Close up of flower petals. Not So SAHM

Flower – ProjectEdit365 – 15 Dec

I had to stretch myself to edit this picture. Hop over to ProjectEdit365 to see what I did and what the original looks like (it’s quite different!).

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Wild mushrooms

Small, unassuming

Never to gain much stature

Nestled with giants

Tiny mushrooms grow in a forest in Humboldt County California. Not So SAHM

Wild Mushrooms – ProjectEdit365 – 11 Nov

We found these little guys in Humboldt County, California while we were visiting the redwoods. The minuscule and the majestic in a symbiotic relationship. I cropped the original photo to focus more on the mushrooms. I lowered the highlights and increased the shadows. I used a radial filter to decrease the exposure around the mushrooms. I also decreased the noise just a little. Here’s the original:



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Promise of things to come

Fall is here, but we have small bits of promises that spring will return.

The dogwood berries

A cluster of dogwood berries stand out on an otherwise barren branch. Not So SAHM

The promise of things to come – ProjectEdit365 – 21 Sep

The original lacked good composition. I love dogwood trees and so I guess I just wanted to take a picture of a barren one. . . I knew the red berries would stand out in a photo, but I sure didn’t compose the shot very well. So, I cropped for that. I used an adjustment brush to sharpen the berries and keep the rest of the picture out of focus. I adjusted the green levels to get them to a hue I preferred. I then ran a preset over everything. Here’s the original:


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Keeper of the boats

This guy knows the perfect spot for fishing. And his little seagull friend is waiting in the wings. While researching the bird, I found out that a white heron is the same as a great egret. I wonder what he calls himself? Full, if he can spot a fish.

A white heron (great egret) is perched on a boat waiting to spot a a fish. Not So SAHM

Keeper of the boats – ProjectEdit365 – 16 Sep

Even though the cropped picture still has a lot going on, the original wasn’t quite focused on anything. I cropped and used radial filters to focus on the heron (egret). I lowered the contrast and saturation but increased the highlights, clarity, and vibrancy. Here’s the original:


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The Tree

I feel like I’m running out of pictures for September, and we’re only half-way through! That may mean some crazy editing and/or new techniques! In the meantime, I found a somewhat pretty but boring picture of a field, a fence, and a tree, and dressed it up a bit.

A beautiful field, tree, and fence. Not So SAHM

The Tree – ProjectEdit365 – 15 Sep

To make the picture more dramatic, I increased the clarity, decreased the highlights, and adjusted the temp and tint sliders until I got a look that I liked. I used a radial filter to highlight the opening in the fence. I used an adjustment filter on the sky to decrease the exposure a touch. I also cropped out that rectangle thing just to the right and in the background of “the tree” and added another bush. Here’s the original:



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Snack time

When we lived in North Carolina, we had a lot of wildlife visit our backyard. On this day we were able to see the food chain in action. I was inside, shooting through our window, so I’m surprised the photo is as clear as it is. I love how I captured his one eye — gives him a little more personality. I believe it’s a broad-winged hawk (juvenile?), but it has yellow eyes. If anyone is good at bird identification, please correct me.

A predatory bird sits on top of his dead prey as he begins to eat. Not So SAHM

Snack Time – ProjectEdit365 – 05 Sep

It was hard to see any detail, especially his one eye, in the original. So I cropped in and sharpened. I increased the vibrancy, clarity, and contrast just a little and used the radial filter to create a vignette right where I wanted it. The normal vignette slider would have darkened the bird’s head too much. Here’s the original:


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