George’s Head

Apropos considering the holiday we’re approaching:

The profile of the bust of George Washington's head at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota Not So SAHM

George’s Head – ProjectEdit365 – 29 June

I love using black and white with rock. It really helps accent the textures. This one was a quick edit (mainly because we’re traveling and I’m tired). I increased the contrast, clarity, and exposure. Then I cropped it to focus more on George and sharpened the whole picture. The original:


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Breaking dawn

We stopped at the Ingalls Homestead in DeSmet, South Dakota last summer. As in Laura Ingalls Wilder. This was the last place Pa Ingalls homesteaded. We spent the night in a covered wagon and woke up to this scenery.

The Ingalls Homestead in De Smet South Dakota Not So SAHM

Breaking dawn – ProjectEdit365 – 24 June

Other than the wind it was a perfect place. In the summer.

The original was dull. I wanted to show that it was morning so I used a graduated filter on the right top and warmed up that temperature. I increased the clarity and contrast of the whole picture and brought down the noise a little. I used an adjustment brush on the strip of trees and houses and decreased those shadows a bit. I also adjusted the temp of the picture towards the cool side just a little so the blue would show more through the clouds. I added the slightest vignette. The original:


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We trade urban photography for the exact opposite.

The Badlands in South Dakota. Had I seen these as I was exploring westward, I would have turned right back around and gone back to the good life on the East Coast. Thankfully there were fearless souls who ventured beyond.

HDR Photography of Badlands in South Dakota Not So SAHM

Badlands – ProjectEdit365 – 23 June

The original was lopsided and dull. First I straightened the picture then ran a Lightroom preset that mimics the HDR look. I also used the HDR preset on some ocean/beach pictures I edited in February. I love what it does for landscapes! I then adjusted individual settings of the preset settings to lighten the picture just a little. I used an adjustment brush on the mountains in the distance to increase their clarity because they were still too flat. I toned down the noise and lightened the vignetting a little. The original:


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