Liberty’s Torch

Visiting Ellis Island was a great history lesson. I don’t know that I have any direct ancestors who passed through here — so many families do.

The Statue of Liberty's Torch. Not So SAHM

Liberty’s Torch – ProjectEdit365 – 15 Nov

At first, I was working on editing the whole picture. Then I zoomed in to the torch for some reason and realized I wanted to focus on that. There’s so much detail! I decreased the contrast and increased the clarity. I also lightened the shadows. I used adjustment brushes on the underneath of the torch and on the bottom tip. I decreased the noise a bit and added a vignette. Here’s the original:

15nov

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Macy’s Parade – Lady Liberty’s Torch

Spreading her light and liberty throughout the parade route! Hey there, sailors!

By the way, everyone we were standing around was nice. Maybe they were all tourists, but everyone kind of let everyone be.

A parade float with the torch of the statue of liberty floats by in the macy's thanksgiving day parade. Not So SAHM

Macy’s Parade – Lady Liberty’s Torch – ProjectEdit365 – 06 Nov

I love the grittier look for urban photography. I cropped again to straighten and increased the contrast and clarity. Doing that makes the picture dark so I had to increase the shadows. Here’s the original:

06nov

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Lady Liberty

The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

The Statue of Liberty Not So SAHM

Lady Liberty – ProjectEdit365 – 06 June

I made subtle edits (but a lot) to this one. I cropped in a little and slightly sharpened the whole picture. I adjusted clarity, contrast, and the shadows to reach the desired effect. I used an adjustment brush on her plaque and face to sharpen those up a bit. I also used an adjustment brush on the sky to soften it and decrease the noise. I decreased the aqua saturation and increased the blue. *After typing all that, I’m sure there are people who could do the same thing with better efficiency! The original:

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My favorite

Moving on to week 3 of 2012! This week’s theme for the LensProToGo Project 52 is about favorites. When I took these pictures I thought the theme was about a generic favorite. New York City has quickly become one of my favorites. I got this frame at the Statue of Liberty gift shop. It’s made from parts of the metal that were removed from the Statue and the buildings on Ellis Island when they were renovated (I believe back in the 80s).

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BUT, then today the blog post was published with the detailed meaning of “favorite”.

What is the one thing you would most likely save if your house was on fire (considering your family, including all animals, were safe). If you could only keep 1 thing (again considering you could keep your family and pets) what would you want to save?

This frame, as cool as it is, wouldn’t be the one thing I would want to save. I know what I have to take a picture of now. . .