Back against the wall

I found another great wall in the downtown Fayetteville area. My girls have always been willing subjects, and you can tell my youngest was striking a pose.

On another note, I have ten more days of the year-long challenge! I started on 01 Feb 2016 editing a picture a day. In some ways it has flown by. At the end of each month it starts to drag because I feel like I’m running out of material to edit. You can read about the challenge here: Project Edit 365: About.

Two girls stand against a wooden wall. Photo by Not So SAHM

Backs against the wall – ProjectEdit365 – 21 Jan

The original was very orange. Click over to Project Edit 365 to see it and how I edited it. Thanks!

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Atlas Auto Electric

On our walk around the town, we made it to the downtown area. The buildings, walls, streets–everything had such character. I came across this exterior wall and I love everything that is going on. The window has Christmas pine still decorating it. There’s a chain hanging from them. Perhaps it’s securing the two chairs, I don’t remember. My favorite thing is the wood on the door. Check everything out:

The outer wall of a Fayetteville NC shop is eclectic. Photo by Not So SAHM

Atlas Auto Electric – ProjectEdit365 – 20 Jan

The original was a little dull and the different textures weren’t standing out. Head over to the Project Edit 365 blog to see how I edited the original. Thanks!

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Reflection

When we lived in North Carolina, I went out with a photographer friend to shoot around our town. Being in the middle of the week, my kids came along. It was a chilly and overcast day and we were walking around a more industrial part of town. Leave it to kids to find something to play with no matter where they are, and that’s a good thing!

Young girl uses a stick to play in a puddle. Photo by Not So SAHM

Reflection – ProjectEdit365 – 19 Jan

After playing around with the photo for a bit, I decided to try something I’d seen recently somewhere. . . Jump over to Project Edit 365 to see how I edited the original photo. Thanks!

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In His Hands

These great frog sculptures were installed in the Fayetteville Botanical Gardens for some time in 2014. I love the detail.

A frog sculpture holds a bronze orb in the Fayetteville Botanical Gardens. Not So SAHM

In His Hands – ProjectEdit365 – 09 Nov

The original wasn’t greatly composed – I’m missing some of the top of the orb. But it was pretty simple to make it look a little better. I sharpened it, decreased the contrast and increased the clarity. I used an adjustment brush to add some contrast back to the fingers and the reflection of his fingers. I finished with a small vignette. Here’s the original:

09nov

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Hockey action

We love watching sports live! There’s something about being in the mix with the players, the fans, the action, the food, the thrill. Even minor league games (which are so much cheaper!). Here we’re rooting for the Fayetteville Fire Antz.

Fayetteville Fire Antz hockey team plays on the ice. Not So SAHM

Hockey action – ProjectEdit365 – 20 Oct

The original was flat and a little dark. I cropped in to put the focus more on the ice, cutting out a random fan and some upper seating. I increased the contrast and clarity to give it more of an edgy look. I lightened the shadows and blacks since increasing the contrast can darken those. I then reduced the noise. Here’s the original:

20oct

 

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Colonial Eagle Gasoline Sign

Somewhere near Fayetteville, NC stands this old sign. The longer you look at it, the more words and numbers you end up noticing!

An old Colonial sign stands rusted along side a country road. Not So SAHM

Old Colonial Sign – ProjectEdit365 – 19 Oct

The original was crooked and flat (too bright outside!) and had telephone wires protruding from the back of it. I cropped to straighten and then cloned out all wires (not perfectly though). I decreased the saturation and the highlights of the whole picture and added a small vignette. I created an adjustment brush to enhance the sign itself. In the end I think I added a preset on top of everything and then added grain. It took so much to figure out how to get the picture to look the way I wanted it to (without immediately going to the presets). Here’s the original:

19oct

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