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.
One gallery this week for a total of (!) 524 (!) photos. You read that correctly: five-hundred-twenty-four photos. In Italian, cinquecentoventiquattro foto. For my one Icelandic reader, fimm hundruð tuttugu og fjórar myndir.
There are no specific blog posts associated with these photos, a small blessing because it would be a chore to link them all. Rather, these photos were used in the various posts reminding people to vote for the 26 Alphabet Challenge rounds. If you haven’t heard about the Alphabet Challenge, that is a great link to follow because it points to all 78 stories.
And, if you have not read the reminder posts, you have a huge and diverse gallery to peruse. A gallery that ranges from ‘regular’ photos . . .
. . . to sometimes highly stylized photos
When doing these reminder posts, I would choose a few from the hundreds of thousand photos I have, and just play with the editors I have. Maybe even overprocess them . . .
Or use Luminar AI to replace the background of photos (and then run them through Topaz Impression 2) . . .
There are a lot of bird photos . . .
. . . but also more mundane stuff, like rocks . . .
. . . and grass . . .
. . . and paintings of French Toast.
Maybe even stuff almost no one will recognize . . .
Once in a while, I play with Topaz Studio 2 and ‘frame’ photos I’ve stylized using Impression, or Glow, or other Topaz plugins.
. . . then, I get back to my favorite birds . . .
. . . or food faces . . .
. . . or scary odd stuff . . .
Oh, and flowers . . .
I’m occasionally told my photos are nice, and while I appreciate the comments, I wonder . . .
. . . I wonder if it’s a bit like this raccoon; sure, he likes oranges because that’s what he (she?) happened to find, but what would it think of the oranges if there were a pile of hotdogs right next to the oranges? Yup . . . the hotdogs would clearly be deemed better!
But, sometimes I play with stuff that — while maybe not fantastic — is at least interesting.
Such as . . .
In case it wasn’t recognized, it’s the wing of an insect, probably a cicada.
Sometime I photograph stuff that can look like someone legging it . . .
And sometimes, I get cuteness in my sights . . .
One good thing about the number of photos I post is that I forget about them until I see them again (hence another reason for these posts) . . .
Sometimes I think I should try and sell my photos . . .
. . . then I remember . . . oranges, hotdogs.
So, nope! I’m content just sharing my odd mix of stuff with the few who discover this blog.
Anyway, lots of photos for them who would peruse them.
And who would peruse them? Probably not many people, if anyone at all . . . and that’s fine.
I mean, of course it’s better to read about war, inflation, catastrophes, and human misery! Right?
Anyway, here is the slideshow for the gallery . . . extremely bored people might sit through it all, but if in a hurry, just go to the gallery (HERE), and be selective in what you want to see.
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.
That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.
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