I edited most of my pictures with Lightroom. I seem to go through phases where I like using Photoshop only ... and then sometimes only Lightroom depending on my mood and the type of photos. I am not partial to either. I think both Lightroom and Photoshop have their own special places in the world depending on what you are trying to achieve. This time, I used mostly Lightroom to edit my raw shots and played around with some of the presets too. I did bring some into photoshop that needed some 'eye define' enhancements, but that's about it. P.S. I use & love THIS free action from Coffeeshop blog called "Perfect Portrait". It's a really sweet action to be able to boost the contrast overall, define the eyes and soften the skin quickly on any shot.
I also decided to get back to using a watermark. I am obviously not a professional or even close. I am still very hobbyist and not very good actually. But... I saw a nice reminder on A Sorta Fairytale's blog about how important it is to watermark your photos always that you put out there online. I started doing it a while back, and it's really kind of a pain in the you know what because WHO HAS THE TIME? Not I! However, after reading THIS post on watermarking, it reminded me that anyone can steal Julianna's photos ... and let's face it, she is darned cute. So that does scare me. So... I'll try to watermark most of my stuff in the future for that reason.
... Here's vacation...
Most of these beach pictures were taken at Assateague Island and Assateague Beach. There are wild ponies that roam free here. I got to take some photos of them off in the marsh and on the side of the road on our way out! (You'll see below)
Julianna does not care for the sand - actually, she hates it. She freaks out if she touches it. She won't walk on it or touch it... I am told by other moms that she will grow out of this by next year's beach trip. Anyone else have this issue with their 2 year old? I sure hope so.
She was "OK" sitting on the boogie board ... as long as no part of her touched the sand. Oyyyy toddlers!
Assateague was a nice beach. No rip currents either.
Tons of big open areas there at Assateague! Loved it! Not crowded like the Ocean City Beaches were!
She was DONE at this point. I put her down after our trek from the sand to the boardwalk... and she RAN for the car. RAN. Is my kid the only one that hates sand?? She liked it last year.... Maybe this will change next year.
Ponies! They roam free here - so amazing!
Then on our way out of Assateague, we got lucky enough to see a few ponies on the side of the road and swung over to take some pictures. We lucked out because we got there before anyone else spotted them and I had my camera out and ready to go.
Bridge into and out of Assateague Island. I thought this was kind of a neat bridge because of the lines.
Dinner time view from the restaurant. I think these were Ospreys... they were so beautiful!
Another view from the restaurant - nice spot to have dinner! I love sunsets!
The Canada geese joined the everyone for dinner... looking for scraps. Julianna was saying "Geese Geese" at them. She loves them.
View from out condo... we loved sitting out here at night and watching the boats. I can't wait to go back.
Julianna polishing off some cherries. Her new favorite fruit!
That's all for now. Have a great weekend and I'll post more in a couple days... I have more pictures from the beach, the boardwalk and her photo shoot on the boardwalk behind our condo ... stay tuned!