SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 023

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, we look at multiple galleries, most still associated with winter photos.

The two galleries featured in this post are related because I split the offering of one post into a color and a monochrome gallery. The post associated with these photos is HERE and the color gallery is HERE. The companion monochrome gallery is HERE. Combined, there are 96 98 photos; 74 75 in the color photos gallery, and 22 23 in the monochrome gallery.

“Let me guess . . . Another icy fog event?”

Yes, Bob; you got me. Some of the photos are presented in both color and monochrome versions, and some are just in one or the other (the above photos are different).

Note also the heavy use of vignetting in the monochrome version. I go through phases as far as how I post-process photos, but that’s not one I repeated. Hmm . . . maybe I should revisit it with the new tools I have.

I really should revisit those photos because I’m not happy with the monochrome versions. Come to think of it, I know I can also do better with the color processing. As it should be since I’ve had an additional 10 years of practice since then.

You can tell which way the breeze was blowing by how the ice crystals formed on branches and ornaments . . .

Wow . . . that’s some heavy-handed monochrome processing, I tell you what! My guess is the photos weren’t all that sharp (I probably screwed something up) and I compensated to mask imperfections.

. . . I bet I could do better now . . .

I don’t know for sure since tastes vary, but I think the updated versions are a tad better . . . that’ll be a project for a future post; redo all the photos from that day. Meanwhile, I’ll add these to the galleries.

. . . now I almost don’t want to show the rest until I redo them . . . but I will.

I think this will look much better redone . . .
. . . as will this.

So, on that day, I didn’t confine myself to around the house. I also took a drive on nearby roads and got a few icy landscape photos . . .

I like these next shots and used them for the Christmas greetings a few years later (HERE).

I’m going to sound like a broken record, but I can do so much better these days . . . which means I’d definitely have to do it. Anyway . . . let’s sample a few more before calling it quit.

As I drove around, I spotted a Horned Lark . . . which I hadn’t seen before (and haven’t seen since).

This cloud formation was a bit out of place with the others . . . probably hiding an alien mothership.

Snow formations also caught my eye . . .

Got me some frosty trees, as well . . .

This next photo is only offered in monochrome . . . which means the color version wasn’t presentable.

Anyway, here are the slideshows for the two galleries.

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 The Icy Fog Cometh — (76 photos)

Slideshow of The Icy Fog Cometh — monochrome version (23 photos)

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