Capitol Dome, Inside Out

I mentioned yesterday that my family loves history. We also love (to a certain extent) politics and the way that governments work. You could probably already tell that by the different State House pictures I’ve taken.

We took a tour of the US Capitol when we lived in the DC area. FASCINATING and beautiful! So much detail was paid to every square inch. Here is the inside of the dome. So gorgeous.

The inside of the US Capitol dome is much prettier than it's new exterior. Not So SAHM

Capitol Dome, Inside Out – ProjectEdit365 – 04 Jan

I was curious as to what my camera settings were when I took this because everything seems to be in good focus. Click over to Project Edit 365 to see what camera I used and to see what edits I made to the original! Thanks so much!

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New York or France?

We left Central Park, wandering around and heading towards FAO Schwarz (when it was still open). This building took our breath away. It’s at the corner of 58th and 7th. I had to google it tonight to get info on it. It’s called the Alwyn Court, and it was built in the early 1900s using various French styles. Check out the wikipedia article if you’re interested. But for now, take as long as you need to stare at all the various detail!

An intricately carved building, the Alwyn, stands in the midst of modernity in NYC. Not So SAHM

NYC or France? – ProjectEdit365 – 18 Nov

I cropped in and straightened the picture just a little. I also reduced the saturation of blue to take away the distraction of the awnings and increased the contrast and clarity. I used an adjustment brush on the windows to warm the temperature and make them more golden, and a different brush on the brick to the left to increase the contrast. Here’s the original:


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Named after a 17th-century Icelandic poet.

Climb to the top for an amazing view of Reykjavik.

Hallgrimskirkja's wonderful architecture stands tall in Reykjavik, Iceland. NotSoSAHM

Hallgrimskirkja – ProjectEdit365 – 18 Aug

The edit was pretty simple for this one – I wanted to bring out the lines and the texture of the brick. I was happy with the composition, so I made it black and white and increased the contrast and clarity. I increased the exposure (barely) and highlights because the sky still seemed too dark. I used a graduated filter on the base to lighten the shadow down there. Here’s the original:


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This building is so ornate, and the outside is only a glimpse as to what is going on inside. Opulent! The statue on the top is Apollo, flanked by Poetry and Music. Below him are tragedy and comedy masks. The ‘N’ and ‘E’ stand for Napoleon III and Emperor.

The facade of the Opera building in Paris is opulent with statues and gilding. Not So SAHM

L’Opera – ProjectEdit365 – 14 Aug

The original was well composed, but I wanted to crop in to get a good look at the detail, and there’s so much of it! I did run a lens correction because there was some bowing, which is still slightly visible at the bottom of the pic. I ran an HDR preset in Lightroom and decreased the blacks just a tad.  I sharpened the photo and decreased the noise. Here’s the original:


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The Louvre

This is where I was in yesterday’s post. Well, I was inside the large pyramid.

A side view of the Louvre with interesting architectural detail. Not So SAHM

The Louvre – ProjectEdit365 – 13 Aug

The original was a little dark in the foreground concerning the architectural elements. I made the picture black and white, lowered the contrast, increased the clarity, and lightened the shadows. The original:


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Name this architecture

I missed yesterday’s post, but with good reason. We headed out into the Everglades of South Florida last night to try to catch some of the Perseid meteor shower. We saw about a dozen between us, but I don’t think any were actually from Perseid. Either way, they were amazing and beautiful!

So, here is the photo edit for August 12th. Can you guess where I was at when I shot this?

This famous structure stands somewhere in Europe. Not So SAHM

Name that architecture – ProjectEdit365 – 12 Aug

As a hint, my pictures lately have been from Europe. . .

When I took the picture, I’m pretty sure I wanted it to be black and white. Here’s the original:


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