There’s a light at the end of the tunnel

. . . and it’s the moon. My telephoto lens needs repairs so all I had to take a picture of the super moon with was my 17-55mm lens. I propped it onto the tripod and went outside.

And there were clouds everywhere.

I was so disappointed. Until I realized the clouds add a lot of drama and dimension to the picture. It’s nowhere near a great shot of the moon, but the editing makes it pretty dramatic. And you can almost pick out a fibonacci spiral in the clouds.

The super moon peeks out from behind the clouds. Not So SAHM

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel – ProjectEdit365 – 16 Nov

I lowered the contrast and darkened the shadows while increasing the clarity and the saturation. I was thinking about going black and white, but like the nebulous look the color in the cloud gives the photo. I used a radial filter to help separate the moon and cloud opening and give it a little more dimension. I sharpened it and reduced the noise. Here’s the original:


Fall Dam

We came upon a dam in the twilight.

A dam sits nestled in the fall trees in Virginia. Not So SAHM

Fall Dam – ProjectEdit365 – 14 Oct

It was actually pretty dark at this point in our shooting. I used several adjustment filters to adjust the different parts of the picture. I also adjusted some of the colors individually. I had to decrease the noise quite a bit since the original was so dark. I also cropped to get rid of the branch in the upper right. Here’s the original (I can’t believe they’re the same shot!):


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Donkey’s Cross

Did you know there is a legend that explains the cross on the backs of donkeys? A donkey carried Christ into Jerusalem during the Passion, and since then donkeys have had crosses on their backs. The white one’s cute too, but I love the contrast of colors on the other two.


Donkey’s Cross – ProjectEdit365 – 09 Oct

The original photo was kind of flat. I increased the contrast and vibrance, and decreased the clarity and highlights. I also moved the tint slider slightly towards magenta. I used adjustment brushes on the donkeys to increase their sharpness and clarity.Here’s the original:


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Cotton Clouds

When I was little, I thought that we could really sit on clouds. Did you? They would be so soft, and somehow we wouldn’t fall.

I remember the deep disappointment when I was told that this wasn’t true.
I don’t think I’ve completely gotten over that one.

Fluffy, cotton-like clouds fill the sky. Not So SAHM

Cotton Clouds – ProjectEdit365 – 14 Sep

The original was a cell phone picture through the windshield and it was very grainy. So I decreased the noise drastically in this one. Normally that smooths out a picture so much that it looks fake. Well, in this instance, I think it did the clouds some good! Here’s the original:



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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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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:


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