Focus of the Season

I’m back home from my quick trip! Looking at my calendar for this month I know that it’s going to fly by. It’s imperative for me to get my focus set right now on what the holiday season is all about. For us, it’s celebrating the birth of Jesus. My hope is that I’ll remember that as I get tied down in the busyness of life and celebrations this month. Here’s a reminder:

Nativity figures are shown behind a frame. Not So SAHM

Focus of the Season – ProjectEdit365 – 04 Dec

I took this the first December that I had my “big” camera. The composition was off  and it’s a little warm. I cropped to straighten and to get rid of the distraction around the frame. I wanted to keep my daughter’s hand though. I used an adjustment brush to cool down the figures, decrease their clarity just a bit to soften the look and increase their contrast. I decreased the highlights and the vibrance of the whole picture. Here’s the original:


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December at the cemetery

Every December Wreaths Across America lays wreaths at the headstones of veterans. We helped out one year laying wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery.

Black and white fits this setting and the dark wreaths really contrast against the white stones. I cloned out a person in the background and cropped in a little. Here is the original:

December in Florida

If you’re tired of the cold, make your way down to the sunshine state.

We visited Disney World a few years ago in December. Normally the weather is very mild at this time of year, but that year — it was cold! We didn’t let that stop us from pretending though. . .

December in Florida – ProjectEdit365 – 02 Dec

The original was darker. I cropped in and lightened it. I also used a graduated filter to Warm the sunlight. I think I also used a radial filter to brighten the exposure around my daughter. Here’s the original:

One window open

I’m on a last-minute trip and I was so busy packing and prepping. I did manage to quickly edit a couple of pictures though that I hope to be able to share in the next couple of days on my phone. 

I’m 98% full on my photo storage on WordPress though, so I’m not sure I’ll have room to put the photos on the site while I’m traveling! 😬

I took this photo as we were walking through NYC one day. We may have been driving – this might have been out of my car window. I can’t remember where it is, but I liked the fact that it is curved. And one window is either open or missing. 

One window open – ProjectEdit365 – 01 Dec

The original was a little dimmer. I ran the HDR preset (presets are great when you’re in a rush!) and cropped to eliminate the the different part of the building on the bottom. I’m pretty sure I decreased the noise. Here’s the original:

Team Spirit

Almost always the underdog. That makes it that much sweeter when they win. During the game that I took this picture, Ga Tech beat UNC 68-50.

A cheerleader runs with the giant Ga Tech flag. Not So SAHM

Team Spirit – ProjectEdit365 – 30 Nov

The original was an ok photograph, a little dark, but I decided to make it look a little bit vintage and add some focus onto the flag. I used two Lightroom presets on it and then adjusted those looks until I was happy with the look. I used a radial filter to decrease the exposure on everything but the flag. Here’s the original:


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You gonna eat that?

The seagulls in Monterey ARE NOT shy. I think the tourists like to feed them and they become rather aggressive. In this photo, I had just finished a 5K and was sitting down on the sea wall to enjoy a banana and a bagel. My little friend landed right beside me and watched me eat every single bite. I did not share.

A seagull sitting very close looks on as I eat. Not So SAHM

You gonna eat that – ProjectEdit365 – 29 Nov

My little friend was pretty dark in the original photo. I couldn’t increase the exposure of the whole picture though because the water was almost blown out. I used an adjustment brush on him to balance out the lighting. I also used two different graduated filters to lower the exposure of the water on the right side. Doing that made the bright area look brownish yellow, so within the filter I cooled the temperature. That got rid of the yellowing. Here’s the original:


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