You gonna eat that?

The seagulls in Monterey ARE NOT shy. I think the tourists like to feed them and they become rather aggressive. In this photo, I had just finished a 5K and was sitting down on the sea wall to enjoy a banana and a bagel. My little friend landed right beside me and watched me eat every single bite. I did not share.

A seagull sitting very close looks on as I eat. Not So SAHM

You gonna eat that – ProjectEdit365 – 29 Nov

My little friend was pretty dark in the original photo. I couldn’t increase the exposure of the whole picture though because the water was almost blown out. I used an adjustment brush on him to balance out the lighting. I also used two different graduated filters to lower the exposure of the water on the right side. Doing that made the bright area look brownish yellow, so within the filter I cooled the temperature. That got rid of the yellowing. Here’s the original:


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Beach Squirrel?

Along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach there are these cute little squirrel type animals that are so curious. I have a feeling they’re not afraid of humans due to all the tourists who feed them. We neither fed them nor pet them, but we did get very close!

A squirrel type animal gets close enough to sniff a girl's cell phone at a beach along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. Not So SAHM

Beach Squirrel? – ProjectEdit365 – 10 Sep

The original was a little flat. I increased the contrast and clarity, and lightened the shadows and blacks. I warmed the temp just a little and lowered the highlights to give more detail to the clouds. I used some adjustment brushes to lighten the girls’ faces (the increase in contrast and clarity darkened the features too much), to sharpen some of the rocks, and to make the trees in the background stand out a little more. Here’s the original:


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Cormorants are in competition with the seagulls to be the most common bird in the Monterey area. They are great divers and can go pretty deep.

This guy was by himself, resting on a rock near the pathway in Pacific Grove.

A cormorant rests on a rock on the coast of Pacific Grove, Monterey, CA NotSoSAHM

Cormorant – ProjectEdit365 – 25 Apr

The original had poor use of negative space, so I cropped in and desaturated it.


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Flower carpet – Pacific Grove

These are but a small glimpse into the carpet of flowers that blankets Pacific Grove in the springtime.

Purplish pink flowers blanket the ground in Pacific Grove, CA in the springtime NotSoSAHM

Carpet of Flowers – Pacific Grove – Project Edit365 – 21 Apr

The original photo was so dull! I did several things, but one of the most important was increasing the intensity of the color of the flowers. Above is what they really look like in person!


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Echium in Pacific Grove

The famous flowers of Pacific Grove are the pink ones that carpet the ground during the spring.

Those are nice.

I fell in love with these – purple echium

Purple echium grows in abundance in Pacific Grove, CA NotSoSAHM

Echium in Pacific Grove – ProjectEdit365 – 20 Apr

The original was a bit dull. I enhanced it so you could see the sun shining on the flowers. It makes them almost glow.


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Sun Flare

This is along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail. Such an amazing place to run, bike, walk, . . . take pictures.

Sun over the waters of Pacific Grove, Monterey, CA NotSoSAHM

Sun flare – ProjectEdit365 – 24 Mar

The original. Too bright. I was able to heal some of the sun spots. Not a perfect edit – I need to practice more taking pictures into the sun!


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