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.

A whale breaches in Monterey Bay California. Not So SAHM

Whale Breach – ProjectEdit365 – 09 Sep

I cropped the original for better composition and to straighten the horizon. I decreased the contrast and increased the highlights, whites, and clarity. I moved the tint slider more towards the magenta. I used two graduated filters, one for the water and one for the sky to make them more dramatic. I ended with a small vignette. The original:



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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, what is my happy little friend below?

A swimming sea lion lifts his flippers above the water in order to regulate his body temperature. Not So SAHM

Seal or Sea Lion? – ProjectEdit365 – 08 Sep

He’s lifting his flippers out of the water to regulate his body temperature. These guys were everywhere in Monterey Bay. They were curious, loud, and their roosts were *stinky*! The original photo was dark and dull. I cropped in to compose the picture better. I increased the clarity, vibrance, and saturation. I decreased the shadows and contrast. I adjusted individual color sliders to make the color of the water stand out a little better. I used an adjustment brush on his eye to sharpen it a bit. I ended with a small vignette. Here’s the original:


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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.

A tree spreads its sinewy trunk and branches in Monterey, CA. NotSoSAHM

Lines of wisdom – ProjectEdit365 – 19 Aug

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 a look that I like. I used a radial filter to decrease the clarity of the outer oval of the picture, to draw focus more into the middle of the picture. The original:


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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.

A cormorant rests on a rock on the coast of Pacific Grove, Monterey, CA NotSoSAHM

Cormorant – ProjectEdit365 – 25 Apr

The original had poor use of negative space, so I cropped in and desaturated it.


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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.

A bottom trawl vessel sits in the Monterey Bay Harbor NotSoSAHM

San Giovanni – ProjectEdit365 – 23 Apr

The original didn’t have anything special going on. I think I liked the fact that there are sea lions resting on the floating tires.


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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

Purple echium grows in abundance in Pacific Grove, CA NotSoSAHM

Echium in Pacific Grove – ProjectEdit365 – 20 Apr

The original was a bit dull. I enhanced it so you could see the sun shining on the flowers. It makes them almost glow.


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