The Tree

I feel like I’m running out of pictures for September, and we’re only half-way through! That may mean some crazy editing and/or new techniques! In the meantime, I found a somewhat pretty but boring picture of a field, a fence, and a tree, and dressed it up a bit.

A beautiful field, tree, and fence. Not So SAHM

The Tree – ProjectEdit365 – 15 Sep

To make the picture more dramatic, I increased the clarity, decreased the highlights, and adjusted the temp and tint sliders until I got a look that I liked. I used a radial filter to highlight the opening in the fence. I used an adjustment filter on the sky to decrease the exposure a touch. I also cropped out that rectangle thing just to the right and in the background of “the tree” and added another bush. Here’s the original:

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Sea oats

Back on the continent, the beaches can be just as beautiful.

Sea grass and white sand on the beaches of Pensacola Not So SAHM

Sea oats – ProjectEdit365 – 26 July

Big changes to this picture! I cropped in to focus more on the grass and fence. I also cloned out the white building. I decreased the contrast and clarity on this picture. I lowered the highlights but lightened the shadows a bit. I increased the vibrancy and saturation just a little. Here is the original:

26July

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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:

25July

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Garden of the Gods

The old postcard view:

A pathway winds through the rock formations at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, CO Not So SAHM

Garden of the Gods – ProjectEdit365 – 30 June

The original is nice and colorful. There were a couple of spots on the lens that you could see in the blue sky so I cloned those out. I messed with this edit quite a bit, not really knowing what look I wanted. As I went through some of the presets that I have installed in Lightroom, the desaturated color caught my eye. I still did some editing afterwards. Two main things were to use an adjustment brush on the rock formation on the left to brighten the shadows a bit, and a brush on the walkway to lessen its brightness. Oh, I also did a lens correction, which flattened the image a little. The original:

30June

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Two Harbors

A long break wall juts out into Lake Superior in Two Harbors, Minnesota.

At the end of the wall is a tiny lighthouse.

A lighthouse sits at the end of a pier in Two Harbors, MI. Not So SAHM

Two Harbors – ProjectEdit365 – 25 June

This was a quick edit tonight since I’m traveling. I took the picture with all the negative space on purpose, so I left that as it is. To brighten the image and make it clearer, I increased the exposure and highlights just a bit and decreased the shadows. I cooled the temp, increased the clarity, and decreased the contrast. I increased the saturation just a little and slid the tint bar just a little towards magenta. The original:

25june

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Breaking dawn

We stopped at the Ingalls Homestead in DeSmet, South Dakota last summer. As in Laura Ingalls Wilder. This was the last place Pa Ingalls homesteaded. We spent the night in a covered wagon and woke up to this scenery.

The Ingalls Homestead in De Smet South Dakota Not So SAHM

Breaking dawn – ProjectEdit365 – 24 June

Other than the wind it was a perfect place. In the summer.

The original was dull. I wanted to show that it was morning so I used a graduated filter on the right top and warmed up that temperature. I increased the clarity and contrast of the whole picture and brought down the noise a little. I used an adjustment brush on the strip of trees and houses and decreased those shadows a bit. I also adjusted the temp of the picture towards the cool side just a little so the blue would show more through the clouds. I added the slightest vignette. The original:

24June

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