Laura Macky Photography

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Georgia Truck Stop – ABFriday


I couldn’t resist participating in Stacy Fischer’s ABFriday.  We were given an image and asked to process it, so this is what I came up with.  The original image we were given is at the bottom.  My goal was to make it completely different from the original image.   I think those of you who follow me know I LOVE to be different!  A fun time was had by me going crazy in Photoshop.

How I Did It:

Generally, I adjusted the exposures and contrast of the original image, reduced the noise, ran it through Nik SEP2 to create a sepia look and then ran it through Topaz Impression using the George O’Keefe filter with some adjustments.

Hmm..ok…I got the basic look but something is missing.  (There is ALWAYS something missing lol.)   The sepia only look just didn’t “zing” enough for me.  Ah ha!  Nik CEP4 was in order and there I added the Film Nostalgic filter (Film 2 to be specific) and adjusted things there.  For the finishing touches, I added the black thin frame, a vignette, and voila!  Well sort of voila…there was some masking here and there but it’s was really boring after typing it out so I deleted that part.

Perhaps I did too much, but it was fun!  Check out the entire ABFriday Challenge and also Stacy’s Post too!


Created From Original by Emilio Pasquale (see image below)


Original Image


Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

98 thoughts on “Georgia Truck Stop – ABFriday

  1. Pingback: ABFriday Week 31: One Photo Focus | Visual Venturing

  2. Looks great, like how you did it.

  3. Beautiful artwork! What fun it must be to have this skill.

  4. I like that you made it look like a painting 🙂 You are skilled, as Beth says 🙂

  5. I love this! It made me think of the old TV program The Waltons:)

  6. I like what you did… I must try this

  7. Love that look. I had to go check out Google NIK. May have to invest.

  8. Wonderful post processing job. 🙂

  9. Excellent interpretation!

  10. I’m interested in all the results from this challenge – as I told Robyn, I’m not sure if I would put one of my own images up for others to work on – I usually have a very specific thing in mind when I’m shooting. However, I do wonder what I might do with this one. I like all the work you did on this one.

  11. great work Laura, I love the final image. I also use Nik Software occasionally and love the results!

  12. Hi, Laura. Looks like you and I had similar thoughts as you indicated in your comments on mine. I like your variation with the sepia and the vintage photo look. Should be interesting to see if we end up in a similar place on the next one.

  13. Great image Laura! I really liked the texture of the old rusty trucks, so never would of thought about smoothing the surfaces (also wouldn’t know how!) but how you have done it looks brilliant. They look a bit like the old cars in a 1950s comic, I mean that in a good way! 🙂

  14. Bravo, good synchronization between all !! the result is excellent !! topas good refernce and I my very interested !! Thank you,

  15. Original and very creative! Loved it.

  16. LM>>>eye catching effect.Nice work…en theos…jim

  17. Interesting processing. Very antique

  18. I’m enjoying looking at all the different interpretations. Love this.

  19. Wow! A huge improvement.

  20. I love what you did! And Norman Rockwell is grinning ear to ear. Such cool art!

  21. Crazy is good fun Laura – stop when you’re happy I say 🙂
    Love your edition of Emilio’s image… there’s a friendly warmth about your version. Perhaps it’s the old time feel.
    Anyway I LIKE it 😀

  22. Hey Laura (love your header image BTW) thanks for taking us thru the steps of your process, I love the combination of the sepia and the oil paint effect – Im a sucker for the oilpaint any day but the huge range of creative variations on this challenge has been really interesting to see 🙂

    I particularly like how the grass under the main truck now looks like it is tongues of fire reaching up from the ground!

    • Thank you about the header image! I’m glad you liked the steps I wrote. I was thinking of removing those tongues but I thought the same thing so I left them there. Thanks for your comments!

      • Its a lovely image, im a sucker for a great sunset and thats a lovely one 🙂

        Im glad you left the tongues in, they made the image for me:)

  23. I really need to explore my topaz filters more as I just use the basic filters and have not experimented with their artistic filters. Really like the way you have edited this picture with the sepia and the painted effect.

  24. Oh my, Bridges of Madison County! 🙂

  25. Now I understand editing is a craft that one has to master!

  26. I really like what you’ve done with this, Laura. It’s given the image a completely different energy!

  27. I love everything you did. The paint effect on the trucks is subtle enough not to bother me. I love it on the ground and on the vegetation. And I love the sepia and the nostalgic filter.

  28. This one was fun. fun. fun. Love what you did. Great imagination.

  29. I love the sepia look on it. I also used Topaz Impression on mine. I don’t have a Georgia O’Keefe filter – I wonder if I missed an update somewhere. I need to check that.

    I like the detail and cropping though – very nice.


  30. Laura, I LOVE how different your image is from Emilio’s original 🙂 I love Nik Efex – they’re my go-to filters. I’m wondering, though, where the sepia filters are that you used? Are they in Color Efex, ‘cuz I can’t find them … Thanks so much for participating. I do agree with you that it’s so much fun to work on someone else’s image – it seems to give a much broader creative license than I would otherwise use on my own images 🙂

    • Hiya Stacy 🙂 Thank you so much for the compliment! That was my goal….to take it in a complete different direction. I love Nik too…I’m a plug-in junkie. The sepia filter is in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. I ran it through there to get the sepia look here. Let me know if you can’t find it. It’s near the end of the preset list.

  31. Gorgeous, the trucks are on fire! I like to convert images into “paintings”, I feel more free to tinker about many other things, adding a texture or a frame. You did that so wonderfully here.

  32. I like it. Very cool. 🙂

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