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Topaz DeNoise AI for under $50

Topaz DeNoise AI is available through this link for under $50 until 12/31/20. Use the code holiday2020 when you check out for an additional discount. I’ve been using this product for about a year now and love the results. In fact, I’ve gone back and reprocessed many images with Topaz recently that I realized didn’t look so good (having originally used Photoshop’s sharpen and noise removal tools which just aren’t that great).

I’ll post an example below. You’ll see the difference more if you are on a big screen or were to make prints. On a phone or laptop with a smallish screen, you may not notice much.

Without using Topaz

after Topaz Denoise AI

Using Topaz Denoise AI

If you are on a phone, zoom in on the corners and uniforms to see the difference.

Topaz Labs

I’m trying Topaz Gigapixel AI now to see if I can rescue some of my pre-DSLR photos. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Five years ago…

Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament

The World’s Largest Amateur Beach Volleyball tournament didn’t happen this year, but five years ago we were in on the thirtieth-something annual version of it.

Six years ago…

Real beach volleyball

VERT Challenge

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Martenne Bettendorf with the kill against Stanford in 2014

@OregonVB #GoDucks @martenne_18

A two-day volleyball tournament gets underway today in Eugene featuring some of the best teams in the country. Matches will take place at the Matthew Knight Arena and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. Besides the University of Oregon, the other teams are coming from the University of Florida, University of Nebraska, and University of Texas. Nebraska is ranked #1, and Texas is #2 in the country.

Between the madness


Day one of the 2015 Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament was cloudy and/or foggy 99% of the time. Day two started out like this before some extreme wind and cloudiness hit. With about 120 courts and 1,500 participants, and growing every year, this tournament sets the record for the world’s largest sand volleyball tournament each year.

Unfortunately, the organizers are still doing most things the same way they have for years–manually. The brackets need to be automated and put online. As things stand, people have to do way too much walking to get to the boards to check for updates. In addition, courts sit empty while teams wait to play. In two days (from early morning until near dark), my daughter played a mere 4 sets. That’s right–sets, not matches. She gets more playing in a 5-set match at home (which can be accomplished in less than a couple hours) than she got in an entire two-day span.

That said, the non-junior divisions seemed to get more playing time. Teams not in the junior divisions typically got in about 10 sets over the two days.

World’s Largest Beach Volleyball Tournament

Sarah Holgen with the amazing vertical leap and block

@HolgieFitGirl @RaiderVB

Ellie is competing in her first ever sand volleyball tournament this weekend in Seaside, Oregon. It also happens to be the largest tourney of its kind and gets bigger every year.

Today’s photo is of SOU alum Sarah Holgen, who, along with teammate Renee Yomtob, has yet to lose.