SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 015

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 continue with 14 photos from August 2018 that were used singly in various posts, and another 64 photos originally shared in THESE posts. At the time, we were still in Hawaiʻi and I was using the Note 8. All of the photos from this gallery were snapped with the Note 8.

Anyway, on to the photos.

“Wow! That looks nice! Tell me again why you left Hawaiʻi?”

Well, Bob, there were numerous reasons. They ranged from the fact that — much like the mythical version — calling it ‘paradise’ was an overstatement. Then there were other considerations, like health and family.

Anyway, as mentioned before, while sunsets were definitely a common feature, so were plants . . .

. . . the occasional rainbow . . .

. . . and flowers . . .

Mushrooms are a kind of flower, no?

This small gallery is where I dumped photos that I used in comments or short posts. Meaning they weren’t the subjects of posts.

. . . unlike this photo and its variants:

Those are waterdrops on the hood of our Highlander. Our assigned parking spot was next to a hedge kept alive by sprinklers. I would try to get as much water off as I could, but to this day the Highlander sports remnants of waterdrops that, through the combined effort of the Sun and vog from the volcano, etched the paint. It’s faint, and mostly on the roof, where I couldn’t easily wipe the drops, but it’s there.

The drops — and subsequent photos — are the result of me playing with the free Snapseed photo editor. Aside from ‘normal’ processing options, you could push the settings to give interesting (at least in my opinion) looks. For instance:

My breakfast bowl (I really miss apple bananas)
This looks staged, but it wasn’t.
Given the state of the world, no one is drinking this beer.

The condo complex where we lived had assigned parking spaces . . . I really, really, really, and truly wished this had been mine . . .

The two galleries have versions of individual photos subjected to multiple processing. Sort of what I now do with Topaz, but done with Snapseed.

Occasionally, I’d only offer one version . . .

. . . and sometimes a wall decoration seemed suited to multiple treatments.

I’m also prone to leave an effort and revisit it some time later. The second gallery is from a post six months after the posts linked above, and after we had moved back to the mainland and settled in our current house.

The source for the photos in that gallery is either one of the antique stores we visited, or from furniture stores decorations.

. . . sometimes it’s difficult knowing which is which . . .

Furniture stores have interesting decorations, and antique stores often have interesting items . . . so, in both cases, I usually find something of interest to photograph.

. . . me when I see how old I look.
. . . I don’t know what to say.

Catching up to Spring . . .

It’s three small galleries, but diverse in their offerings.

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 Samsung Note 8 Photos — August 2018 photos (14 photos)

Slideshow of Samsung Note 8 and Snapseed Processing Photos (38 photos)

Slideshow of Samsung Note 8 and Snapseed Processing 2 Photos (26 photos)

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