SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 004

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

These posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

I’m writing this a few weeks before the actual publication date . . . and dreading just how much worse-off the world might be by the time this goes live. We’re entering the third year of nothing but one shit-fest after another. At some point, all this shit will start to drag on people.

But, I could be an optimist and assume nuclear war has been averted, tensions have eased, and humanity is collaborating to solve all the pressing issues confront it and endangering the happiness and well-being of so many people . . . sigh . . . if only.

Today’s gallery of 142 photos is populated by old photos that have been re-processed using modern editing tools. Tools that were not available when these photos were first published. Tools like Sharpen AI, DeNoise AI, Luminar AI, DxO PureRaw, and other programs aimed at providing a mediocre photographer with the means of making his photos passable.

There is no one post relating to these photos because they were used in reminder posts during the Alphabet Challenge voting periods. If you’ve not read the Alphabet Challenge short stories but are intrigued by the mere mention of them, HERE is the link to all the stories.

Meanwhile, let’s get to the photos . . .

That particular photo was shot through heavy glass, and, while I liked the photo, I was never happy with the quality. Guess what? The above version meets with my approval. I believe I used PureRaw and then a combination of Sharpen AI and Lightroom to get what I consider a pretty clean photo. Clean if one ignores the rude gesture.

The photos in this gallery offer samples from all the cameras I’ve owned (and still own). Sorry . . . all the digital cameras I own, from the D100 to the D7000.

Not as interesting, perhaps, as the Classic Cars showcased last week, but it’s eclectic enough to perhaps appeal to a broader range of readers.

Those two hawk photos are another example of the tools salvaging what I consider decent but flawed photos. Granted, you don’t want to look at these with a magnifying glass, but as they are, they are significantly better than the originals.

Hmm . . . I seem to have a fair number of hawks in the gallery . . .

Not that it’s a bad thing . . .

Anyway, this isn’t a huge gallery, so I won’t post too many photos here.

. . . so the link below takes you to the slideshow in SmugMug.

Note: the transition is set to 2sec, but — if you move the cursor anywhere within the photo — you’ll see a pause button on the lower left, and, once paused, you can use the left and right arrows on both sides of the photo to navigate the slideshow. I left the captions on for them who might want to read them. If you click anywhere in the photo instead of the pause button, you’ll exit the slideshow and find yourself in SmugMug. You can still scroll through the photos, or interact in other ways.

Slideshow of the Old Photos Redone gallery (142 photos)

I’ll again skip the companion gallery since this is a varied offering as it is.

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