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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The Headless Saint

Saint Denis – Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. I learned that, in art, those who are carrying their heads are called “cephalophores“.

The statue of Saint Denis holds his head on the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Not So SAHM

Headless Saint – ProjectEdit365 – 11 Aug

The original was dark with too much going on. I cropped in and lowered the saturation to zero to make it black and white. I increased the contrast and clarity. I increased the exposure and whites and lightened the shadows. I used a radial adjustment around the head to lighten it just a little bit more than the rest of the photo. Finally, I added a small vignette. The original:


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La Tour Eiffel

During our anniversary trip, we made it to Paris.

One of the most iconic structures in the world:

Looking up to the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France Not So SAHM

La Tour Eiffel – ProjectEdit365 – 03 June

With the edit I was going for an old-world look. I really liked the original photograph, below. Tonight my challenge was one of speed (not much time to get on the computer) and just finding an edit to make. Sometimes black and white is the way to go. I did click the black and white button on the individual color palette, but I didn’t stop there. When you click that button you then have the option of adjusting all the colors within the black and white picture. It makes a difference!


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