Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Little Nature Boy (and an edit)

I'm going to give you a little insight on my boy.

We have a huge back yard. Seriously, it's huge. Think about the biggest back yard you've ever seen, and then double that size. I'm not even kidding here. Cohen loves to be out there. We've got tons and tons of clean, safe, grassy yard, but do you think that's where he wants to be?


He'd rather play in the woods. Next to the old shed that houses who knows how many demonic critters. And the kid is persistent, too. I can spend all day moving him to the grass, but he always makes it right back to the forbidden area.

This week, in a moment of frustrated weakness, I gave in; let the kid play in the dangerous woods with the rusty nails.

I jest about the nails. That is ... until he finds some and pitches a holy fit when I take them away. Then, I may cave. Who knows. I'm a terrific mother, I swear.

Anyway, my kid, with acres of plush grass on which to romp and play, choses this. A pinecone. That's what makes him happy.

That's my nature boy for you.


On a completely different note, I'm linking up for my first ever Edit Me challenge.

I'm terrified to participate because, y'all, I'm just a mom with a camera, fumbling into some good pictures every once in a while. But I'd like to improve my editing skills, so I'm putting on my big girl panties and playing with the pros.

So here's my entry (and, ohmygoodness, is that baby not the cutest thing you've ever seen? Swoon.):

Here's what I did: I cropped the photo to get a tight shot of the cuteness. I increased the exposure by 50% and increased the clarity just a tad so I could see more of that oh-so-precious baby fuzz. Then, I turned the picture into B&W and played with the levels until I found something I liked. I know, so technical.

Here's a before and after comparison:

Soooo ... what do you think?
Edit Me


  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE your edit!!! Fantastic job!!

  2. Love your edit,I haven't done mine yet, I just downloaded the pic and seen there was two entries already so came to take a peek. Your little boy is so cute!!

  3. Your boy is really cute and I love the edit!

  4. You did a really great job on the edit!
    And your little nature boy is delicious!

  5. Your boy is adorable!
    I also really love your edit. Good job!

  6. Your little boys is soooo adorable. love those shots and I love what you did with the Edit me.

  7. I love your pictures, especially the angles you used. Great edit, too!

  8. Your son is adorable! Great pics!

    I like your edit, isn't that a sweet baby?!

  9. First welcome to Edit Me's so much fun and really inspires you to hon in on your editing skills (at least it does for me). You did a fabulous it. Great shots of your adorable little boy...great age too.

    Bright blessings,

  10. I think. . . I love it! Love the warmth of your black and white. And your son is sooo cute!

  11. This is also my first Edit Me Challenge, so I feel your pain. =) But I must say you did AMAZING and I am so excited to learn from everyone who participates! I look forward to the next challenge and the next and the next..... Again, GREAT JOB!

  12. Spectacular! I love it!! ~ Cindy Anning

  13. You did a great job on the edit, love the crop and how you put the focus on him!!

  14. I have a nature boy, too! Love your edit for the challenge! Great job!


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