Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth

Bridging the Gap


Continuing along the lines of pushing boundaries, this time I’m bridging the gap between the straight up photo and artwork.  I think most of you know that I enjoy creating artwork with my photography.  I will never move completely away from taking straight-up photos because I do love it a lot, but I also love dabbling in that creative arena where I can push the envelope and do something unique.

My husband and I were driving home from a fellow blogger’s art show in San Francisco and the skies were so beautiful that I quickly snapped a picture with my iPhone.  I looked at and thought…oh darn, it’s blurry.    But then I started playing with it on an iPhone app and started seeing something painterly.   The next day I uploaded it into photoshop and added just a touch here and there to make it look a little more finished.

Here I’m showing the before and after just for the fun of it.  Just click on the first thumbnail and use your arrow or mouse to advance to the next one.


Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

92 thoughts on “Bridging the Gap

  1. This is exactly what I love doing with photographs!

  2. I agree, I love that with just a little or sometimes a lot of tweaking you can take a beautiful picture and make an extraordinary piece of art.

  3. Laura, Adobe has removed the oil painting filter from Photoshop CC 2014, not that I understand why.

    • I know why because I was wondering and posted. They are moving toward a faster photoshop without so much maintenance which means no flash as well. (hahahaha which cracks me up because Steve Jobs always said he would not use flash because html was faster which irritated Adobe). Anyway, so anything that is not HTML is not in PSCC14. Third parties will have to make all their plug-ins and filters via the Adobe Extension Manager html. The only one that works is Fly Paper Textures only because someone on the forum and pasted the link to run an installer. Oil paint will not be coming back.

  4. Wow, a fabulous remake!!

  5. Where did you take such a lovely pic?! Have you noticed how they are taking down the old bridge.. Amazing!

  6. Amazing artistic rendering–it really looks like a painting. Wow.

  7. The photoshopped version looks great.

  8. Very creative and beautiful use of a blurry photo. I like the result a lot, Laura.

  9. The artistic version is so great and it’s wonderful seeing how it originated! I love both pictures!

  10. Okay, that is absolutely beautiful! Well done!

  11. I do like your treatment on the “after” image – however, had you not mentioned that the original picture was blurry – the “before” picture could also have been an art rendering – just goes to show that if you start with something worthwhile – the treatment only makes it a bit better.

  12. Lovely result, Laura!
    I enjoyed reading the comments, now I feel updated. 🙂

  13. I like both images but I admire your spirit 🙂

  14. You are very talented Laura, the resultat is amazing 🙂

  15. You KNOW how much I love this re-engineered image. Oh…is that a dirty windshield streak or a dust spot right there in the middle, lol? Either way, keep it up Laura. You’re an inspiration to some of us non-creative type 🙂

  16. That is simply lovely. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  17. Laura, I love what you are doing with your photos.

    Years ago I used to be a realist artist (oil & acrylic) and people would say to me, “why don’t you just take a picture?” Five years ago I injured my wrists building a house, and so realism went out the window…but the artist in me never left. Now I take photos, and like you do, I try to make them look like paintings…lol!

    So much fun…keep pushing those boundaries…and oh, I’m a big fan of impressionism. You nailed this one 🙂 ~ dave

    • YAY! Thank you Dave for your positive feedback. I know that extreme photo manipulation isn’t for everyone but I’ve always enjoyed being creative and trying to push the boundaries. I’m so glad you feel I nailed it! 🙂

  18. Playing with images is such fun and what a brilliant result. Love it!

  19. Outstanding, Laura! I’m a huge fan of photography as a base for artistic expression, and I too love to morph my images into something more painterly. I’m also a fan of intentionally blurred photos, and altho your blur wasn’t intentional, I like both the original and the manipulated versions. Nice! 🙂

    • It’s funny Katrina…after this I had realized that blurring them before helps out the look. Seems like I’m not the only one! 🙂 Thank you for your comments.

  20. What fun Laura and yes the blur makes it!!!

  21. Look like a Renoir painting

  22. Your art is beautiful Laura!

  23. Well, from now on, I’m going to be taking a second (and third) look at my blurry photos 🙂 Love your creativity with this and love, love, love the outcome!! You could frame and hang it!

    • Thank you! And yes, please do look at your blurry photos. You never know! Someone here said they intentionally take blurry photos and I read that after I had surmised that I could do just that, lol.

  24. Hey Laura .. Love ’em. 🙂


  25. Nice work Laura. The painted version looks great!

  26. Looks good Laura. I always like the freedom that my worse photos give me to be creative and experiment with. I probably have more photos to work than you do. 🙂

    • Thanks so much…it’s funny you say that because i do end up doing more creative things with my crummy photos lol. And I’m learning what can be done to create art this way. And making notes! Note #1: Shake camera to cause blur because it looks better after processing to look like a painting. 🙂

  27. Nothing like getting arty. 🙂

  28. I could spend hours creating in photoshop. I love it.

  29. Definitely one to print and hang on the wall …very nice

  30. and it turns out to be such a lovely painting… print it and hang it on the wall for sure… Laura I love it…

  31. I’m not a big fan of the snapshot looking photos whether they are nice and sharp or an abstract sort of photo-art. But what you have done to this photo makes it look very interesting to me. When looking at the original photo I think of people driving over a bridge, a scene I see on a daily basis and don’t find very interesting. When I look at the processed version I think this is a memory for someone who lives in that area to remind them of driving home after having a great day or starting off the morning to a great day. Going from photo to painting to me makes a big difference and I think it really works. Great job Laura!

    • Thank you so much! I did feel a story there and I think that’s why it worked as well. It was my OWN story! It’s a little memory of me returning from a fellow WP’ers REAL photography showing, so maybe being there inspired me but I’ll always remember it because of this image. Thanks Justin. I appreciate your comments. 🙂

  32. Lovely Laura; “pushing boundaries” is what it’s all about 🙂

  33. I don’t know, I guess I’m just a realist at heart, I like your original photo the best. Colors are more brilliant. It’s always hard to improve on God’s earthly artwork.

  34. Apps are great for salvaging photos. 🙂

  35. Oh Laura you had to be first. I was toying with the picture of a cache that is my ‘picture of the week’ in Photoshop. I happened on something similar to your bridge experiment. But I could not decide weather to publish the one I like best or go with the normal photograph. You are far braver than I.

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