Secret Woods

There’s a really cool park in Broward County called Secret Woods Nature Center. There are several walks through the woods and marsh with lots of cool flora and fauna. One of the paths leads out to the river where we were hoping to see manatees, which are “in season” right now to view.

We didn’t see any manatees, but we had great luck finding awesome trees like the one below to pose with.

Girl kneels in tree with cool, exposed roots. Not So SAHM

Secret Woods – ProjectEdit365 – 12 Jan

 

I did so much editing to this photo. You’re going to want to see the original and what steps I took! Head over to Project Edit 365, the blog I created just for my year-long editing project. Thanks!

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Encased in Ice

Living in the DC area, we got the extremes of each season. Summer would be sweltering and winter, well — the years we lived there, DC went through Snowpocolypse, Snowmageddon, and whatever the snowstorm last winter (2015/2016) was called. Needless to say, it was cold!

Even though I wasn’t happy with the weather, there’s beauty to be found pretty much anywhere, anytime. I looked in my backyard and found these buds encased in ice. They were beautiful. And I knew that once spring came, they would flower into even more beauty.

Buds on a bare tree are encased in ice after a winter storm. Not So SAHM

Encased in Ice – ProjectEdit365 – 10 Jan

Even though it looks like I did compose with the rule of thirds in mind, I thought that there was too much negative space. Head over to the blog that I created specifically for my Project Edit 365 challenge to see the original and the edits I made. Thanks!

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Lone Cypress

Just like any other landmark or iconic object, it is special to finally see it in person.

Along 17 Mile Drive sits the Lone Cypress. Kind of all by its lonesome – it has many visitors to keep it company.

The Lone Cypress stands on an outcropping of stone along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. Not So SAHM

The Lone Cypress – ProjectEdit365 – 13 Sep

The original was pretty dark. I increased the exposure, highlights, and contrast, and lightened the shadows. I decreased the clarity a little bit to play up the haze in the background. I used an adjustment brush on the tree to increase the contrast and clarity of it. I also used a graduated filter to warm the right side of the sky and rocks. I finished by adding a small vignette. Here is the original:

13september

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Sunrise in the country

Sometimes it’s worth it to get up early. It was like God made this sunrise just for me.

A tree-lined driveway is dreamy in the warm light of the sunrise. Not So SAHM

Sunrise in the country – ProjectEdit365 – 31 Aug

The original wasn’t very warm and it was dark. I warmed it and decreased the clarity. I used an adjustment brush on the pathway to increase its clarity, contrast, and sharpness. I also used adjustment brushes and some cloning on the trees to get rid of some of the sun spots. Here’s the original:

31August

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Lines of Wisdom

Don’t judge me because of my lines and curves and wrinkles. There’s a wisdom that comes with them. Relax under my canopy and I will teach you.

A tree spreads its sinewy trunk and branches in Monterey, CA. NotSoSAHM

Lines of wisdom – ProjectEdit365 – 19 Aug

I definitely envisioned this in black and white when I took the picture. So I changed it to black and white and adjusted the different levels to get a look that I like. I used a radial filter to decrease the clarity of the outer oval of the picture, to draw focus more into the middle of the picture. The original:

19August

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Painted Eucalyptus – an ant’s-eye view

They’re so fascinating. As the bark peels off, the different layers are different colors.

This is a tree I could hug.

An ant's view looking up at a painted eucalyptus tree on Maui's Road to Hana Not So SAHM

Painted Eucalyptus, Up Close – ProjectEdit365 – 22 July

The original was kind of flat and dull. I increased the vibrance and saturation and used several different adjustment filters – two for the tree and one for the background. I took away the sharpness of the background to make the trunk the focus of the picture. I also darkened it just a bit. I sharpened the tree and reduced the noise and tried to soften the harshness of the overexposed parts.

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