Beach morning

The Gulf Coast – some of the best beaches in the world.

Pairs of wooden beach chairs line a Pensacola Beach Not So SAHM

Beach Sunrise – ProjectEdit365 – 09 July

I got a beach picture with no one in it because I was out pretty early in the morning. You can tell that because my ISO is so high it made the picture grainy. But, this editing challenge isn’t about using the perfect picture to begin with. It’s about taking what I’ve got and trying to make something of it. I do like the linen effect the final picture has.

To the original, I cropped in to tighten on the beach chairs. I moved the tint slightly towards the magenta side. I increased the exposure and clarity just a tad. I went into the individual color selector and adjusted the red, blue, and purple, slightly to get the look I wanted. I brought the noise down, almost taking the slider over to 100. Yikes! And I did a lens correction to help the horizon seem a little less bulging in the middle. I used a radial filter (I think for the first time), to create just a slightly brighter area in the bottom center.

I hope all that makes sense! Here’s 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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