Golden Gate Bridge, July 2017

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On a drive north through San Francisco and into the celebrated California Wine Country, I learned a hard lesson.  When taking photos with your cell phone, do not use a filtering app to adjust your favorite images.  I was riding in the back seat, leaned over and caught a wonderful image of the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.  It was a bit foggy and hazy and I thought this image would look great in black and white.  I took the latest photo app and ran the image through a B/W filter and cropped it.   On my phone, it looked stunning and I posted it to Instagram.  However, the app stripped out so much data from the image that it’s now a pixilated mess.  Lesson learned?   Don’t experiment with new software with your favorite images.  Or better yet, stick to better quality applications and avoid the “Software du Jour.”

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