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This image has longer history than Rome. I don't know where to start from. OK, I got my first digital camera 4 years ago - a Samsung Digimax 300, or kind of a "soap tray", as we call this type of cameras in Bulgaria. And I went in the mountain with it in order to take some photos. I love this place, so I decided to take this path on my way to the Marash peak. So far, so good.

Now comes the bad part of the story. This photo is doomed because it is genetically bad. It was taken right at noon. I think you know what does this mean, so I will spare you the explanations. Just several hours later I got home and transfered it to my computer. At the time I was still in the Dark Ages with respect to image processing. I opened the photo with the image editing software that came with my camera and applied auto contrast and auto brightness. I saved it and didn't realize that I have wiped-off the EXIF data. The image spent quite a lot of time on my hard drive before I registered here. When I did so, I opened the image again in order to resize it. No idea what software did I use - probably PhotoFiltre. Now, some time later (more than two years) it is still annoying. I decided to do whatever I can in order to improve it. Downloaded it from TE, opened with Paint.NET and applied a little bit of everything. Sounds scary, doesn't it? Then resized the canvas and positioned the image right in the middle of it. Sharpened. The image had lost a lot of quality due to JPEG compression and it had to be compressed once again, but not before opened with PhotoFiltre and added a frame. So I saved it in PNG and opened it with PhotoFiltre. Resized to fit the TE standarts (800x600) and saved, once more, compressing with JPEG.

This is the result. Like it or not, I did my best. Compare it to the original version. After who knows how many times JPEG compression and processing the resized image (yes, I lost the original large-size version) I come up with this.

At least, if you are a beginner or have no clue about file formats, you learned that JPEG can be vary bad. Use PNG when you plan to edit a photo many times. PNG is lossless, while JPEG steals a little bit of quality every time you save the image. And also very important - the best time to take outdoors photos is in the morning and in the afternoon. Photos, taken at noon (especially during the summer) are doomed, like this one.

Good luck guys!

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