Most all photo-editing software available today will claim to include AI based upscaling as part of their repertoire. AI upscaling uses artificial intelligence algorithms to improve the resolution of an image by using pixel data from similar looking images that the software might have seen in past and then use that information to provide a more intelligent choice of what pixel content to fill in when the enlargement takes place, instead of using the more traditional bicubic interpolation approach to mathematically compute the missing pixel information based on the values of the neighbouring pixels. You can see that when using bicubic interpolation the data basically stays the same as you are simply using the neighbouring pixels to figure out what’s missing. Nothing which could improve the perceived quality has been done to the pixels per se.
Let’s see on the other hand some of the power of AI upscaling as applied to a nice portrait of Veronika …. in this case the upscaling has done a phenomenal job at improving the overall quality of the image as “faces” are likely easy things for the AI upscaling algorithms to handle as the software would have had many “faces” to draw data from.
You’ll see in this case the AI algorithms did a phenomenal job to enhance Veronika’s face. However, all is not always perfect we have discovered. We can only assume that if no AI useful data is available for the area of interest being enlarged then the algorithm appears to use “something” which more than often results in bizarre artifacts being generated. Here’s an example of the same area of Veronika’s feet which were enlarged using bicubic interpolation above but now using an AI algorithm …. we really can’t figure out if Veronika still has toes 😉
It appears that when faces are involved, the AI upscale results are great, but certain other features still require some fine tuning.
Nothing like celebrating the start of new year with the release of the never before published photo shoot!!! I acquired this set of images when I purchased all remaining late J. Stephen Hicks 35mm slides from his wife a few years ago. I had hoped that there would have been several other unpublished sets among all the slides however the one which was included I hope you agree was very nice !!!!!
Interestingly enough the venue for this J.Stephen Hicks sets appears to be identical to that of Nicolas Sage’s Set 095.
In the event that Veronika herself does decide to come and visit here for a look this Holiday, I have prepared a little greeting card for her and her family from all her fans and the devoted staff here at the blog / website / forum.
As always, I want to thank all those who contributed some new material to the Veronika collection this past year …. it’s fans like you that make this place a great place to come and visit each day 😉
Fantastic details released by ScottyJX at Actiongirls this week on the new material alluded to in an earlier post … he’s opening the vaults and releasing never before seen videos and photographs of Veronika Zemanova in Oct to Dec this year … here’s a copy of the announcement and preview image he posted on his website:
There many new Actiongirls exclusive Veronika Movies, coming throughout October, November, and December 2022. That’s right, never before seen, with sequels to SJX AG Veronika Z Red Castle Movie, SJX AG VZ Horror Babe 2022 Movie, SJX AG Veronika Z Intro continues Movie, SJX AG VZ Dream House part 2 Movie and much, much, more. Also including a full upgrade, enhanced and remastered of all SJX AG VZ’s HD Movies to 4K. Make sure to renew your Actiongirls.com membership today and keep it, it’s going to be a awesome future for Scotty JX Actiongirls fans…
NEW OCTOBER 2022. COMING ONLY FOR ACTIONGIRLS.COM MEMBERS – Scotty JX’s ActionGirls Veronika Z Character returns in new Movies. SJX AG VZ HORROR BABE THE MOVIE. Reactivated, she returns. SJX AG sends a drone to her location, sending a jolt of energy, recharging her, watch as she is reactivated at a unknown SJX AG location. Actiongirls Veronika the story continues..
This month marks the 25th anniversary of Veronika’s first appearance on a magazine cover. There were 3 magazines published that Oct in 1997 …. “Juicy Tits” (from Belgium/Netherlands), “Revelation” (from France) and “People with Pix (from Australia).
Certainly a global beginning to say the least !!!!!
It did not take long for her appearances on magazine covers to explode averaging nearly 4 covers / month for the next 6 years. Certainly the publishers recognized the selling power of Veronika.
Unfortunately her appearances have dried up these last few years but she certainly had a great run which lasted a remarkable 22 years. I bet there are not many other models that can claim the same level of fame as Veronika had and still has today.
Just a heads up … ScottyJX is planning to release upscales and new material for several sets and videos of Veronika in the coming months. That’s fantastic news for any Veronika fan … here’s hoping to see much new material from the Actiongirls archive !!!
To access the new material simply go to Actiongirls and subscribe!!!!
I wanted to pass this along as a public service to prevent someone from getting scammed by buying these supposedly rare and original Polariods from one of Veronika’s photo shoots on eBay.
Back in the day when photographers shot using film, they used to take a couple of shots using Polaroid film to verify that the lighting was correct since they had no way of knowing what was on the film itself until it was developed after the photo shoot. With the Polaroid versions they could observe the results immediately and make any corrections as required.
Of course the pose and angle of the shots taken with the Polaroid camera would always be unique to those shots on the film camera. I know this for fact because I have purchased several of these Polaroids directly from several photographers in the past … and in every case the image on the Polaroid was totally unique.
I therefore was astonished when I saw a seller posting on eBay a set of “Rare and Original” Polaroids from one of Veronika’s photo shoots which looked remarkably like the exact photos published for that set. This was a set which was only ever released on Veronika’s original website. All images for this set therefore had the “Zemanova.com cat logo” on them as a result.
Upon closer examination of these so called rare original Polaroids, I could see that they had taken these Veronika photos and merely cropped them to eliminate the logo from appearing on the Polaroid as can be seen in the examples below:
If they were really original Polaroids for that set, I would have expected to see a never before seen image for that set (that is a good way for a good first check for authenticity) … in this case they are merely a crop of existing images for that Set.
Now the worst part … the seller is trying to rip unsuspected buyers off to the tune of $55 USD each!! What a scam !!
I could not bare to see this and so posted this announcement here on the blog in hopes that any real fan of Veronika sees this and avoids getting ripped off.