Mini swamp

In Wilmington, NC there is a local park with a small swamp, in the city. No trekking to get to these waters.

A small swamp with cypress trees in Wilmington, NC Not So SAHM

Mini swamp – ProjectEdit365 – 27 July

It’s not so ominous in the original picture. I cropped in and straightened the picture. The main adjustment was lowering the vibrancy to make it not so bright. I adjusted several of the colors and temp afterwards to get the look I wanted. I also increased the contrast and clarity and added a little vignette. The original:

27July

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Sea oats

Back on the continent, the beaches can be just as beautiful.

Sea grass and white sand on the beaches of Pensacola Not So SAHM

Sea oats – ProjectEdit365 – 26 July

Big changes to this picture! I cropped in to focus more on the grass and fence. I also cloned out the white building. I decreased the contrast and clarity on this picture. I lowered the highlights but lightened the shadows a bit. I increased the vibrancy and saturation just a little. Here is the original:

26July

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Iao Valley, shrouded in clouds

Iao Valley, during a summer afternoon rain.

Clouds cover the lush, green Iao Valley on the island of Maui Not So SAHM

Iao Valley – ProjectEdit365 – 25 July

What I worked on with this picture was cloning man-made objects out. And rain spots on the lens. If you look at the original, you’ll see a parking lot with someone in a red top, a building on the left, a bare patch on the right (without much green), and a couple of rain spots on my lens. I used the clone tool to get rid of those. The original:

25July

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Reading the Palm

This palm tells me there may be holes in my future that I need to fill (with travel).

Close up black and white of a palm leaf in Maui, Hawaii Not So SAHM

Reading the Palm – ProjectEdit365 – 24 July

I loved these palm leaves. I’m so glad I ended up getting a fairly close up of one. I’m pretty sure I knew I wanted to go black and white when I snapped the shot. I tried cropping to have the midrib extend from the bottom right corner, but it took too much off of the leaf, so I left it as is. It still shows movement across the photo. I changed the photo to black and white and then increased the contrast and clarity. I adjusted the highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks to get a look I liked, then I moved on to the individual colors. I adjusted those to achieve a look I liked. Finally I sharpened the whole picture and reduced the noise just a bit. Here’s the original:

24July

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Waikiki Moonrise

Aloha, Waikiki!

The moon rises over Waikiki and Oahu Not So SAHM

Waikiki Moonrise – ProjectEdit365 – 23 July

There wasn’t much to do – just intensify the colors and provide a little more contrast. I increased the contrast and clarity, vibrance and saturation. I had to decrease the noise quite a bit because I think I took this with my phone. I did a mixture of adjusting the highlights, shadows, blacks, and whites. I also added a slight vignette. Here’s the original:

23July

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Painted Eucalyptus – an ant’s-eye view

They’re so fascinating. As the bark peels off, the different layers are different colors.

This is a tree I could hug.

An ant's view looking up at a painted eucalyptus tree on Maui's Road to Hana Not So SAHM

Painted Eucalyptus, Up Close – ProjectEdit365 – 22 July

The original was kind of flat and dull. I increased the vibrance and saturation and used several different adjustment filters – two for the tree and one for the background. I took away the sharpness of the background to make the trunk the focus of the picture. I also darkened it just a bit. I sharpened the tree and reduced the noise and tried to soften the harshness of the overexposed parts.

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