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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Twists and Turns

 “The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” - Don Williams, Jr.

I took this photo while traveling in Japan at the end of 2011.  The interesting structure caught my attention and I had to take a picture of it.  It almost looks like a roller coaster, but if you look carefully you'll see that it would be a very dangerous roller coaster with the beams running so close to one another.  I came across the quote above and thought it would fit well with the photo.  The twists and turns of life...it's a great reminder to enjoy the journey and not get overly focused on the destination.  How's your journey so far??

This week's guest judge for the Edit Me Challenge is Amy Sands from Little AdventuresI was pretty excited to see she provided a photo of a horse.  I'm not sure I've ever edited a picture of a horse before.  Well, there's a first time for everything, right? 


After Edit: 

I've decided to get a little more bold with my edits but I'm not sure how bold this really is.  Here's what I did: 
  • First, I cropped it in a bit.
  • I practically maxed out on the clarity and vibrance settings on the picture. 
  • I increased the recovery, fill light, blacks, brightness, and contrast.
  • Might lights and darks stayed pretty balanced but I did darken my lights a bit.
  • With split toning, I changed the hue to a 66.
  • For detail I sharpened it a bit but didn't use any masking.
What do you think?  Tips?  Suggestions?

Oh, if you haven't added your photo to this week's Finagle a Foto Challenge, it's not too late.  The challenge this week is "Favorite Things".  Click here to join in the fun!

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  1. I miss having a horse! Blessings

  2. REally Great Edit... Love how you brightened it up! It is beautiful!

  3. I am LOVIN' the shot of that structure! I totally thought it was a roller coaster. There is so much movement to the image. Great composition!

  4. I like your first photo very much.
    And excellent post-processing for the second photo.

    Regards and best wishes

  5. Love what you did here! Great job with giving details too. That's really useful for other Lightroom users!

    And your first photo! SO COOL!

  6. L like your editing, well done

  7. I love how you brightened him up. wish I had done that!

  8. That is an interesting structure. The horse looks more majectic now. Nice job.

  9. I love the structure. I definitely thought it was a (very scary-looking!) roller coaster. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I love how glossy the horse's mane and coat look. Great job!

  11. The lines and texture of that first shot is stunning and I love that quote :). Thank you for sharing! I have a link up called Tones on Tuesday that I would love if you joined!

  12. Hey Kirsten! Love how you brightened it up, & looks dreamy at the same time! Fab job mama!

    The 1st pic is super cool, btw.)

  13. Your twists and turns photo is rather striking.

  14. Loved what you did with the horse. Beautiful edit.

  15. Your horse edit looks fabulous. It's almost HDR.
    Straightaway it reminded me of an old cowboy and western image - love it!


  16. I love how Your Horse looks! So strong. Very nice job!

  17. this is lovely! i especially like the way the greens turned out...that was the hardest part for me.

  18. Following you Now Girl :)

    ~Guest Judge
    Edit Me Challenge
    Amy @ Little Adventures


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