October along the Seine. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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October along the Seine. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Late September on the Marne. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Late September on the Marne. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Storm clouds over the port. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Storm clouds over the port. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Dieppe, France. Photos by Amber Maitrejean

Fête Nautique. Neuilly-sur-Marne. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Fête Nautique. Neuilly-sur-Marne. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Dieppe, France. Photos by Amber Maitrejean

Normandy, France. Photos by Amber Maitrejean

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

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 :-)

“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

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

Pineapple rain. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
No edit, lowered exposure by 1/3.
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Pineapple rain. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

No edit, lowered exposure by 1/3.

Along the River Saône. Photo and gif by Amber Maitrejean
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Along the River Saône. Photo and gif by Amber Maitrejean

The meadow in black and white. Photos by Amber Maitrejean