Atlas Auto Electric

On our walk around the town, we made it to the downtown area. The buildings, walls, streets–everything had such character. I came across this exterior wall and I love everything that is going on. The window has Christmas pine still decorating it. There’s a chain hanging from them. Perhaps it’s securing the two chairs, I don’t remember. My favorite thing is the wood on the door. Check everything out:

The outer wall of a Fayetteville NC shop is eclectic. Photo by Not So SAHM

Atlas Auto Electric – ProjectEdit365 – 20 Jan

The original was a little dull and the different textures weren’t standing out. Head over to the Project Edit 365 blog to see how I edited the original. Thanks!

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Exhaustion

I love street photography. I’d love to do more of it, but that means that I have to get out into the streets and take pictures. My normal life sort of precludes that since I’m homeschooling much of the day and we don’t live very close to great street action. It’s something that I hope to work on though in 2017 – forcing myself to get out there.

In June of last year I was able to go to NYC for a street photography workshop held by Lynford Morton who leads Shutterbug Life. We went to several different areas of the city and he coached us on everything from tips on how to shoot to going up and talking to people. It was a rush for me, someone who doesn’t like confrontation or having people be mad at me. I loved it!

As I was processing my images, I could see a common trait on the faces and in the body language of the people in my pictures. As humans we tend to run ourselves ragged: body and mind. Both our bodies and brains need rest in order to rejuvenate and perform optimally. I think we’re all guilty of neglecting ourselves to some degree or another. Here are some of the shots of exhaustion that I captured.

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One window open

I’m on a last-minute trip and I was so busy packing and prepping. I did manage to quickly edit a couple of pictures though that I hope to be able to share in the next couple of days on my phone. 

I’m 98% full on my photo storage on WordPress though, so I’m not sure I’ll have room to put the photos on the site while I’m traveling! 😬

I took this photo as we were walking through NYC one day. We may have been driving – this might have been out of my car window. I can’t remember where it is, but I liked the fact that it is curved. And one window is either open or missing. 

One window open – ProjectEdit365 – 01 Dec


The original was a little dimmer. I ran the HDR preset (presets are great when you’re in a rush!) and cropped to eliminate the the different part of the building on the bottom. I’m pretty sure I decreased the noise. Here’s the original:

Brightening the urban night

The city that never sleeps.

There’s an energy in NYC that I feed off of when we visit. Being there makes me feel youthful and full of potential. Like when you just graduate from college and your whole life is before you. I wonder if the magic would fade if I were to live there. Would the energy sustain me or wear me out?

A street photo of NYC and Radio City at night. Not So SAHM

Brightening the urban night – ProjectEdit365 – 25 Nov

The original photo was pretty dark. Technically, there’s not a lot of great things about this photo. I know I was walking when I took it. It does have energy though, and it’s easier to see after running the HDR preset in Lightroom. I lightened the blacks just a touch because I felt the preset made them a little to dark for what I wanted. I also reduced the noise a little. Here’s the original:

25nov

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The rebuilding of WTC

One World Trade Center is now complete and it’s so beautiful. I desperately want to get back to NYC to see it. This was taken in 2011, standing near the Statue of Liberty.

One World Trade Center in the middle of construction. Not So SAHM

The Rebuilding – ProjectEdit365 – 23 Nov

The original was hazy. I increased the contrast and clarity and reduced the noise. I used a graduated filter over the buildings to warm them up a touch. Here’s the original:

23nov

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Straightening buildings

Another beautiful fall day in Central Park.

Tall buildings pose as the backdrop to Central Park. Not So SAHM

Straightening buildings – ProjectEdit365 – 17 Oct

One of the awesome things Lightroom can do is straighten buildings.  My 17-55mm lens can distort tall objects, and with buildings, that’s not a good thing. So, I went down to the “Lens Corrections” and clicked “vertical”. I had to crop after that because it distorts the photo to make the vertical things straight. I added some warm light and adjusted the contrast and clarity. Ugh, I also tried to eliminate some of the sun flare on the building to the right and didn’t do a great job. Here’s the original. You might not even notice how much the buildings are leaning until you look at the edited photo:

17nov

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