San Juan Bautista

Near Monterey, stands a mission along the California Mission Trail. It also stands on the San Andreas Fault! San Juan Bautista is a beautiful, small mission founded in 1797. Below is the church. Some of the tiles that make the floor have paw prints of cats that walked over them while they were drying, over 180 years ago! Another note of interest is that parts of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, Vertigo, was filmed here.

The church at Mission San Juan Bautista near Monterey, CA. Photo by Not So SAHM

Mission San Juan Bautista – ProjectEdit365 – 26 Jan

Did you know that your lens determines how many points you’ll have in a starburst on your lights? Hop over to Project Edit 365 to read about how many points my starbursts have and how I edited the original photo. Thanks!

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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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Next to the Centre Georges Pompidou is La Fontaine Stravinsky, celebrating the Rite of Spring. Next to the fountain is a wall mural of who I thought was Salvador Dali, but after researching I found out it is the artist’s Jef Aerosol’s self portrait and its name is “Chuuuttt!” (shhhhh!)

And next to all this modern architecture and art sits L’Eglise Saint-Merri. Get this – the first church built on that site was built in 800s AD. THIS structure was built in the 1500s and was altered in the 1700s.

Talk about juxtaposition of old and new!

A 1500s church sits next to 20th and 21st century art and architecture at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Not So SAHM

Juxtaposition – ProjectEdit365 – 15 Aug

The original was dull and flat. I started out by increasing the vibrance, contrast, and clarity and lightening the shadows. Then I decided to try the HDR filter to see how it affected the church. I liked it. I took away the vignetting that the preset added and decreased the blacks a little. I made the whole photo a little bit warmer then I added an adjustment brush on the church windows to increase their clarity a touch. Here’s the original:


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Church at the Burg

There’s a small church at Burg Lichtenberg. Reach it by the cobblestone pathway.

A small church sits on the grounds of Burg Lichtenberg in Germany. Not So SAHM

Church at the Burg – ProjectEdit365 – 06 Aug

The original was dark and flat. I warmed the whole picture, then I used a radial filter and adjustment filter to sharpen the cobblestones but soften the church and light around it. I used a graduated filter to darken the sky just a bit. Here’s the original:


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Thingvellir Church

Thingvellir National Park in Iceland is one of the coolest places on earth. It’s where the North American and European tectonic plates meet and it’s also where the first parliament ever in the world met. . . sometime around 930 AD. Today, the cutest little church sits along the river.

A church sits along the river at Thingvellir National Park - where two tectonic plates meet and where the first parliament in the world met. Not So SAHM

Thingvellir Church – ProjectEdit365 – 03 Aug

The original was a little dull. I cropped in to frame the church better. I also increased the vibrancy, clarity, and contrast a little bit. I used adjustment brushes to give more contrast to the mountains in the background, and to sharpen the rocks in the foreground. The original:


And, now that I’m comparing the two here, I see that I should have either cropped out the car or cloned it out. Oops! 🙂

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Santa Fe Church

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi

in black and white

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe New Mexico Not So SAHM

Santa Fe Church – ProjectEdit365 – 01 Aug

I took this picture fourteen years ago and for some reason composed the picture with half of the towers chopped off. I love it in black and white though. I turned it black and white and increased the contrast, clarity, and exposure to show off the texture of the brick. I lightened the shadows just a little. I decreased the noise (it’s grainy because it’s such a small file), but couldn’t decrease too much or it would look fake. I decreased the highlights so the clouds would show up. Here’s the original:


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