Standing watch

I spied these two at a house right at a beach on Oahu. There’s so much to look at, including a pair of work gloves on the shoulders of the man on the right.

Two life-size asian statues stand on either side of a front door on a beach house on Oahu Not So SAHM

Standing watch – ProjectEdit365 – 31 July

From the original, I cropped in to focus on the statues. I cooled the temperature just a bit and slid the tint slider towards the magenta. I decreased the exposure, contrast, and highlights and increased the clarity. I used an adjustment brush on the statues to sharpen them a bit and make their texture more distinct. Here is the original:


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Sailboats in Nawiliwili Bay

In my dream
I’m drifting
on the whitest sailboat,
in between a sea and sky that are competing for the bluest.

Sailboats drift in Nawiliwili Bay on Kauai Hawaii Not So SAHM

Sailboats in Nawiliwili Bay – ProjectEdit365 – 30 July

The original was beautiful, but a little dull and too bright. I used graduated filters to lower the exposure of the sky and decrease the shadows of the hills. I used a radial filter on the hills to increase the contrast to show off the texture. I lowered the clarity of the whole picture to create a more dreamy effect. I checked the “remove chromatic aberration” button in the Lens Corrections section of Lightroom because it looked like there was some aberration to me. I still see it a little, but don’t know how to get rid of it fully. I ended by adding a little vignette. The original:


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Hidden cove

It’s not really hidden, it’s on the Road to Hana – there were people everywhere! But somehow I got a shot with barely anyone visible.

A cove at a black beach on the Road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii Not So SAHM

Hidden Cove – ProjectEdit365 – 29 July

The original was dull so I upped the contrast and clarity. I decreased the shadows and the highlights in the sky. I changed the temp towards the warm, but even with that the grass was still too blue. So I adjusted the hue of the greens. I cloned out a fence on the little peninsula part and used an adjustment filter on the whitecaps to up the clarity and sharpness. Oh, I also used some adjustment filters on the dark rocks to lighten them. The original:


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Fresh Fruit

Back in Hawaii – near Waikiki there is a small farmers’ market with fresh fruit.

A seller chops up fresh coconut at a fruit stand in Waikiki Hawaii Not So SAHM

Fresh Fruit – ProjectEdit365 – 28 July

There’s a lot going on in the picture, which is all great (everybody is doing their own thing), but I wanted to focus on the man chopping the coconut. So I found a preset to use and then adjusted it slightly. I cropped in to take out the gloved hand and sharpened the whole picture. The preset lowered the saturation a little too much so I increased it just a tad. I then added a radial filter to focus on the man. I lowered the exposure on everything outside of the radial filter. Here’s the original:


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Iao Valley, shrouded in clouds

Iao Valley, during a summer afternoon rain.

Clouds cover the lush, green Iao Valley on the island of Maui Not So SAHM

Iao Valley – ProjectEdit365 – 25 July

What I worked on with this picture was cloning man-made objects out. And rain spots on the lens. If you look at the original, you’ll see a parking lot with someone in a red top, a building on the left, a bare patch on the right (without much green), and a couple of rain spots on my lens. I used the clone tool to get rid of those. The original:


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Reading the Palm

This palm tells me there may be holes in my future that I need to fill (with travel).

Close up black and white of a palm leaf in Maui, Hawaii Not So SAHM

Reading the Palm – ProjectEdit365 – 24 July

I loved these palm leaves. I’m so glad I ended up getting a fairly close up of one. I’m pretty sure I knew I wanted to go black and white when I snapped the shot. I tried cropping to have the midrib extend from the bottom right corner, but it took too much off of the leaf, so I left it as is. It still shows movement across the photo. I changed the photo to black and white and then increased the contrast and clarity. I adjusted the highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks to get a look I liked, then I moved on to the individual colors. I adjusted those to achieve a look I liked. Finally I sharpened the whole picture and reduced the noise just a bit. Here’s the original:


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