Ice Plant Path

Ice plant is not native to the Monterey Bay area, yet it grows like a weed there. I know it’s a nuisance to naturalists or plant nativists, but I think it’s pretty.

Ice plant grows almost everywhere in the greater Monterey Bay area. Not So SAHM

Ice Plant Path – ProjectEdit365 – 26 Sep

I did so much to this picture because the original was so dark. I didn’t want to introduce too much warmth with yellow light because I’ve been doing or seeing so much of that recently. So I adjust various controls, including the individual red and orange controls; and used a graduated filter on the sky to give it an overall cool tone but warm with the plants. From the shadow, it looks like I was shooting at midday so the sun is not flattering at all. Here’s the original:


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Eye Spy

Girl peeks through trees and all you can see is one eye. Not So SAHM

Eye Spy – ProjectEdit365 – 25 Sep

The original was so dark but thankfully her eye was in focus. I ran a preset and then adjusted different aspects. Her face was pretty red so I went to the individual colors and decreased the saturation of red and orange just a little. I increased the luminance on red which seemed to help as well. I used an adjustment filter on her eye to sharpen in and give it clarity. Here’s the original:


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The Making of Mercury

Ash loves doing hands-on crafts and experiments. I like them in theory, but when it comes to it, and I have to gather all the supplies, and find the room, and find the time, . . . I’d just rather not. Horrible, so that’s why I’m just forcing myself to get over it. And now she’s old enough that she can clean up after herself.

She’s learning astronomy for science this year, and this week she’s learning about Mercury. What better to do than make a salt dough model of the pockmarked planet. She’s using a pencil to create the asteroid strikes.

Girl works with salt dough in the kitchen. Not So SAHM

The Making of Mercury – ProjectEdit365 – 24 Sep

Being a mom who likes to collect memories and a photographer on top of that, it’s sad that I almost forgot to get the camera out for this artsy craftsy time. I did horrible composition-wise, so I had to crop quite a bit for that. There’s just too much going on in the photo. Turning it black and white helps to get rid of the various color distractions. I softened the clarity and increased the contrast a touch. I decided to blow out the lights in the window because that helped take away some of the visual distractions in the background. Here is the original:


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Long May It Wave

Flags circle the Washington Monument in DC.

American flags wave in the breeze. Not So SAHM

Long May It Wave – ProjectEdit365 – 23 Sep

The original photo was pretty decent but I wanted to give it some character. I increased the clarity and decreased the highlights and vibrance. I I gave it a lot of grain. Here’s the original:


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Magical Stroll

Walk with the future in mind. Full of promise and mystery.

Girl walks along a wooden walkway through lush landscape. NotSoSAHM

Magical Stroll – ProjectEdit365 – 22 Sep

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that a terrible shot can be salvaged. This is why I love Lightroom. I greatly increased the exposure and contrast and decreased clarity. I also lightened the shadows, blacks, and increased the vibrance. I ran a preset and then cooled the temperature just a bit. I increased the preset’s vignette. The original:


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Promise of things to come

Fall is here, but we have small bits of promises that spring will return.

The dogwood berries

A cluster of dogwood berries stand out on an otherwise barren branch. Not So SAHM

The promise of things to come – ProjectEdit365 – 21 Sep

The original lacked good composition. I love dogwood trees and so I guess I just wanted to take a picture of a barren one. . . I knew the red berries would stand out in a photo, but I sure didn’t compose the shot very well. So, I cropped for that. I used an adjustment brush to sharpen the berries and keep the rest of the picture out of focus. I adjusted the green levels to get them to a hue I preferred. I then ran a preset over everything. Here’s the original:


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