SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 026

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.

Two galleries again this week, the first with 33 photos! The post associated with these photos is HERE, and the photo gallery is HERE. Many of the photos are similar, hence why I’ll add photos from another gallery after these.

The photos in the gallery were all shot hand-held using the p900. Really, given sufficient light, the camera comports itself admirably. But, since it’s the P900, I need to start with the Moon.

“As many moon shots are you share, one might think that’s the only reason you bought the P900.”

That’s actually not too far from the truth of it. But, the long zoom comes in handy in other situations, like when shooting a palm from the side of the road.

. . . and then zooming in on it . . .

It almost doesn’t look like a real palm . . . and that’s because it’s not.

It’s a Traveler’s Plant. It’s sometimes referred to as Traveler’s Palm, but its actual name is Ravenala.

They interest me mainly for the regular pattern of the leaves.

But, seriously, the color and the pattern — when in a close-up — look like something someone drew while bored. A doodle of sorts.

I mentioned in the post that the pattern can play tricks on you (your brain). The following photo is perfectly rectangular, but the pattern tricks your brain into thinking the photo is tapered at the top.

It’s difficult to see the effect unless you can fit the entire photo on the screen. (click on the above photo).

The gallery also contains a single photo of the Golden Bear . . .

. . . the Golden Bear . . . 

The next gallery (HERE) has 75 photos and there is no corresponding blog post since these photos were used as fillers in various posts.

Artsified version of a photo of stuff growing on a rock

It’s difficult to determine the size of the various subjects, so here’s a hint . . .

It almost looks like a diorama someone would make as a project for school . . . it just needs a toy dinosaur.

Many of the photos in the gallery are copies that have been artsified by yours truly.

Here’s a favorite example.

Here’s an example of a marine denizen made into a glowing abstract . . .

Many of the photos were just me stopping the car and snapping a photo (something I did a lot, and not only in Hawaiʻi but also in Colorado).

That’s Hawaiʻi, but it could be Colorado.

And, sometimes, the road itself. This next one was one of my favorite roads to drive.

For the first 20 months or so, we lived in an apartment with a western view . . . got lots of photos from the balcony, especially of sunsets.

I mentioned drives, and one of the thrills was seeing snow . . . here are a few photos of snow adorning Mauna Kea

Here’s another sunset . . .

Flowers were always popular subjects . . .

And, yes . . . the Moon . . .

When driving around, one never knew what they might come across . . .

And, of course, fireworks . . .

And here are the slideshows . . .

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 Moon, Travelers Palm, and Golden Bear — (33 photos)

Slideshow of the Random Hawaiʻi Photos — (75 photos)

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