Surf’s Up

Dreaming of the pros. Catching any waves we can.

A boy runs toward the surf with his boogie board. Not So SAHM

Surf’s Up – ProjectEdit365 – 29 Aug

The original was just a little lopsided and dim so I cropped to straighten. I lightened the pic just a bit but it didn’t do too much with the sticks. So I used an adjustment brush to lighten those and the back of the boy’s head. I also used an adjustment brush on the whites of the water to bring out the contrast. I didn’t mess that much with the color of the water and sky because I wanted the focus to remain on the boy. I increased the vibrance a little. The original:


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Solfar in Reykjavik

A dream boat – an ode to the sun. According to the artist it’s not a representation of a Viking boat. Hmm.

A sculpture sits in Reykjavik, Iceland as an ode to the sun. Not So SAHM

Solfar in Reykjavik – ProjectEdit365 – 28 Aug

The original photo was dark. I did a lot of adjustments including increasing the contrast and clarity, adjusting the tint, and brightening the shadows. I also turned it black and white. Here’s the original:


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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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