Pure Joy

She exudes happiness wherever she goes.

She reminds me to live a little and enjoy the small things.

Girl jumps with pure joy from a park bench. Not so SAHM

Pure joy – ProjectEdit365 – 20 Dec

Seeing this photo reminds me that I either need to get my long lens repaired or buy a new one (an upgrade). This would be better if the background were more out of focus. See what I did to take the background out of focus, and see what the original looked like over at Project Edit 365. Thanks!

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She’s Unique

Walking around Old Town, Alexandria, I found this store. I think this describes us all. . .

A store sign outside of an Old Town, Alexandria shop. Not So SAHM

She’s Unique – ProjectEdit365 – 18 Dec

Click over to ProjectEdit365 to see the original and the edits I did. Thanks!

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Claude Moore Colonial Farm

There are *so* many things to see and do the Northern Virginia area – for traveling and homeschooling. Whether you’re into nature, history, culture, current affairs, sports, you name it. The DMV area has it.

As a historical homeschool trip, we visited Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean. It recreates what a small farm would have been like during colonial times. Walking the walk and talking the talk.

Two girls stand in front of a log barn on Claude Moore Colonial Farm. Not So SAHM

Claude Moore Colonial Farm – ProjectEdit365 – 29 Oct

Yesterday, I made the comment that I didn’t know how to recreate the preset from Coffeeshop Blog that I like so much. So, I spent some time on her blog last night, and lo and behold, she has tutorials. And one of them is how to get the “matte effect”. SCORE. I love the look that it gives to many photos. So, to edit, I went straight to the tone curve slider and it worked its magic. It does darken the picture so I lightened the shadows. The man standing in the doorway of the barn was distracting, so I used an adjustment brush on him and completely lowered the exposure. Thankfully that area was already dark. I moved the tint slider a little towards magenta and the temp slider a little towards blue. I used a graduated filter to bring in some warmer light from the upper left corner. Then I used an adjustment brush to sharpen their eyes. Here’s the original:

29oct

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Leaf Peeping

Skyline Drive is a must in the fall if you’re ever near Virginia.

Girl looks out across the hills at all the turning fall leaves. Not So SAHM

Leaf Peeping – ProjectEdit365 – 27 Oct

The original shot was bright but dull. I decreased the highlights, which warmed it a little, and increased the vibrance. I then adjusted the luminance of the green and yellow colors because they were too bright. I used an adjustment brush on her hair to desaturate just a little, to take some of the orange out that was placed there when I increased the vibrance. I also lightened the shadow in the lower left corner. I finished with a small vignette. Here is the original:

27oct

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Crazy Portrait

My youngest has a silly personality that will come out once she’s spent time with you and is comfortable. Fortunately, my camera is well-known and she’s pretty comfortable acting herself.

Plus, how cool is this wall. It was just begging to be posed in front of. I believe it’s in Winchester, VA.

Girl stands in a silly pose in front of brick wall. Not So SAHM

Crazy Portrait – ProjectEdit365 – 22 Oct

I intended to shoot this picture at an interesting angle, but then when I looked at it in the computer, it was just too much. So, I cropped to make the bricks straight, but that ended up cutting off her toes. WAAHHH! I increased the clarity and contrast and lightened the shadows. Also, the picture was super orange so I cooled it down a bit. I also decreased the saturation of the orange color with the orange slider.I used several adjustment brushes: to sharpen her eyes, to lighten the coat and leggings; to decrease the contrast of her face and clothes (since they were too contrasty from increasing the contrast of the whole photo) and on the whitish bricks to tone down the yellowness. I then used a radial filter to darken her surroundings but keep her lighter. Here’s the original:

22oct

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She chose a golden leaf

Everything is magical for the young (and the young at heart).

A girl holds a golden leaf and stands in front of a forest of changing leaves. Not So SAHM

She chose a yellow leaf – ProjectEdit365 – 16 Oct

When I looked at the original of this picture, I realized I needed to brighten her face and maybe sharpen her eyes. So I did that using an adjustment brush and a radial filter. I didn’t even mess with the background. It was a quick edit. Here’s the original:

16oct

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