Overview of Carmel and Point Lobos

It’s almost always hiking weather in Monterey, California. There’s a nice park there called Jack’s Peak that you reach by driving up a small mountain. The views from the park are magnificent. You have to walk through the forest to get to various vistas, but you get almost a 360 degree view of the surrounding lands: Monterey Bay, Salinas, Carmel Valley, and Carmel towards the Pacific Ocean.

This shot is looking southeast, over Carmel and towards Point Lobos, another beautiful hiking spot. It’s maybe a 5.5 mile distance as the crow flies (using this handy tool, because I’m terrible at distances). Everything is close by in the Monterey area.

Seeing this really makes me want to go back. We were only there for nine months. Enough to capture a little piece of my heart.

Looking out over Carmel from Jacks Peak Park to Point Lobos. Not So SAHM

Overview of Carmel to Point Lobos – ProjectEdit365 – 17 Jan

It was super bright this day! Head over to my project blog: Project Edit 365 to see how I brought back the color to the original photo. Thanks!

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The Birds

Carmel River State Beach

Seagulls fly over Carmel River State Beach. Not So SAHM

The Birds – ProjectEdit365 – 22 Aug

I love how the clouds help make the birds look a little 3D. I also love how deep the sky is. My horizon was off just a touch so I cropped to straighten that. I increased the contrast and clarity to give it more of an HDR look. I didn’t like how sharp it made the water look so I used two separate adjustment brushes on the water to drop down the clarity and contrast on it. I also made the water temp a little bluer and it ended up mirroring the color of the sky a little better. I sharpened the whole picture and decreased the noise just a bit. The original:

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The portico at the Carmel Mission in Carmel By the Sea California NotSoSAHM

El pórtico (Carmel Mission)

“Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo” is one of the 21 Spanish Missions in California. It’s is a beautiful place to explore if you’re visiting Monterey and Carmel. I edited out my dad (sorry Dad) and gave it a grainy look.

The portico at the Carmel Mission in Carmel By the Sea California NotSoSAHM

El portico – ProjectEdit365 – 28 Feb

Original

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The Tuck Box in Carmel, California Not So SAHM

Quirky Carmel

We loved exploring Carmel. And now that we don’t live there anymore, I realize we didn’t explore it near enough. Must. get. back.

Every street promised neat little surprises like the Tuck Box. Fairy tale!

The Tuck Box in Carmel, California Not So SAHM

Carmel, California – ProjectEdit365 – 08 Feb

 


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