Rouen, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
Coming up on my blog, a little tour of the historic city centre of Rouen, and just a taste of what this magnificent city has to offer. We’ll look at architecture: the wonderful half-timbered buildings from the medieval period, take a tour of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, the incredible church that inspired Monet to create a series of paintings, and visit the Church of St. Joan of Arc and the market square where the saint was martyred in 1431. 
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Rouen, France. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Coming up on my blog, a little tour of the historic city centre of Rouen, and just a taste of what this magnificent city has to offer. We’ll look at architecture: the wonderful half-timbered buildings from the medieval period, take a tour of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, the incredible church that inspired Monet to create a series of paintings, and visit the Church of St. Joan of Arc and the market square where the saint was martyred in 1431. 

En route to Rouen. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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En route to Rouen. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

En route to Rouen. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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En route to Rouen. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

The curtains of Le Martin Pêcheur . Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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The curtains of Le Martin Pêcheur . Photo by Amber Maitrejean

The early days of autumn. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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The early days of autumn. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Paris noir. Photos by Amber Maitrejean

A golden evening under warm vanilla clouds. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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A golden evening under warm vanilla clouds. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

As taken Lightroom 5 basic editing HDR editing, free photo editing on iPiccy.com

A Beautiful Storm, landscape format, editing progression. Photos by Amber Maitrejean

1. As taken

2. Basic editing in Lightroom 5: straighten horizon line, highlights -100, shadows 0, white point +67, black point -10, contrast +2, clarity +7, vibrance +5, adjustments to the tone curve: lights +3, darks -5, shadows -5, sharpen 9, detail 29, luminance 11, vignette -14.

3. HDR edit, available to anyone on iPiccy.com, faded out by 30%, small adjustment to tone curve to add the shadows back in. I really love what HDR editing does to skies, bringing out a full tonal range in the image, and the way light appears on the water emphasizing highlights and shadows- making the wind appear on the surface.

But, I like them both. :-)

Voilà :-)

Thank you for the reblogs, Lux Lit and Inspiring Bits and Pieces :-)
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Thank you for the reblogs, Lux Lit and Inspiring Bits and Pieces :-)

Lace in the meadow. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Lace in the meadow. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

“I don’t know where my road is going, but I know that I walk better when I hold your hand.”   ~Alfred de Musset
Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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“I don’t know where my road is going, but I know that I walk better when I hold your hand.”
~Alfred de Musset

Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Evil mist….don’t let it follow you home… Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Evil mist….don’t let it follow you home… Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Loulou, Queen of the Meadow. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
A re-edit of my favorite portrait of my step daughter.
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Loulou, Queen of the Meadow. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

A re-edit of my favorite portrait of my step daughter.

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”   ~Alice Walker,  The Color Purple 
Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”
~Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Revisiting Chateau Champs-sur-Marne. Photos by Amber Maitrejean