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Dream A Little Dream Of Me

I rarely participate in WordPress Photo Challenge, mostly because I forget about it . But this week a post from Stacy Fischer reminded me and I remembered I had a perfect photo. They said – show us something Dreamy…so, here it is.

Loré Dombaj ABF15 after

I took this photo last year of the coast of Monte Carlo. I was visiting my relatives in Genoa and one day my uncle and I  drove to Cote d’azure. It was a beautiful day that filled me with wonderful memories that will last me a life time.

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Aces Are High, Aces Are Low

The first time I visited Monte Carlo was 23 years ago. I don’t know if it was because I was a kid, but you could feel the money and the aristocracy all around you, there was a certain amount of charm that would stay with me for years. That changed when  I visited again last year. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a  tourist attraction with people walking around in shorts and beach sandals, spending 10 euros just so they could say they were gambling at the grand old Casino de Monte-Carlo. It looked so cheap and trashy, it lost all its charm and nostalgic atmosphere. They are building skyscrapers!!! What a travesty. What a disappointment. At least I managed to capture some of that lost charm in the back gardens.

Casino1       Casino de Monte-Carlo 09.05.2013.

Interesting fact: The most famous example of the gambler’s fallacy occurred in a game of roulette at the Casino de Monte-Carlo in the summer of 1913, when the ball fell in black 26 times in a row. This was an extremely uncommon occurrence. Gamblers lost millions of francs betting against black, reasoning incorrectly that the streak was causing an “imbalance” in the randomness of the wheel, and that it had to be followed by a long streak of red.

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Stretch Your Sails and Sail Away

Every Friday I try to post my After Before Forum entry, a weekly challenge hosted by Stacy Fischer on her blog Visual Venturing.

In the wake of last week’s failed experiment, I decided to put a little bit more effort to this week’s entry.
Loré Dombaj ABF15 beforeI took this photo last year in Monte Carlo. Loved that big boat with those beautiful sails, but couldn’t get the clear image without those awful yachts (I mean, who buys a “golden” yacht???).
So, I first cropped the image, which gave me a good starting point.
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The biggest things was to replace the docking area with the sea. It took me few hours playing with Gimp and I must admit it was a test of my patience replacing all that area around the boat. I don’t know if it is easier in some other program, but it was a long process, especially when I came close to the boat.
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When I finished the image, I still didn’t quite like it, because it was too grainy. So, I soften the image a little bit, lost some details, but camouflaged all the grainy area, especially the sails.
Loré Dombaj ABF15 afterHere it is, the “after” image. It took me some time to get to it, but I think it was worth it. And it pushed me to start learning how to use Gimp.

Please, check Stacy’s blog for other wonderful entries.