Excuse me, Sir

We visited the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C. and decided that the exhibits would be better as interactive ones. These men are waiting in a soup line during the Great Depression. I’m guessing Ash is going ask if she can cut in line.

Girl stands in the back of statues waiting in a soup kitchen line at the FDR Memorial in Washington DC. Not So SAHM

Excuse me, Sir – ProjectEdit365 – 24 Oct

I decided to crop a little to tighten the subject. Turning it black and white took care of the distracting color of her jacket and purse. I also gave it a little grain to make it look a little aged. Here’s the original:


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Fresh Carrots

Pacific Grove has a street market every week with wonderful produce.

Fancy some multi-colored carrots?

Fresh carrots from a farm stand at the Pacific Grove street market. Not So SAHM

Fresh Carrots – ProjectEdit365 – 23 Oct

The original was pretty, but I wanted to give the photo some character. I increased the contrast and lightened the shadows then ran a preset. To finish it I added some grain for more texture. Here’s the original:


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Crazy Portrait

My youngest has a silly personality that will come out once she’s spent time with you and is comfortable. Fortunately, my camera is well-known and she’s pretty comfortable acting herself.

Plus, how cool is this wall. It was just begging to be posed in front of. I believe it’s in Winchester, VA.

Girl stands in a silly pose in front of brick wall. Not So SAHM

Crazy Portrait – ProjectEdit365 – 22 Oct

I intended to shoot this picture at an interesting angle, but then when I looked at it in the computer, it was just too much. So, I cropped to make the bricks straight, but that ended up cutting off her toes. WAAHHH! I increased the clarity and contrast and lightened the shadows. Also, the picture was super orange so I cooled it down a bit. I also decreased the saturation of the orange color with the orange slider.I used several adjustment brushes: to sharpen her eyes, to lighten the coat and leggings; to decrease the contrast of her face and clothes (since they were too contrasty from increasing the contrast of the whole photo) and on the whitish bricks to tone down the yellowness. I then used a radial filter to darken her surroundings but keep her lighter. Here’s the original:


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Feeding the Muscovies

We have ducks living at our lake in our neighborhood. And, of course, we have become one of many welfare providers for them. My girls even looked up the proper food for ducks. They are Muscovy ducks. They’re not pretty at all, but very tame (they know what they have to do to maintain a constant source of food). . .

A girl tempts a young Muscovy duck with food in a saucer. Not So SAHM

Feeding the Muscovies – ProjectEdit365 – 21 Oct

The original is dark. The sun has not been cooperating with me lately – either too bright or nonexistent. I lightened up the picture and then turned it black and white. I increased the clarity and contrast and adjusted the highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks to get a look I was satisfied with. Not too much done to the original, but the difference is pretty big to me. Here it is:


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Hockey action

We love watching sports live! There’s something about being in the mix with the players, the fans, the action, the food, the thrill. Even minor league games (which are so much cheaper!). Here we’re rooting for the Fayetteville Fire Antz.

Fayetteville Fire Antz hockey team plays on the ice. Not So SAHM

Hockey action – ProjectEdit365 – 20 Oct

The original was flat and a little dark. I cropped in to put the focus more on the ice, cutting out a random fan and some upper seating. I increased the contrast and clarity to give it more of an edgy look. I lightened the shadows and blacks since increasing the contrast can darken those. I then reduced the noise. Here’s the original:



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Colonial Eagle Gasoline Sign

Somewhere near Fayetteville, NC stands this old sign. The longer you look at it, the more words and numbers you end up noticing!

An old Colonial sign stands rusted along side a country road. Not So SAHM

Old Colonial Sign – ProjectEdit365 – 19 Oct

The original was crooked and flat (too bright outside!) and had telephone wires protruding from the back of it. I cropped to straighten and then cloned out all wires (not perfectly though). I decreased the saturation and the highlights of the whole picture and added a small vignette. I created an adjustment brush to enhance the sign itself. In the end I think I added a preset on top of everything and then added grain. It took so much to figure out how to get the picture to look the way I wanted it to (without immediately going to the presets). Here’s the original:


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