Learning to spread wings,

Young and old at the same time.

Growing to herself.

A girl smiles off into the distance. Not So SAHM

Mini-me – ProjectEdit365 – 27 Aug

We had fun with the camera today. Something that I hope we get to do more of (I need the practice). The original was just a tad off-center so I cropped to straighten. I used the clone/heal tool to take care of facial blemishes. I used an adjustment brush on her hair to give it some depth and texture…and a little bit of golden light. I also used an adjustment brush to lighten the teeth (I cooled the temp just a slight touch on the teeth). I then ran two presets. The first was to give the photo a focal point (preset by Matt Kloskowski); and the second was to change the overall feel of the image (Princess and the Pea by CoffeeShopBlog). Here’s the original:


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The very hungry. . .

He’s not green, but I’m sure he’s famished.

A caterpillar walks along a wooden beam. Not So SAHM

The very hungry. . . – ProjectEdit365 – 26Aug

The original was a little lopsided and dull. I cropped to straighten and use the negative space more wisely. I increased the contrast, clarity, and lightened the shadows. I sharpened the whole picture and decreased the noise. The original:


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Cape Hatteras Spiral

257-ish steps – 207-ish feet tall (depends on which website you check). The tallest lighthouse in America.

Around 260 steps spiral up to the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in America. Not So SAHM

Cape Hatteras Spiral – ProjectEdit365 – 25 Aug

The picture just lends itself to black and white. I increased the clarity and decreased the contrast on the whole photo along with lightening the blacks a touch. I then created adjustment brushes for the checkered floor and the brick walls to increase their clarity even more. The original:


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A Spider’s Pearls

Each dew drop, a reflection.

hundreds of dew drops on a spider web reflect the viewer. Not So SAHM

A Spider’s Pearls – ProjectEdit365 – 24 Aug

I didn’t realize it until doing this edit, that the black dot in each dew drop is me! (Right?!) I love the original photo, but didn’t want to just sharpen the picture and increase the vibrancy (which is the way I was initially headed). I wanted to take it in a different direction, so I decided to crop in and go black and white. That’s pretty much all I did, other than sharpening it. The original:


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White Sands

The dunes here are other worldly. In the midst of the high desert lie dunes made of what looks like beach sand. It’s gypsum. And this is the largest gypsum dune field in the world. (Thank you, NPS)

A soaptree yucca survives in the dunes of White Sands National Monument. Not So SAHM

White Sands – ProjectEdit365 – 23 Aug

I like the whiteness of the original photo but I wanted to add some dimension. I ended up adding some warmth as well. The original:


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The Birds

Carmel River State Beach

Seagulls fly over Carmel River State Beach. Not So SAHM

The Birds – ProjectEdit365 – 22 Aug

I love how the clouds help make the birds look a little 3D. I also love how deep the sky is. My horizon was off just a touch so I cropped to straighten that. I increased the contrast and clarity to give it more of an HDR look. I didn’t like how sharp it made the water look so I used two separate adjustment brushes on the water to drop down the clarity and contrast on it. I also made the water temp a little bluer and it ended up mirroring the color of the sky a little better. I sharpened the whole picture and decreased the noise just a bit. The original:


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