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 gallery with 392 photos originally shared in a series of posts (HERE), but if you want a good introduction, look in THIS post. Sorry, I should mention I’m talking about DeepDream Generator.

You can read all about it, and you can probably get lost playing with it, but the gist of it is this: making use of Google’s open-source DeepDream code, the site allows you to merge two photos to create a new one. That’s the simplistic version and you can replace “merge” with overlay, marry, join, or any descriptor you want that elicits the idea of taking textures and details from each photo and compiling them into a new photo.

It doesn’t have to be two photos; it could also be one photo and adding textures and/or styles to them (a bit like what I do with Topaz Studio and Impression, but more). However, I found that using two of my photos — judiciously picked — I could get some nifty results.

That’s a small photo, and it’s the actual size. Let me explain.

People who follow me might be familiar with my interest in pareidolia. That’s the propensity to make up words that sound filthy. 

I kid . . . it’s the propensity to resolve random patterns into familiar objects. In my case, faces. There are examples dispersed in various posts of mine, THIS being one such post. In that particular case, I used a computer program I own, Portrait Professional Studio 15, to “facilitate” the visualization so that others might enjoy the same ability. 

A favorite activity of mine is capturing photos of bagel slices that incorporate the likeness of faces. In the case of bagels, I tend to draw freehand on the photos to “bring out” — so to speak — facial features. THIS post has a good number of examples and it also contains my work with muffins. 

Why do I bring this up? Because I lied about not doing any Deep Dreams for a while. You see, I ran a bagel face through Deep Dream . . . 

In case anyone wonders what the two originals look like, let me tell you. 

I could be losing it, but I thought I posted the animal files already . . . but I can’t find the post. Man, I hate getting old. Sure, there’s the excitement of everything being new again as the memory function detariorates, but there’s also the nagging suspicion one is just going in circles.  

Of course, it could also be that I use the same photos for multiple styles applications and I’ve done so many that they are all starting to blend together. Yeah, that’s it! It’s not that I’m losing my mind . . . it’s that I’m too prolific!

Anyway, welcome to yet another Deep Dream post. This might be the last one for a while because this set is the last of the DD I’ve run to date. To be sure, I’ll be running others, but not for a little while.  

So, here we go . . . 

A bit of housekeeping . . . some will wail in anguish — what? It’s possible; not likely, but possible — while others will rejoice. Going on a bit of a trip starting tomorrow. If the plane don’t crash, I might post a few short pieces over the next few weeks but there’s a distinct possibility I’ll be silent for long stretches at a time. If the return plane don’t crash, then I should be back regularly infesting the Interweb around the middle of next month. There’s one other possibility . . . I’ll win the lotto and no one will hear from me again. Truly, the odds are better for a plane crash, but I know which one I’m pulling for. 

Beginning of standard intro for these posts:
Not all my readers like the output from Deep Dream’s processing engine but many readers do. This post is for the latter. 

As I play with Deep Dream, more and more I come to rely on a small set of “go-to” Style images that have a good chance of producing results I’ll like. 

These are the images used as the “Style” for the AI to blend into the main photo. Meaning, the original photo is still recognizable but incorporates elements of the Style photo as determined by the AI. 

Once you choose a Style photo, you can adjust how heavy or light you want it applied. Heavier, and less of the original will be retained. For 90% of what I do, I leave it at the default settings.
End of standard intro for these posts.

This post is about lava Style photos (as in volcano output, not the soap).

Not all my readers like the output from Deep Dream’s processing engine but many readers do. This post is for the latter. 

As I mentioned in the last post, when I play with Deep Dream, more and more I come to rely on a small set of “go-to” Style images that have a good chance of producing results I’ll like. 

These are the images used as the “Style” for the AI to blend into the main photo. Meaning, the original photo is still recognizable but incorporates elements of the Style photo as determined by the AI. 

Once you choose a Style photo, you can adjust how heavy or light you want it applied. Heavier, and less of the original will be retained. For 90% of what I do, I leave it at the default settings. 

This post is about the San Leon Sunrise Style photos.

The photos are from our 2011 visit to San Leon, Texas, and these shots are of the sun through an early morning fog. You can read that post HERE.

Not all my readers like the output from Deep Dream’s processing engine but many readers do. This post is for the latter. 

As I play with Deep Dream, more and more I come to rely on a small set of “go-to” Style images that have a good chance of producing results I’ll like. 

These are the images used as the “Style” for the AI to blend into the main photo. Meaning, the original photo is still recognizable but incorporates elements of the Style photo as determined by the AI. 

Once you choose a Style photo, you can adjust how heavy or light you want it applied. Heavier, and less of the original will be retained. For 90% of what I do, I leave it at the default settings. 

This post is about one of my Style “go-to” photos:

Honest, when I first looked at this as a possible Style candidate, it was from an impulse to “be weird” and I had no expectations regarding the results.  As it turned out, I applied it to one of the more difficult images I’ve been playing with and liked what I got. 

My original plan was to showcase groups of my Deep Dreams over a number of blog posts . . . that was Plan A. 

It turns out that Hawaiʻi is twenty-intercontinental-missile-minutes away from North Korea. By some estimates, we’d have roughly eight minutes “to prepare” . . .

There’s a mad scramble on the islands as people search for vintage school desks. Frankly, even as in good a shape as we are, I don’t think we would fit under one of those. 

All of this was precipitated by our intellectually, ethically, and morally challenged Supreme Leader calling out what more and more appears no more than the mirror image of himself a half a world away. The similarities are uncanny; both “leaders” exhibit obvious shortcomings in the reasoning department and both have followers who refuse to see them for the dangerous buffoons that they are. The only difference appears to be Sean Hannity advises only one of these nutsos. Score one for our side.

Anyway, because of this latest development, I decided to dump all my current Deep Dreams efforts in this one post and hope to go live before the end of the world. Because who wouldn’t want these as the last thing they see as we go up in a fireball?

Note: I get that not everyone likes these. Please understand that I cater to a number of different readers. Some like my fiction, some like my photos, some like my rants (mighty few of those), and some like the eclectic nature of this blog and the erratic way it wanders from one thing to another. If this is not your cup of tea (or coffee, or tomato juice), HERE’s one of my marathon posts that will keep you occupied for a good long while.  

Let me start with this . . . 

That is one of my favorites and it involves the blending of a lion from the Cheyenne Zoo with a shot of the dawn in San Leon, Texas. 

By the way, all of these are blendings of two photos and I’m exclusively using my photos. That’s the case for all of the ones below, but that wasn’t the case for some of the earlier ones as I used their styles when I was learning about the tool and its options. 

I did create a SmugMug Gallery that has all my efforts to date (good and bad). Just click HERE.

OK, then, back to all the previously unpublished Deep Dreams.

I’ve been playing with Deep Dream Generator and while I like most of what I get, there’s a learning curve of sorts that one has to negotiate. Sometimes, you head off into the weeds. 

“What do you mean?” you ask. 

Well, here’s an example . . . 

I meant well and I wanted to use some of the photos from the fabric shop but in this case, it didn’t work out so well.

This next used a buffalo and a cityscape. 

Well, not in this post, but in the next; the password protected post. Yup; you read that right. Password Protected Post. I’m reserving the right to potentially submit this story.

Yes, it’s short, but there are venues that publish Flash Fiction.

As you can see, I’m still playing around with Deep Dream. If you go to THIS LINK, you can see my gallery and when you click on a photo, it also shows you the original and what it was blended with. BEWARE: you can only “like” photos if you create an account and then generate at least a couple of Dreams. Sorry; their rules, not mine. I’ll keep posting a few of the photos here and in future posts, but there’s a lot of them. 

You can click on the photos here and they will open in a new window, but the sizes vary. That’s because they limit the number of photos that can be done in a given period at a given size. If you’re interested in a photo, click on it and it might be one of the larger ones . . . or not. 

. . . so I can share more Deep Dream efforts. For instance . . . 

I also want to share a few observations. For instance . . . 

I read a lot of stuff like this. Apparently, many habits and activities will increase your risk of dying.

Let me set your mind at ease: there’s nothing that increases your risk of dying . . . it’s already 100% and it’s not going any higher.

So, yesterday, I posted my latest short story. If all goes well, as few as four people and as many as six people will read it. I like my readers, but one thing I can be sure of, none of them will rip the story to shreds.

That’s why I’m here, to show how it’s done. 

But first, I played with making a few covers for the story. Mind you, I didn’t waste a whole lot of time on it. First, I went to Pulp-O-Mizer. This is what I came up with after a few minutes of playing around.

The problem? Pulp-O-Mizer is slanted toward the Science Fiction Genre. No one in my story was wearing a fish bowl. Then, I remembered I’ve been known to do a few cover . . .