Reworked photos and a “U” stories voting reminder

An uptick in voting has restored the confidence of the writers. With three days left to vote, we hope we’ll see the usual late surge.   

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Today, I’m posting photos from the past. Here’s one landscape photo that says it all . . .

. . . not Illinois . . .

There were a number of reasons why we moved from Colorado . . . but vistas like the above were not among them.

But, back to hawks . . . these photos look like shots I might have shared before . . .

Hawk taking flight in color hawk taking flight in monochrome

And, yes, the first photo had previously graced these digital pages. The second photo was less-than-sharp and got filed with the ‘someday, maybe‘ photos . . . until today which — thanks to Topaz Sharpen AI, Lightroom CC, Color Efex Pro 4, and Silver Efex Pro 2 — becomes ‘today, for sure‘.

I mean, probably not as perfect as I would like, but these photos went from unusable to “Hey! Them ain’t half bad!”

This is the version of the first photo that I had originally posted in July of 2010 in this post (LINK).

Look at those wings.

Compare it to the re-processed version above. See how I’m a better 2010 photographer now than I was at the time?

Here is another photo I had wanted to post back then but didn’t . . .

Instead, I posted this next shot, taken a second or so after the above shot (a poor choice on my part) . . .

I am always impressed by their wing-to-body ratio.

Here’s how I would process it today . . .

I should have posted this next shot instead of the above shot . . . or, maybe I should have posted both of them. . .

Anyway, that was ten years ago. I guess today is better late than never.

This LINK will take you to the SmugMug gallery that has the full-size versions of the above and also photos from recent reminder posts.

I’ll close this update with a gallery of the above, including the two originally posted versions . . .

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