Photo Challenge: Edit Me Week 17

Branson of My Reflection of Something hosts a really great photo challenge called "Edit Me". Every week she posts a new straight out of the camera (SOOC) shot and readers are invited to edit the picture and link up. I love playing with my pictures on Photoshop and often wish I had more time to do so. Today must be my lucky day because I am trapped under a snuggly baby on the couch and my laptop is within arm's reach.

Here is the SOOC shot:

edit me challenge

Here is my edited shot:

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I am far from speedy when working with Camera Raw and Photoshop but here are the steps I took to achieve the edits above:

Camera Raw:

Edited custom white balance with the color picker Reduced exposure to -.75 Added fill light to 40 Boosted contrast, clarity, and saturation Sharpened the image Reduced image noise Boosted aqua color in the sky and red on the barn


Ran one of my favorite actions by Paint the Moon: Fresh Wonderland II | Awesome Sauce Ran another PTM action called: Fresh | Fun Faux Flare from the right

How do you like the edited picture?