Topaz Labs has Sharpen AI on sale

Topaz Labs is having a small sale ($20 off) on Sharpen AI (HERE<<link) until August 7th. It’s not much off, but if you are in the market, it’s not bad. Better than a poke in the eye (maybe).

Here are a couple of examples:

Original
Auto Settings — Sharpen AI

That has introduced a few minor artifacts which I can remove by other means. It could be choosing different settings would reduce/eliminate the artifacts.

This is, perhaps, a better example . . .

Original
Sharpen AI — Auto Settings.

You can click to get a larger view, but here’s a gallery . . .

Note: I was not asked to do this post, nor am I receiving any compensation or commission from any sales.

I think the product does a pretty good job in many instances, and — if you can afford it — it’s worth having.

By the way, about the second image . . .

This is the second time this year I’ve seen a similar scene . . . it looks like a Song Sparrow feeding what looks like NOT a Song Sparrow fledging. Unless fledging Song Sparrows are much larger than what they will be as adults.

I’m assuming this is an instance where another bird added their egg to the Song Sparrow’s nest and the sparrow is now raising the young as its own.

I’m also assuming this is a Brown Cowbird fledging because they are notorious brood parasites, although I’ve not noticed any Brown Cowbirds around during my time here.

I was trying to find the incidence of such devious trickery because, as I said, this is the second time I’ve seen this, and I’ve yet to see a Song Sparrow feed any of its own young (although I don’t know where they nest near me).

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