Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


Expanding Horizons – Sense of Depth

Hey everyone!  This is my first installment of “Expanding Horizons” and I hope what I have to share is interesting and informative and maybe even sometimes inspirational, if I’m lucky.  I know not everyone has photoshop, so not every post will be technical in that way, although I do plan on posting tips and tricks done in Lightroom and Photoshop on occasion.  So let’s get started!

One of the things I try to keep in mind when composing a photo is to create a sense of depth that makes the eye wander.  I’m definitely not always successful, but it’s something I consciously do when I’m composing and also processing an image.

As an example, here I’ve included an image of the Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Baker.  When I took the photo, I loved the yellow flowers in the foreground.  For me, these flowers dictated how I would compose the photo because they provided a nice anchor for the image and a place for your eye to start as it meanders back along the shoreline to the first and second towers of the bridge.  The line your eye travels along from the foreground to the background creates a sense of depth in the image.

Some people are really masters at this and I admire people who can consistently do this.  For me, I’m just a beginner on this journey but I hope I can once in awhile inspire someone or share things I’ve learned that can be helpful.

Golden Gate from Fort Baker

Golden Gate from Fort Baker

Should you wish to purchase this image, please click here.


New Series: Expanding Horizons

I thought I’d start a series on what I’ve been doing the last year with my photography in hopes that it might help some of you who are also looking into gaining more experience with post processing, expanding internet presence and also expanding presence via galleries and publications.

Not that I’m an expert by ANY stretch of the imagination, but I thought it might be helpful to write up a post now and again on something specific I’ve done to tackle the items I’ve mentioned above which I will call “Expanding Horizons” even if it’s just a tidbit of information.  Sometimes it helps hearing what others do to know the possibilities or where to look for information.

I’ll try to keep the posts not too lengthy because I know we all lead busy lives and the last thing you need is for me to drone on about something.

Stay tuned!

And please pray my computer returns by the end of this week! I am taking a technology break for awhile and will be back soon!


This time it’s a go!

Yay!  Today I got a call that my “famous” coneflower twirl image has been accepted to a gallery in Oakland, California.  As you may recall the last time I got accepted to a gallery in San Francisco, I was not prepared.  Lesson learned…I was prepared this time and dropped off my framed image to the gallery today.

They also asked me for a bio.  For those of you who don’t know, artists are usually asked to provide an artist’s statement for the image and sometimes are asked for a bio.  I’ve revamped mine and it is located here for your reading enjoyment.  I know you can’t wait to read it, so click here.   :-)

For those of you who haven’t seen this image, I’m embedding it below.  Sorry if you’ve seen this more than once…it’s the image that keeps on giving!  haha

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