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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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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Painted Eucalyptus – an ant’s-eye view

They’re so fascinating. As the bark peels off, the different layers are different colors.

This is a tree I could hug.

An ant's view looking up at a painted eucalyptus tree on Maui's Road to Hana Not So SAHM

Painted Eucalyptus, Up Close – ProjectEdit365 – 22 July

The original was kind of flat and dull. I increased the vibrance and saturation and used several different adjustment filters – two for the tree and one for the background. I took away the sharpness of the background to make the trunk the focus of the picture. I also darkened it just a bit. I sharpened the tree and reduced the noise and tried to soften the harshness of the overexposed parts.

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Painted Eucalyptus

The painted eucalyptus trees grow on the side of the road in Maui. Take the Road to Hana and you’ll pass by this grove.

two girls stand amongst the tall painted eucalyptus trees in a grove on the Road to Hana in Maui Hawaii Not So SAHM

Painted Eucalyptus – ProjectEdit365 – 21 July

I wanted to crop in to get the scale of the girls and the trees. Changing the orientation from landscape to portrait helps, I think. I also worked with the settings and a preset to get a little fairy tale/dreamy look. Here’s the original:


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Strangled Palm

I took this picture because I was fascinated by the vines twisting and climbing their way up the palm tree. I knew it would look good in black and white. The lines are awesome, too. Twisty and curvy up the trunk and linear on the branches.

A palm tree on Maui has vines creeping up its trunk Not So SAHM

Strangled Palm – ProjectEdit365 – 20 July

The original wasn’t very impressive (other than the light, which I like). I decided to crop in to a small part to show detail, texture, and lines. I took the saturation to zero and then played around the with clarity, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, and darks to get the look I was going for. Here is the original:


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