52 Week Challenge

52 Weeks of Susan's Life

Week 12 – #1 A Bench at “National Mall, Washington DC”


Washington Mall, Washington DC

Recently I attended my Marymount University reunion in Washington DC. I lived in the Washington DC for about 10 years and have been back for visits on many occasions. I decided to do a little sightseeing on Saturday to see the changes since my last visit.  One thing that really stood out for me were all the barriers that have been constructed around some of the monuments and also around many of the government buildings. This is a sad reminder of the times that we live in.

Considering that the reunion was planned for mid October, I was hoping to catch some beautiful fall foliage and a reprieve from the hot and humid Florida temperatures that we have been experiencing.  Not to be – temps ranged from mid 60’s to 80’s and the foliage was still very green.  When things didn’t go exactly accordingly to my plans, I decided that perhaps Photoshop could help me out.   Recently I learned about a  filter in NIK called Indian Summer. I decided to give that a try to see if I could emulate the weather that I had wished for.  The unsuspecting couple in the photo were appropriately dressed for fall so my edits did make sense.   I’m afraid that the NIK plug in will have to be my fall substitute until I’m lucky enough to experience fall foliage first hand.

Actual Photo without edits

Author: susanbeausang

I moved to Sarasota FL 15 years ago from Philadelphia PA. Shortly before my relocation to Florida I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata which is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. At the time, I didn't understand how this diagnosis would change the course of my life in a very significant manner. Living with hair loss in an appearance driven culture is a challenge I had difficulty returning to my life as I knew it. After a period of adjustment, I decided to try and turn something negative into something positive. I've always considered myself a fashionable and active person. I very quickly discovered that there were few if any, fashionable headwear options for women who choose not to hide behind a wig. I dusted off my Fashion design degree and created a fashion forward option for women who were experiencing hair loss. My creation attempted to bridge the gap between fashion and that of medical hair loss. The beaubeau scarf was created and currently holds 2 US patents on the design. I've been providing fashionable headwear to women all over the world for the past 10 years. So how did I become interested in Photography? My Mom is a very talented photographer from the "film age". I've been blessed to have her influence. I never took the time to really concentrate on photography; opting for sports and most recently my business. My business requires quite a bit of photography so several years ago, I decided to do my own photography and a hobby and passion was born. I'm blessed to have 4 wonderful sons that live in interesting places. Due to time constraints, my travel is limited to visiting family and grand kids but what wonderful subjects! One never knows where a passion will lead you in life but I love taking pictures and discovering the world from the perspective of a camera lens.

4 thoughts on “Week 12 – #1 A Bench at “National Mall, Washington DC”

  1. Good to know about the filter opportunities. I had heard Fall is late this year up north.


  2. Yup, looks like November.


  3. Clever! – never would have known!


  4. Very creative. It looks good. Will have to explore.


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