Exhaustion

I love street photography. I’d love to do more of it, but that means that I have to get out into the streets and take pictures. My normal life sort of precludes that since I’m homeschooling much of the day and we don’t live very close to great street action. It’s something that I hope to work on though in 2017 – forcing myself to get out there.

In June of last year I was able to go to NYC for a street photography workshop held by Lynford Morton who leads Shutterbug Life. We went to several different areas of the city and he coached us on everything from tips on how to shoot to going up and talking to people. It was a rush for me, someone who doesn’t like confrontation or having people be mad at me. I loved it!

As I was processing my images, I could see a common trait on the faces and in the body language of the people in my pictures. As humans we tend to run ourselves ragged: body and mind. Both our bodies and brains need rest in order to rejuvenate and perform optimally. I think we’re all guilty of neglecting ourselves to some degree or another. Here are some of the shots of exhaustion that I captured.

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Straightening buildings

Another beautiful fall day in Central Park.

Tall buildings pose as the backdrop to Central Park. Not So SAHM

Straightening buildings – ProjectEdit365 – 17 Oct

One of the awesome things Lightroom can do is straighten buildings.  My 17-55mm lens can distort tall objects, and with buildings, that’s not a good thing. So, I went down to the “Lens Corrections” and clicked “vertical”. I had to crop after that because it distorts the photo to make the vertical things straight. I added some warm light and adjusted the contrast and clarity. Ugh, I also tried to eliminate some of the sun flare on the building to the right and didn’t do a great job. Here’s the original. You might not even notice how much the buildings are leaning until you look at the edited photo:

17nov

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Liberty’s Torch

Visiting Ellis Island was a great history lesson. I don’t know that I have any direct ancestors who passed through here — so many families do.

The Statue of Liberty's Torch. Not So SAHM

Liberty’s Torch – ProjectEdit365 – 15 Nov

At first, I was working on editing the whole picture. Then I zoomed in to the torch for some reason and realized I wanted to focus on that. There’s so much detail! I decreased the contrast and increased the clarity. I also lightened the shadows. I used adjustment brushes on the underneath of the torch and on the bottom tip. I decreased the noise a bit and added a vignette. Here’s the original:

15nov

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Macy’s Parade – Lady Liberty’s Torch

Spreading her light and liberty throughout the parade route! Hey there, sailors!

By the way, everyone we were standing around was nice. Maybe they were all tourists, but everyone kind of let everyone be.

A parade float with the torch of the statue of liberty floats by in the macy's thanksgiving day parade. Not So SAHM

Macy’s Parade – Lady Liberty’s Torch – ProjectEdit365 – 06 Nov

I love the grittier look for urban photography. I cropped again to straighten and increased the contrast and clarity. Doing that makes the picture dark so I had to increase the shadows. Here’s the original:

06nov

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Macy’s Parade – Snoopy

One year we were able to visit New York City for Thanksgiving and see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! We were there early to get a good spot. It was cold. We were packed like sardines. And it was totally worth it.

The snoopy balloon looms overhead on a new york street during the macy's thanksgiving day parade. Not So SAHM

Macy’s Parade – Snoopy – ProjectEdit365 – 05Nov

The original was so wonky that the building behind him looked like it was falling. Cropping to straighten the buildings cut off some of Snoopy, but I think it adds to the idea of how close he was to us. I increased the contrast and clarity and lightened the shadows. Here’s the original: Should I have left it without cropping it?

05nov

 

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Fall in Central Park

Even New York City experiences the changing of the leaves. (These benches are one of my favorite parts of Central Park).

The sun sets behind golden leaves in Central Park. Not So SAHM

Fall in Central Park – ProjectEdit365 – 03 Nov

I brightened up the original just a little and added some warmth to it. I increased the contrast but decreased the clarity just a bit. Lowered the highlights and lightened the shadows. I used an adjustment brush on the sidewalk to increase its texture. I used a graduated filter on the lower fourth of the frame to increase the exposure. Here’s the original:

03nov

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