Sunrise in the country

Sometimes it’s worth it to get up early. It was like God made this sunrise just for me.

A tree-lined driveway is dreamy in the warm light of the sunrise. Not So SAHM

Sunrise in the country – ProjectEdit365 – 31 Aug

The original wasn’t very warm and it was dark. I warmed it and decreased the clarity. I used an adjustment brush on the pathway to increase its clarity, contrast, and sharpness. I also used adjustment brushes and some cloning on the trees to get rid of some of the sun spots. Here’s the original:

31August

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Fairytale Castle

And when you think of fairytale castles, you think of this one:

King Ludwig’s Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria with its bucolic backdrop.

Schloss Neuschwanstein sits atop a hill with a bucolic backdrop. Not So SAHM

Fairytale Castle – ProjectEdit365 – 09 Aug

The original was good, but I wanted to give it more of a fairytale book look. I immediately went to my Lightroom presets that I have loaded and chose CoffeShop’s Velvet Butter. Because sometimes editing is knowing which presets will work and heading straight for those. 🙂 The original:

09August

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Or maybe Garmisch, at the base of the Alps, is what you think about when you hear German countryside.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen sits at the base of the Alps. Not So SAHM

Garmisch-Partenkirchen – ProjectEdit365 – 07 Aug

The original was flat and dull. I used several adjustment filters to work on the mountains in the distance, the green trees in the distance, and the trees in the foreground. Overall I upped the saturation just a tad and decreased the shadows to get rid of some of the dullness. Here’s the original:

07August

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Rolling green hills accented by a deep blue sky near Salinas, California NotSoSAHM

Bucolic

It may seem like a boring countryside picture, and well, it is. But I had to do a lot of editing to get it to this point. Take a look at the before and after. This is an iPhone pic taken while in motion on a California country highway. With A LOT of power lines.

AFTER:

Rolling green hills accented by a deep blue sky near Salinas, California NotSoSAHM

California countryside – ProjectEdit365 – 14Feb

BEFORE:

14FebOriginal

Those power lines were a bear to remove, but I think I did a respectable job. I probably could have erased that sign too. . .

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