White Sands

The dunes here are other worldly. In the midst of the high desert lie dunes made of what looks like beach sand. It’s gypsum. And this is the largest gypsum dune field in the world. (Thank you, NPS)

A soaptree yucca survives in the dunes of White Sands National Monument. Not So SAHM

White Sands – ProjectEdit365 – 23 Aug

I like the whiteness of the original photo but I wanted to add some dimension. I ended up adding some warmth as well. The original:

23August

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Pearl Harbor

When you’re at the memorial and look down in the water, you can still see oil seeping up from the USS Arizona.

A memorial floats over the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor Not So SAHM

Pearl Harbor – ProjectEdit365 – 18 July

The edit for this picture was mostly stylistic. I cropped to remove some of the foreground plants and to use the rule of thirds to place the memorial in the picture. I sharpened and reduced the noise. I lowered the contrast and increased the clarity, increased the highlights and whites, and decreased the shadows. I also increased the vibrancy. I increased the saturation and luminance of the blue color to brighten the photo without increasing the exposure of the whole thing. In the end I added a small vignette. The original:

18July

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George’s Head

Apropos considering the holiday we’re approaching:

The profile of the bust of George Washington's head at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota Not So SAHM

George’s Head – ProjectEdit365 – 29 June

I love using black and white with rock. It really helps accent the textures. This one was a quick edit (mainly because we’re traveling and I’m tired). I increased the contrast, clarity, and exposure. Then I cropped it to focus more on George and sharpened the whole picture. The original:

29June

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