San Juan Bautista

Near Monterey, stands a mission along the California Mission Trail. It also stands on the San Andreas Fault! San Juan Bautista is a beautiful, small mission founded in 1797. Below is the church. Some of the tiles that make the floor have paw prints of cats that walked over them while they were drying, over 180 years ago! Another note of interest is that parts of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, Vertigo, was filmed here.

The church at Mission San Juan Bautista near Monterey, CA. Photo by Not So SAHM

Mission San Juan Bautista – ProjectEdit365 – 26 Jan

Did you know that your lens determines how many points you’ll have in a starburst on your lights? Hop over to Project Edit 365 to read about how many points my starbursts have and how I edited the original photo. Thanks!

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Overview of Carmel and Point Lobos

It’s almost always hiking weather in Monterey, California. There’s a nice park there called Jack’s Peak that you reach by driving up a small mountain. The views from the park are magnificent. You have to walk through the forest to get to various vistas, but you get almost a 360 degree view of the surrounding lands: Monterey Bay, Salinas, Carmel Valley, and Carmel towards the Pacific Ocean.

This shot is looking southeast, over Carmel and towards Point Lobos, another beautiful hiking spot. It’s maybe a 5.5 mile distance as the crow flies (using this handy tool, because I’m terrible at distances). Everything is close by in the Monterey area.

Seeing this really makes me want to go back. We were only there for nine months. Enough to capture a little piece of my heart.

Looking out over Carmel from Jacks Peak Park to Point Lobos. Not So SAHM

Overview of Carmel to Point Lobos – ProjectEdit365 – 17 Jan

It was super bright this day! Head over to my project blog: Project Edit 365 to see how I brought back the color to the original photo. Thanks!

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You gonna eat that?

The seagulls in Monterey ARE NOT shy. I think the tourists like to feed them and they become rather aggressive. In this photo, I had just finished a 5K and was sitting down on the sea wall to enjoy a banana and a bagel. My little friend landed right beside me and watched me eat every single bite. I did not share.

A seagull sitting very close looks on as I eat. Not So SAHM

You gonna eat that – ProjectEdit365 – 29 Nov

My little friend was pretty dark in the original photo. I couldn’t increase the exposure of the whole picture though because the water was almost blown out. I used an adjustment brush on him to balance out the lighting. I also used two different graduated filters to lower the exposure of the water on the right side. Doing that made the bright area look brownish yellow, so within the filter I cooled the temperature. That got rid of the yellowing. Here’s the original:

29nov

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Fresh Veggies Farm Stand

The greater Monterey, CA area is called the Salad Bowl of America. As you head east from Monterey to Salinas, you pass from a temperate coastal zone to a hot climate with fertile soil. The produce around that area is amazing.

Fresh from the dirt.

Fresh veggies sit in individual baskets at a Salinas, CA farm stand. Not So SAHM

Fresh Veggies Farm Stand – ProjectEdit365 – 17 Oct

The original photo had a dark and somewhat yellow cast. I cooled the temp and decreased the clarity and contrast. I also added a preset that gives it an overall less contrasty look (not sure what to call it). And I added a small vignette. Here’s the original:

17oct

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Ice Plant Path

Ice plant is not native to the Monterey Bay area, yet it grows like a weed there. I know it’s a nuisance to naturalists or plant nativists, but I think it’s pretty.

Ice plant grows almost everywhere in the greater Monterey Bay area. Not So SAHM

Ice Plant Path – ProjectEdit365 – 26 Sep

I did so much to this picture because the original was so dark. I didn’t want to introduce too much warmth with yellow light because I’ve been doing or seeing so much of that recently. So I adjust various controls, including the individual red and orange controls; and used a graduated filter on the sky to give it an overall cool tone but warm with the plants. From the shadow, it looks like I was shooting at midday so the sun is not flattering at all. Here’s the original:

26september

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Beach Squirrel?

Along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach there are these cute little squirrel type animals that are so curious. I have a feeling they’re not afraid of humans due to all the tourists who feed them. We neither fed them nor pet them, but we did get very close!

A squirrel type animal gets close enough to sniff a girl's cell phone at a beach along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. Not So SAHM

Beach Squirrel? – ProjectEdit365 – 10 Sep

The original was a little flat. I increased the contrast and clarity, and lightened the shadows and blacks. I warmed the temp just a little and lowered the highlights to give more detail to the clouds. I used some adjustment brushes to lighten the girls’ faces (the increase in contrast and clarity darkened the features too much), to sharpen some of the rocks, and to make the trees in the background stand out a little more. Here’s the original:

10september

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