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Lake MI in Winter

I was out on a drive along Lake MI yesterday and stopped to take a few pictures.  It was 19 degrees Farenheit with an arctic wind making it even colder.  The sun was shining but it was anything but warm!  I’m still in the process of trying to scale the pictures down, but GIMP saves them in an unacceptable format after shrinking.  These photos have been cropped and have been edited but for light, color, and clarity.  A few have been greyscaled and one or two have had an effect filter put on them.

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small inland lake at channel to Lake MI
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Same photo in greyscale
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Cool effect on lake bottom with sun and wind
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Same picture greyscaled
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think of these as big ice cubes in the lake — blue filter put on this one
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The channel. Looking towards Lake MI, over the icebergs
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Closer to the icebergs, looking west at Lake MI
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Trails leading up into the dunes

27 thoughts on “Lake MI in Winter

    1. .xcf When I just looked at the properties on one to find the extention, there was a little box that gave an option to change and then directed me to the microsoft store. I did try to resave them and add a .jpg at the end of the name but it didn’t convert them.

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      1. Click File/Export As…

        If it’s a new picture you’ve created, it will say Untitled.jpg or Untitled.png, and it may put it in your Pictures folder or the last folder used. Change the folder if you have some other place your saving your upload pictures to.

        If it’s an edit of a file you open, it likely will export it in the folder of the original. Slightly change the filename so you don’t overwrite your original. Example: IMG_1234_a. jpg or IMG_1234_1.jpg.
        Saving as .jpg will give you a smaller file than as .png. An option in the jpg Export window is Compression. 90 or higher actually is less compression. You might do this to give yourself a file equivalent in resolution to your original. A lot lower and you’ll start to see graininess in your picture.

        When I’m scaling a picture to upload to WP (Say, making it’s height 600) i also lower the compression value. For my own pictures, I can get away with Compression 70 or 75 and still have something presentable.

        I often will use clipart or maybe a picture from unsplash.com. For those I set the Compression to 80 (after scaling the image down).

        Suppose you have clipart that has a transparent background. That will be a .png. If you want to edit it or make it smaller, make sure to export it as a .png. That Export window will have a Compression Level, up to 9. In this case, 9 is the most compression, thus the smallest file. I usually go with 9 and the image looks fine.

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        1. That’s a lot of techie information for a non-techie to absorb, Ken 🙂 I will try that export as… and see if it works. I have been saving the gimp edited in a new folder. I don’t want to have to make another folder for the “exported” photos also, as the clutter factor has to be considered. Thank you again for all of your help!!!!!!

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  1. If it is any use, I use one called Paintshop Pro. I costs but is teens rather than hundreds. It is easy to do something like resize. They seem to have some offer or other all the time.
    When I took lots of photographs, I used one called Aftrshot Pro. Same people.

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  2. Nice photos!
    those lakes are brutal to be near in winter… but worth it at times. As I think I have mentioned, I’m a birder, so where I grew up, Lake Ontario and its shore was a hotspot in winter, since the lake usually stayed open and hosted huge numbers of waterfowl and gulls, plus a few eagles and so on. When a nor’easter hit the East Coast, it wasn’t unknown for oceanic birds to get blown in to our area – jaegars, murres, things usually only seen on the Atlantic. But damn, it was always cold on the shoreline.
    I think the thing people down here don’t get , if they’ve grown up in Texas, about growing up around Toronto, is the size of that lake. The Great Lakes really are GREAT… more like being beside an ocean than a lake. I’m sure Michigan is the same.

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    1. I can see why you became a birder with that kind of collection sheltering there in winter! Yes, it’s always cold(er) on the shoreline, which is nice in summer. Yes, the Great Lakes are like freshwater oceans and it is a blessing to live near them.

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