not only am I behind in sharing my D7500 and P900 photo efforts, but I’m way behind in sharing my Note 8 photos.

Here’s the thing . . . because I now have two very capable cameras, and because I almost always have them with me when we go out, and because we don’t frequent places where the Note 8 has an advantage, I have been taking fewer Note 8 photos. I mean, not that many fewer, but fewer that are aimed at sharing.

Half or more of the photos I take with the Note 8 are reminders (notes, labels, etc.), or concerning stuff to do with the house or yard, work I’m doing, and the like.

If I snap a sharable photo, it’s usually something to do with food, food faces, or some odd pattern that awakens my interest and curiosity. Meaning, they are loner photos; I’ll do a post about those eventually, and the photos here give you an idea of what that post might look like.

The above is a photo at the edge of a lake, and as it oft happens, I like presenting Note 8 photos in frames. In this case, they’ve also been processed with Color Efex 4, Topaz Impression 2, and Topaz Studio 1.0.

Here’s some vegetable soup treated to an oil painting filter and framed . . .

I can tell you the soup was very good and I snapped the photo because I thought it looked amazing . . . but somehow, no treatment or editing helped it look anywhere near as good in the digital world. Apparently, I can make something crappy-looking look good, but I can’t keep something that looks good in the real world from looking crappy in the digital world.

Go figure.

Some readers might remember my propensity to make patterns out of the oil or butter I apply to a pan or skillet when I cook eggs or make French Toast.

Although very similar, these are — in point of fact —two separate photos.

Those made use of the Topaz Restyle plugin, Color Efex 4, and Topaz Labs Studio’s Digital Frame function.

Here’s another with a different pattern (same pan, same breakfast).

Now, it might not look it, but this too is a breakfast photo . . .

You can probably figure it out, but if not, here’s a closer view . . .

You can click on the above photos and see a bigger photo, but you can also go to SmugMug (HERE) and the full-size versions. I’ll even include the intermediary step(s) before I added the frames.

In fact, I’ll also add those to the gallery below.

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

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