Magical Woodland

If you ever have the chance to visit the redwoods in Humboldt County, California, DO IT. Put it on your bucket list. This shot doesn’t even do justice to the grandeur of the trees themselves (because these redwoods are on the smaller size). The giants of the natural world really have to be seen in person to understand their size, and to feel their magic.

A pathway cuts through the underbrush in a redwood forest. Not So SAHM

Magical Woodland – ProjectEdit365 – 19 Nov

The original was just drab. I warmed it a little, increased the exposure, and lightened the black. I adjusted the tone curve to make it just a little matte (which I’m loving right now). I used a graduated filter to slightly warm up just the sunlight; a radial filter to sharpen the path and soften the surroundings; and some adjustment brushes to slightly increase the exposure on the pathway. I sharpened the whole picture and added a vignette. Here’s the original:


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Schloss Hohenschwangau

The childhood home of King Ludwig. Looking out from Neuschwanstein you see this view.

Just imagine that the roads and parking lots aren’t carved into the forest.

Looking out from Neuschwanstein, you can see the childhood home of King Ludwig, Schloss Hohenschwangau. Not So SAHM

Schloss Hohenschwangau – ProjectEdit365 – 10 Aug

With the sun setting in the upper right corner of the picture, it made it hard to lower the exposure of the sky without making the clouds look fake. So, I didn’t worry about it too much other than cropping in a little to remove some of it. I decreased the clarity and highlights and increased the contrast, vibrance, and saturation (just the tiniest bit). I also lightened the shadows. I used a graduated filter in the sky to warm that color up a bit. I used a radial filter around the castle to make it stand out just a little. I used an adjustment brush on the lake to try to deepen its saturation a little, and another brush on a sun spot to try to lessen its severity. I decreased the noise of the whole picture. Here’s the original:


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