Whale Breach

Y’all. There’s nothing like seeing a whale breach. There are much better pictures out there of breaches, but this editing challenge is about taking what you’ve got and making it usable. Using Lightroom I made my picture a little more dramatic. I cropped the original for better composition and to straighten the horizon. I decreasedContinue reading “Whale Breach”

Seal or Sea Lion?

Haaaayyy! While living in Monterey, we learned an easy way to tell the difference between seals and sea lions. Seals are grey-er, have no visible ear flaps, and slide more on their bellies on land. Sea lions have visible ear flaps and longer flippers (both front and back), and they tend to be browner. So,Continue reading “Seal or Sea Lion?”

Lines of Wisdom

Don’t judge me because of my lines and curves and wrinkles. There’s a wisdom that comes with them. Relax under my canopy¬†and I will teach you. I definitely envisioned this in black and white when I took the picture. So I changed it to black and white and adjusted the different levels to get aContinue reading “Lines of Wisdom”


Cormorants are in competition with the seagulls to be the most common bird in the Monterey area. They are great divers and can go pretty deep. This guy was by himself, resting on a rock near the pathway in Pacific Grove. The original had poor use of negative space, so I cropped in and desaturatedContinue reading “Cormorant”

The San Giovanni

Sometimes you want to do something fun with an edit. I decided to make this look somewhat like a newspaper article. I googled the San Giovanni to figure out what type of boat it is. It is a “bottom trawl vessel” that fishes for groundfish. The original didn’t have anything special going on. I thinkContinue reading “The San Giovanni”

Echium in Pacific Grove

The famous flowers of Pacific Grove are the pink ones that carpet the ground during the spring. Those are nice. I fell in love with these – purple echium The original was a bit dull. I enhanced it so you could see the sun shining on the flowers. It makes them almost glow. ~~~ ¬†Continue reading “Echium in Pacific Grove”