SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 012

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

In brief, 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.

Today, I offer a relatively recent gallery with 258 photos originally shared in THESE posts. That’s right, it’s the Seven Deadly Sins Challenge. For them who put the challenge out of their minds and them who never heard of it, three writers — Perry, Gary, and I — committed to writing stories for each of the deadly sins.

Arguably, it was one of our least popular writing challenges (although the jury is still out for our current challenge).

What made it so — in my opinion — was the subject matter. I wasn’t very motivated by it, and as challenges go, it’s one I struggled with the most (although the jury is still out for our current challenge).

But, as an upshot, I had lots of reminders trying to get people to vote, hence the many photos. It breaks down to more than 35 photos per sin.

Anyway, on to the gallery of 258 photos.

B29 Superfortress

“Is that the best of the photos?”

I don’t know. Photos — and most art — is highly subjective. For instance, I know not why the Mona Lisa commands the veneration it does. I mean, nothing wrong with it, but also nothing extraordinary. People go on and on about the enigmatic smile (!?), but I just don’t see it. I mean, I see the slight smile, but so what?

Like most art, I think it’s the associated mystique that enhances its perceived value. Had the Mona Lisa been painted by some obscure person named Giuseppe Soffia, it would probably be relegated to obscurity.

There’s a pretty good mix of photos, many artsified, but there are ‘runs’ of photos with the same theme or similar subjects.

As before, some photos were part of other posts, and some were processed specifically for this effort. Again, many of the photos were what I call ‘orphans’ … photos that are one-off and not part of a larger set.

Examples of photos that didn’t go with anything . . .

I used the opportunity to artsify lots of photos . . .

I also included some of my favorite photos . . .

And, of course, bagel faces . . .

But, yes, lots of artsified stuff . . .

I can’t claim great artsification in every shot, but I can claim diversity.

Plenty more in the gallery.

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. 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 SDS Challenge Reminder Posts Gallery (258 photos)

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