Colonial Eagle Gasoline Sign

Somewhere near Fayetteville, NC stands this old sign. The longer you look at it, the more words and numbers you end up noticing!

An old Colonial sign stands rusted along side a country road. Not So SAHM

Old Colonial Sign – ProjectEdit365 – 19 Oct

The original was crooked and flat (too bright outside!) and had telephone wires protruding from the back of it. I cropped to straighten and then cloned out all wires (not perfectly though). I decreased the saturation and the highlights of the whole picture and added a small vignette. I created an adjustment brush to enhance the sign itself. In the end I think I added a preset on top of everything and then added grain. It took so much to figure out how to get the picture to look the way I wanted it to (without immediately going to the presets). Here’s the original:


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First Taste

This may be the first time she tasted coffee. It’s definitely the first time she’s tasting strong Greek coffee.

Girl holds styrofoam cup tasting strong coffee. Not So SAHM

First Taste – ProjectEdit365 – 27 Sep

I love capturing everyday moments, but I don’t do it often enough. I’m so glad to see these as I flip through previous years’ pictures on my external. They’re really what the good memories are made of. I wanted to take out the color to keep the main focus on my daughter. I also cropped to eliminate a lot of the dark table on the bottom. I adjusted the sliders a bit and then added some grain. 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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Surf’s Up

Dreaming of the pros. Catching any waves we can.

A boy runs toward the surf with his boogie board. Not So SAHM

Surf’s Up – ProjectEdit365 – 29 Aug

The original was just a little lopsided and dim so I cropped to straighten. I lightened the pic just a bit but it didn’t do too much with the sticks. So I used an adjustment brush to lighten those and the back of the boy’s head. I also used an adjustment brush on the whites of the water to bring out the contrast. I didn’t mess that much with the color of the water and sky because I wanted the focus to remain on the boy. I increased the vibrance a little. The original:


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Cape Hatteras Spiral

257-ish steps – 207-ish feet tall (depends on which website you check). The tallest lighthouse in America.

Around 260 steps spiral up to the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in America. Not So SAHM

Cape Hatteras Spiral – ProjectEdit365 – 25 Aug

The picture just lends itself to black and white. I increased the clarity and decreased the contrast on the whole photo along with lightening the blacks a touch. I then created adjustment brushes for the checkered floor and the brick walls to increase their clarity even more. The original:


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A Bright Day

It *was* a bright day at the beach.

Then this woman came out and set up her umbrella and it got even brighter.

I want one.

A woman sits shaded under a bright, colorful umbrella at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina. Not So SAHM

A Bright Day – ProjectEdit365 – 02 Aug

This was an edit full of cloning out things: people, trash cans, a water tower, random stuff on the sand. I cloned no less than seven things out. I cropped in to focus more on the ladies relaxing and used a radial brush to make them a little brighter. I also used an adjustment brush on the umbrella to increase its saturation. The original with all the items needing to be cloned:


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