Overview of Carmel and Point Lobos

It’s almost always hiking weather in Monterey, California. There’s a nice park there called Jack’s Peak that you reach by driving up a small mountain. The views from the park are magnificent. You have to walk through the forest to get to various vistas, but you get almost a 360 degree view of the surrounding lands: Monterey Bay, Salinas, Carmel Valley, and Carmel towards the Pacific Ocean.

This shot is looking southeast, over Carmel and towards Point Lobos, another beautiful hiking spot. It’s maybe a 5.5 mile distance as the crow flies (using this handy tool, because I’m terrible at distances). Everything is close by in the Monterey area.

Seeing this really makes me want to go back. We were only there for nine months. Enough to capture a little piece of my heart.

Looking out over Carmel from Jacks Peak Park to Point Lobos. Not So SAHM

Overview of Carmel to Point Lobos – ProjectEdit365 – 17 Jan

It was super bright this day! Head over to my project blog: Project Edit 365 to see how I brought back the color to the original photo. Thanks!

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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:

29nov

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Ice Plant Path

Ice plant is not native to the Monterey Bay area, yet it grows like a weed there. I know it’s a nuisance to naturalists or plant nativists, but I think it’s pretty.

Ice plant grows almost everywhere in the greater Monterey Bay area. Not So SAHM

Ice Plant Path – ProjectEdit365 – 26 Sep

I did so much to this picture because the original was so dark. I didn’t want to introduce too much warmth with yellow light because I’ve been doing or seeing so much of that recently. So I adjust various controls, including the individual red and orange controls; and used a graduated filter on the sky to give it an overall cool tone but warm with the plants. From the shadow, it looks like I was shooting at midday so the sun is not flattering at all. Here’s the original:

26september

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Lone Cypress

Just like any other landmark or iconic object, it is special to finally see it in person.

Along 17 Mile Drive sits the Lone Cypress. Kind of all by its lonesome – it has many visitors to keep it company.

The Lone Cypress stands on an outcropping of stone along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. Not So SAHM

The Lone Cypress – ProjectEdit365 – 13 Sep

The original was pretty dark. I increased the exposure, highlights, and contrast, and lightened the shadows. I decreased the clarity a little bit to play up the haze in the background. I used an adjustment brush on the tree to increase the contrast and clarity of it. I also used a graduated filter to warm the right side of the sky and rocks. I finished by adding a small vignette. Here is the original:

13september

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Whale Breach

Y’all. There’s nothing like seeing a whale breach. There are much better pictures out there of breaches, but this editing challenge is about taking what you’ve got and making it usable. Using Lightroom I made my picture a little more dramatic.

A whale breaches in Monterey Bay California. Not So SAHM

Whale Breach – ProjectEdit365 – 09 Sep

I cropped the original for better composition and to straighten the horizon. I decreased the contrast and increased the highlights, whites, and clarity. I moved the tint slider more towards the magenta. I used two graduated filters, one for the water and one for the sky to make them more dramatic. I ended with a small vignette. The original:

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Seal or Sea Lion?

Haaaayyy! While living in Monterey, we learned an easy way to tell the difference between seals and sea lions. Seals are grey-er, have no visible ear flaps, and slide more on their bellies on land. Sea lions have visible ear flaps and longer flippers (both front and back), and they tend to be browner. So, what is my happy little friend below?

A swimming sea lion lifts his flippers above the water in order to regulate his body temperature. Not So SAHM

Seal or Sea Lion? – ProjectEdit365 – 08 Sep

He’s lifting his flippers out of the water to regulate his body temperature. These guys were everywhere in Monterey Bay. They were curious, loud, and their roosts were *stinky*! The original photo was dark and dull. I cropped in to compose the picture better. I increased the clarity, vibrance, and saturation. I decreased the shadows and contrast. I adjusted individual color sliders to make the color of the water stand out a little better. I used an adjustment brush on his eye to sharpen it a bit. I ended with a small vignette. Here’s the original:

08september

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