A “T” stories voting reminder . . . and Topaz Labs sale

Getting down to the last few days — three — of the Alphabet Challenge “T” Stories voting round. We’re on our way to another pretty good turnout, as far as votes go.

It still looks like there are lots of visitors who abstain from voting (and probably from reading), but, overall, the writers are pleased that after twenty rounds, we’re still getting a decent turnout, especially considering all the stuff that’s going on and the fact it’s a holiday week.  

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge T-Stories” are HERE(link) Votes will be accepted until noon, Chicago time, on November 27th.

Today, I want to do something different. Let’s begin by looking at this photo . . .

As shot

That’s an unaltered photo of our 2010 Tahoe (which we sold when we moved to Hawaiʻi). What’s so special about the photo? Nothing. It’s basically a prop.

What I actually want to show you is this crop of the front wheel.

And then, the output from Topaz Lab’s GigaPixels 4X scaling of the crop.

4X enlargement (click for full-size view)

. . . and then . . .

6X enlargement (click for full-size view)

OK, so the Chevrolet emblem is not that accurate, but remember the original size wasn’t all that great either.

So, why these photos? Because Topaz Lab is having their Black Friday Sale (LINK). If you exclude the Video AI module (which I don’t own) you get their current suite of apps for $199.

Let me show you another example . . .

As shot

Here’s a crop of the photo:

As shot crop (click for full-size version)

Here’s the above put through Sharpen AI (it’s subtle, but there is an improvement) . . .

Sharpened by Sharpen AI (click for full-size view)

Here is the 4x enlargement of the above

4x enlargement (click for full-size view (warning: 10MB)

If you do click on the above, and your cursor is a magnifying glass, click again to zoom in to the full view.

Maybe that’s not all that impressive . . . how about this example?

original shot (click for full view)
Crop of original (click for full view)
4X enlargement (click for full view – warning: 12MB)

If you zoom in, you can see it’s holding something in its beak, probably a small rodent.

Now, that’s just GigaPixel AI. But, most of my readers already know Studio and Studio 2. The earlier plugins (impression, glow, simplify, etc) have all been integrated into Studio. Adjust Ai, Mask AI, and JPEG to RAW AI, are the other apps along with the one I use most often, DeNoise AI.

Here is a shot from Mammoth Cave . . .

Original – click for larger view (3MB)

For them who don’t click, here’s a crop showing the noise:

crop of original

Yes, yes, those are orbs . . . some say they are spirits or ghosts or their Aunt Mildred coming back from the dead for a visit . . . it’s dust particles caught by the flash. But, I’m sure me saying that won’t change anyone’s mind.

Anyway, enter DeNoise AI and . . .

DeNoise AI output – click for larger view

And, again, for them who won’t click, here’s a crop of the above . . .

crop of DeNoise output

Look, I know most people don’t do as much with their photos as I do. But, for them who like to play with their photos, I have no qualms recommending Topaz Lab’s products, either individually or as a bundle.

OK, I’m done now . . . don’t forget to read and vote.

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