Beauty Everywhere

Even under foot.

When we took a tour of the US Capitol we were awestruck at the beautiful architecture, columns, paintings, ceilings, sculptures, the cupola, and even floor grates. I could stare at this for a long time. I love the symmetry. It looks like it’s a fibonacci sequence. Maybe that’s why it’s relaxing to me. Is it only me? It might be too busy for you.

A grate at the US Capitol has a beautiful pattern. Photo by Not So SAHM

Beauty everywhere – ProjectEdit365 – 24 Jan

I had to turn this one to black and white. To see why head over to the Project Edit 365 blog. Thanks!

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Capitol Dome, Inside Out

I mentioned yesterday that my family loves history. We also love (to a certain extent) politics and the way that governments work. You could probably already tell that by the different State House pictures I’ve taken.

We took a tour of the US Capitol when we lived in the DC area. FASCINATING and beautiful! So much detail was paid to every square inch. Here is the inside of the dome. So gorgeous.

The inside of the US Capitol dome is much prettier than it's new exterior. Not So SAHM

Capitol Dome, Inside Out – ProjectEdit365 – 04 Jan

I was curious as to what my camera settings were when I took this because everything seems to be in good focus. Click over to Project Edit 365 to see what camera I used and to see what edits I made to the original! Thanks so much!

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December at the cemetery

Every December Wreaths Across America lays wreaths at the headstones of veterans. We helped out one year laying wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery.

Black and white fits this setting and the dark wreaths really contrast against the white stones. I cloned out a person in the background and cropped in a little. Here is the original:

Excuse me, Sir

We visited the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C. and decided that the exhibits would be better as interactive ones. These men are waiting in a soup line during the Great Depression. I’m guessing Ash is going ask if she can cut in line.

Girl stands in the back of statues waiting in a soup kitchen line at the FDR Memorial in Washington DC. Not So SAHM

Excuse me, Sir – ProjectEdit365 – 24 Oct

I decided to crop a little to tighten the subject. Turning it black and white took care of the distracting color of her jacket and purse. I also gave it a little grain to make it look a little aged. Here’s the original:

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That time we brought Barbies to see the President

When my girls were younger they would never travel anywhere without their Barbies. And so here we are, getting ready to see the president, Barbies in the audience.

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That time we brought Barbies to see the President – ProjectEdit365 – 06 Oct

For this picture, I wanted more of a nostalgic look. I decreased the contrast, clarity, and vibrance. I also moved the tint slider more towards magenta. I sharpened the picture and decreased the noise. Here is the original:

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Air Force One

So, we didn’t exactly *meet* the president. BUT, we *did* see him climb out of Marine One and board Air Force One. Whether you’re on the same side of the political fence or not, seeing the care and safety taken for the president fills you with pride.

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Air Force One – ProjectEdit365 – 05 Oct

The original was flat. I increased the contrast and clarity and lightened the shadows. I decreased the vibrance just a little. Here’s the original:

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