Leaf Peeping

Skyline Drive is a must in the fall if you’re ever near Virginia.

Girl looks out across the hills at all the turning fall leaves. Not So SAHM

Leaf Peeping – ProjectEdit365 – 27 Oct

The original shot was bright but dull. I decreased the highlights, which warmed it a little, and increased the vibrance. I then adjusted the luminance of the green and yellow colors because they were too bright. I used an adjustment brush on her hair to desaturate just a little, to take some of the orange out that was placed there when I increased the vibrance. I also lightened the shadow in the lower left corner. I finished with a small vignette. Here is the original:


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She chose a golden leaf

Everything is magical for the young (and the young at heart).

A girl holds a golden leaf and stands in front of a forest of changing leaves. Not So SAHM

She chose a yellow leaf – ProjectEdit365 – 16 Oct

When I looked at the original of this picture, I realized I needed to brighten her face and maybe sharpen her eyes. So I did that using an adjustment brush and a radial filter. I didn’t even mess with the background. It was a quick edit. Here’s the original:


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Fall colors like Fruity Pebbles

We took a self-guided tour through New England one fall. It was the most amazing explosion of colorful leaves. The only thing I could liken it to was a bowl of Fruity Pebbles. .  . minus the blue (unless you want to count the sky). The picture I took below wasn’t in New England, and it wasn’t at the peak of the color change. But I found it as I searched through my October pics looking for ones I could edit. The original was quite dull, but I was able to edit it and bring out the colors that I saw.

Fall leaves are colorful along the banks of a lake. Not So SAHM

Fall like fruity pebbles – ProjectEdit365 – 13 Oct

cereal_fruity_pebbles_1920x1200 Fruity Pebbles

As I mentioned, the original was dull. The edit was quick. I increased the saturation of the whole picture. I used a graduated filter on the trees and increased the sharpness, clarity, and warmed the temperature. I used another graduated filter on the water to increase the sharpness, clarity, and contrast. I then used the individual color sliders to increase the saturation of the reds and oranges, since there wasn’t that much in the mix of leaves. I finished with a small vignette. Here’s the original:


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Morning Exploration

Crisp autumn morning

Exploring with the current

We’ll go everywhere

Canoeing in the mountains of Virginia. Not So SAHM

Morning exploration – ProjectEdit365 – 19 Sep

I enjoy writing haikus. The only thing I know about them is 5-7-5, so forgive me if they’re not following any other standards. The original photograph was dark so I lightened it and increased the saturation. I decreased the contrast, but then added some back to the trees with an adjustment brush. Here’s the original:



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Sunrise in the country

Sometimes it’s worth it to get up early. It was like God made this sunrise just for me.

A tree-lined driveway is dreamy in the warm light of the sunrise. Not So SAHM

Sunrise in the country – ProjectEdit365 – 31 Aug

The original wasn’t very warm and it was dark. I warmed it and decreased the clarity. I used an adjustment brush on the pathway to increase its clarity, contrast, and sharpness. I also used adjustment brushes and some cloning on the trees to get rid of some of the sun spots. Here’s the original:


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Or maybe Garmisch, at the base of the Alps, is what you think about when you hear German countryside.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen sits at the base of the Alps. Not So SAHM

Garmisch-Partenkirchen – ProjectEdit365 – 07 Aug

The original was flat and dull. I used several adjustment filters to work on the mountains in the distance, the green trees in the distance, and the trees in the foreground. Overall I upped the saturation just a tad and decreased the shadows to get rid of some of the dullness. Here’s the original:


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