For years I have used Adobe Photoshop to process my photos. That all change in November when I purchased a license for a product called Luminar that comes from Skylum. It has been around for a long time for iOS based computers, but not for Windows devices (and I’m a dyed in the wool Windows user). They released the product on Windows in November and I’ve been using it ever since. There’s still a lot that I have to learn to become what I’d call “proficient” with it, but I really like what I have discovered so far…and they keep releasing new features for it each month (at least, thus far, as they try to catch the Windows software up with their Mac versions).
Anyway, as we were coming back from our foray into Florida at Christmas time, my wife wanted to pull off the road somewhere in Georgia and get some pecans. We did, and on there way there, I noticed the barn in today’s photo. I love old barns anyway, so I stopped to shoot this one.
This shot was processed with a special Luminar filter that gave it somewhat of a wintery/ghostly feel. I rather liked it. Any thoughts? “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!”
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1916, to provide a safe and stable haven for the growing number of refugees pouring out of the devastated Balkan state of Serbia, French forces took formal military control of the Greek island of Corfu.
The northernmost of a string of islands in the Ionian Sea, Corfu was a British protectorate in the 18th century before passing into the possession of Greece in 1864. Over the course of 1915, as German and Austro-Hungarian forces battered Serbia—whose ambitions of self-determination had ostensibly sparked the entire Great War with the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914—thousands of the country’s soldiers and civilians alike fled into the mountains of Albania. Near the end of 1915, in a massive rescue operation involving more than 1,000 trips made by Italian, French and British steamers, 260,000 Serb soldiers were transported to Corfu, where they waited for the chance to reclaim their country.
Corfu became the seat of the Serbian government-in-exile as well as an important base for supplying relief to the front in Salonika, on mainland Greece. In mid-April 1916, the first of 125,000 Serbian troops, escorted by French and British warships, traveled from Corfu to Salonika, where they would relieve a much smaller army and fight alongside their French and British allies.
In the summer of 1917, negotiations took place on Corfu between the representatives of various Slav countries over the creation of a new Balkan state, based on the assumption that Austria-Hungary would be dissolved in defeat and Serbia would be independent once more. The Pact of Corfu, signed on July 20, 1917, was a vision of a new nation made up of the three main ethnic groups—Serbs, Croats and Slovenes—and ruled by the Serbian royal family. This vision appealed to many—particularly the United States and its idealistic leader, Woodrow Wilson—but would require a decisive victory in the war to become reality. At the time of the Pact of Corfu, that victory remained far in the future.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: The most popular mummy in the world is most likely Vladimir Lenin. Millions of visitors to Moscow have visited his mummy. Embalmers have, over time, found it necessary to replace parts of his skin and flesh with plastic and other materials.