She fully trusts her sister

There are sometimes when you’re taking pictures and you grab a shot that you end up loving. Editing can make it so much sweeter. My girls were still getting over their jet lag on our trip to Europe when we took a walk around Traben-Trarbach. They saw a swan in the river eating a head of lettuce and wanted to get closer. My younger daughter was four at the time and grabbed the hand of her nine-year old sister as they got closer to the bank. (heart melts)

Two sisters hold hands by a river. Not So SAHM

She fully trusts her sister – ProjectEdit365 – 30 Aug

The original was just as sweet, but adding a bit of character to the photo makes it sweeter. I straightened out the picture just slightly and decreased the clarity, vibrance, and saturation. I moved the tint more towards magenta and added a small vignette and a little bit of grain. The original:


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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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Bridges over the Seine

One of the most romantic places.

Several bridges cross over the Seine with intricate brick and ironwork. Not So SAHM

Bridges over the Seine – ProjectEdit365 – 16 Aug

The original was pretty lopsided. I cropped to straighten and then made it black and white. I cloned out the lines in the upper right corner and used an adjustment brush to make the brick of the lower bridge have more contrast. I also lightened the shadows on everything. 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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This building is so ornate, and the outside is only a glimpse as to what is going on inside. Opulent! The statue on the top is Apollo, flanked by Poetry and Music. Below him are tragedy and comedy masks. The ‘N’ and ‘E’ stand for Napoleon III and Emperor.

The facade of the Opera building in Paris is opulent with statues and gilding. Not So SAHM

L’Opera – ProjectEdit365 – 14 Aug

The original was well composed, but I wanted to crop in to get a good look at the detail, and there’s so much of it! I did run a lens correction because there was some bowing, which is still slightly visible at the bottom of the pic. I ran an HDR preset in Lightroom and decreased the blacks just a tad.  I sharpened the photo and decreased the noise. Here’s the original:


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The Louvre

This is where I was in yesterday’s post. Well, I was inside the large pyramid.

A side view of the Louvre with interesting architectural detail. Not So SAHM

The Louvre – ProjectEdit365 – 13 Aug

The original was a little dark in the foreground concerning the architectural elements. I made the picture black and white, lowered the contrast, increased the clarity, and lightened the shadows. The original:


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