Liberty’s Torch

Visiting Ellis Island was a great history lesson. I don’t know that I have any direct ancestors who passed through here — so many families do.

The Statue of Liberty's Torch. Not So SAHM

Liberty’s Torch – ProjectEdit365 – 15 Nov

At first, I was working on editing the whole picture. Then I zoomed in to the torch for some reason and realized I wanted to focus on that. There’s so much detail! I decreased the contrast and increased the clarity. I also lightened the shadows. I used adjustment brushes on the underneath of the torch and on the bottom tip. I decreased the noise a bit and added a vignette. Here’s the original:

15nov

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Ellis Island Chandelier

“Give me your tired, your poor
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

– Emma Lazarus “The New Colossus”

This chandelier hangs in the registry hall at Ellis Island. I could stare at it and the brickwork for hours.

A beautiful chandelier hangs beneath equally beautiful brickwork in the registry hall at Ellis Island. Not So SAHM

Ellis Island Chandelier – ProjectEdit365 – 02 Nov

The original was dull so I increased the contrast and clarity. I used a graduated filter on the lower portion of the ceiling to brighten it a bit. Here’s the original:

02nov

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