When we lived in North Carolina, I went out with a photographer friend to shoot around our town. Being in the middle of the week, my kids came along. It was a chilly and overcast day and we were walking around a more industrial part of town. Leave it to kids to find something to play with no matter where they are, and that’s a good thing!

Young girl uses a stick to play in a puddle. Photo by Not So SAHM

Reflection – ProjectEdit365 – 19 Jan

After playing around with the photo for a bit, I decided to try something I’d seen recently somewhere. . . Jump over to Project Edit 365 to see how I edited the original photo. Thanks!

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Beach Reflection

Little toes in sand

Fascinated by it all

Loving simple life

Little Girl looks at her reflection in the wet sand at the beach. Not So SAHM

Beach Reflection – ProjectEdit365 – 04 Nov

The original was too blue for a fall sunset picture. I warmed it up a bit. I also lowered the clarity but used an adjustment brush on the reflection and the waves to increase their sharpness and clarity. I ended with a small vignette. Here’s the original:



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A Spider’s Pearls

Each dew drop, a reflection.

hundreds of dew drops on a spider web reflect the viewer. Not So SAHM

A Spider’s Pearls – ProjectEdit365 – 24 Aug

I didn’t realize it until doing this edit, that the black dot in each dew drop is me! (Right?!) I love the original photo, but didn’t want to just sharpen the picture and increase the vibrancy (which is the way I was initially headed). I wanted to take it in a different direction, so I decided to crop in and go black and white. That’s pretty much all I did, other than sharpening it. The original:


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Visitor at the door

I had to share what I captured today. I was sitting outside messing with my camera when two ducks walked up to the patio. They ended up taking a nap not ten feet away from me. After a while a third duck walked up and ended up wanting into my house!

I did not let him in.

A duck looks through a glass door wondering what's on the other side. Not So SAHM

Visitor at the door – ProjectEdit365 – 17 Aug

You can also see me in the reflection, lying down on the ground. He wasn’t phased at all by me. In fact, he came back later in the day, when I was inside, and began tapping at the glass. He stayed around for about five minutes!

I didn’t take the time to compose very well so the original is wonky. I cropped to straighten and then increased the vibrancy and contrast on the duck’s body. I decreased the clarity of everything around the duck. The original:


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