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:

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Magical Stroll

Walk with the future in mind. Full of promise and mystery.

Girl walks along a wooden walkway through lush landscape. NotSoSAHM

Magical Stroll – ProjectEdit365 – 22 Sep

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that a terrible shot can be salvaged. This is why I love Lightroom. I greatly increased the exposure and contrast and decreased clarity. I also lightened the shadows, blacks, and increased the vibrance. I ran a preset and then cooled the temperature just a bit. I increased the preset’s vignette. The original:

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