Another reminder for “M” stories voting

The Alphabet Challenge M-Stories voting has entered the doldrums . . . I mean, I get it . . . we’re about to go to war with China, be ravaged by a pesky virus, and ruined by an economic catastrophe . . . BUT, I say, what better time to get your mind off those things and read semy-quality fiction?. 

If you’ve not already done so, you can read the stories and cast your vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge M-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

OK, that it; you may once again ponder the shitty aspects of current life . . . BUT, before you go . . .

. . . a few photos reworked (part of a near-future post) . . .

Yes, you may assume I’ll be continuing the documentation of my 2017 Alaska cruise.

These versions have been treated to Impression 2.0 and Restyle (Topaz Labs).

I won’t post these again, so you’ll have to identify which photos they came from by switching back and forth between this post and the future one. Good luck.

I really like the composition of these next photos . . . but they are both flawed. First up, an early morning tranquil scene.

What’s wrong with those, you ask? Good question. It’s not as visible on these versions, but there are reflections visible in the regular photo (this was shot from behind a window).

This next photo is a lie . . . the original shows a much smaller and brighter moon, no more than a nondescript blob of light in the sky. So, I took a closeup shot of the moon (same time, same place) and merged it into the photo.

I think it looks nice . . . much like lies, we’re willing to accept what looks good over what’s true . . . and call it art. Or politics.

You can see the full-size photos in the SmugMug Gallery HERE.<<<Link

I know some (mighty few) people miss my long posts . . . but, since this is a short post, here’s a short(ish) offering,  THIS POST<<link is from 2017. Don’t read it while hungry.

Or, you could read THIS POST<<link offering a look at how a Singer sewing machine can be integrated into photography by the use of technology.

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


Note: if you are not reading this blog post at, know that it’s copied without permission, and likely is being used by someone with nefarious intentions, like attracting you to a malware-infested website. Could be they also torture small mammals.


If you’re new to this blog, it might be a good idea to read the FAQ page. If you’re considering subscribing to this blog, it’s definitively a good idea to read both the About page and the FAQ page.

About disperser

Odd guy with odd views living an odd life during odd times.
This entry was posted in Nikon P900, Photography Stuff, Photos, Travel Stuff and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

11 Responses to Another reminder for “M” stories voting

  1. Ggreybeard says:

    I like your Moon shot – and I always prefer it when the photographer explains there was some trickery involved in producing it, as you have done.

    On Flickr I often see images involving the Moon or stars which have obviously been faked. As an astronomer I can often tell when they have placed the Moon in the wrong part of the sky – or they have superimposed a starry background (with repetitive patterns) on a still bright sky.

    It’s ok to be creative but am I wrong to be annoyed when they aren’t up front about it?


    • disperser says:

      Unless it’s extremely obvious, I always mention if I’ve edited a photo (other than processing adjustments).

      Here’s the original of that shot and the moon that I used (both snapped within seconds of each other using my P900. Alas, I was on a hauling ship and shooting hand-held. Not the best of quality.

      I’m rarely happy with the results from shooting scenes with the moon . . . except for a morning in June 2011.

      The thing is, I rarely get photos that “look” like what I see, and that was one instance I was pleased with the results.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. AnnMarie says:

    More artsy-fied offerings . . . YES!!! My creative juice cup overfloweth!

    And I think Ggreybeard is right to feel annoyed . . . those who take artistic license ought to fess up about it.


  3. Beautiful!
    I enjoy when you Monet-Manet your photos!
    The Topaz-y-Restyle is cool, too!
    Taking what is already art and giving it a different artsy-flair! Yay!
    (((HUGS))) :-)


    • disperser says:

      Thank you, Carolyn. I punch these out pretty quickly for these reminder posts. Still, they usually end up looking nice.

      Liked by 1 person

      • It would be cool to take any one of those photos…a before and after, so to speak, and frame them together to look at and enjoy.


      • disperser says:

        I used to print stuff at home, but that gets to be expensive (printer ink is some of the most expensive stuff in our universe). I keep meaning to use SmugMug’s option to order prints (and even framed stuff, or other do-dahs like cups and stuff) just to see how they would look.


Voice your opinion

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.