Return to organic photos and “P” stories voting reminder

The Alphabet Challenge “P” Stories voting is plodding along at an acceptable — albeit slow — pace.

Given the fires, pandemic, non-functioning government, and impending civil war, I suppose the trickle of votes we’re getting is about as good as we can expect. Of course, given all that, some readers might be looking for something to take their mind off the state of affairs.

If you are one such reader, thank you in advance for eventually reading our stories and for eventually casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge P-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

So, let’s go back to organic photos and travel all the way back to 2003 . . .

of course, I have to Impressionate the shot (Impressionate: v. to use Topaz Impression 2.0 on the photo and artistify it . . . Artistify: v. to de-realisticize a realistic photo, usually by simulating it being painted by a now-dead artist).

Meh! . . . not one of my better efforts.

However, look at the cluster of three bells on the center-lower portion of the shot. I can separate them from the whole and make them a more pleasant blue, and . . .

Long time readers might recognize this crop as I’ve used it before. But, let me show it to you with a monochrome treatment.

I don’t often use Topaz Adjust AI, but it can output some neat processing . . .

. . . and I can then go to the Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro 2 and get me another monochrome offering.

Tomorrow, a post about photographing blue and/or purple stuff.

The Gallery for these and other photos from “reminder posts” is HERE<<<Link. The photos are only slightly larger (30-50%) but the details — and quality — are better in SmugMug than here.

This is where I post a link for the few people who have already voted.

Strangely, this gets as many — if not more — views than the actual stories . . . something is obviously not adding up because — apparently — there are many more people who believe they have voted than actual votes.

Of course, it could be all the people who couldn’t bring themselves to vote for the lesser of three evils.

Anyway, here’s today’s “extra” link . . . HERE.<<link . . . it’s a review of the 2011 year in pictures. Yeah, there’s a lot of stuff there.

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