Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth

Encroachment – ABFriday


It’s ABFriday time!  This really is a fun challenge.  I created this post only a few days after Stacy sent out the email because I love it so much, so it’s been waiting in the queue all this time!  Thank you to those who have sent me such kind and understanding emails. I truly appreciate it!

We were all given an image to work on, so I’ve posted both my image and the original below it.

In general, this is how I did it:

First I removed the lamp post to the left using content aware.  Then I took a moon photo, upsized it and colorized it.   To show the moon in the image, I masked out the area in the sky and retained the branches from the tree on the left using the “Blend if” mode in Layer Style.   In order for the moon to fit perfectly in the sky before I masked it in, I removed the tops of the trees on the right and also the streetlight from the original image so that I wouldn’t have a mess around the trees near the building.  After masking the moon in, I used some tree branch brushes on a blank layer to put tops on the trees again.

Next I added a color balance layer to adjust the shadows, lights and midtones to enhance the mood here.  After that I ran it through Nik Analog to further enhance the mood and then used Adobe Extension Manager to add a texture via Adobe Paper Texture Pro.

Have I mentioned how much I love editing???????

Check out the entire ABFriday Challenge and also Stacy’s Post too!  Thank you to Manal Ali for contributing the original image!

My Version

My Version (see original image below by Manal Ali)

Original Image

Original Image


Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

87 thoughts on “Encroachment – ABFriday

  1. Wonderful!!! Great edit!!! 😀 ❤

    Herman 😉

  2. Well that was fun 🙂 I can tell you really enjoyed doing that. I look forward to more.

  3. Love it Laura! You know this is right up my street 🙂

  4. Great post processing here. Wonderful!

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  6. Such a transformation, Laura. It makes me want to try, yet again, to understand layering.

  7. love your transformation…not just the moon but how the building on the right glows with pink and purple, and the sale signs and windows in that store are all lit up!

  8. That’s just outstanding! I like it. I sure would like to do something like that for my Photography, but have no idea how. I just bought Lightroom 5 for editing. Have to get to know how to use it first. Best Wishes ~ Les

  9. Outstanding. This really got my attention. Thank you for explaining what you did.

  10. Nice work – glad to hear a bit from you and your efforts. Hope the break is helping you.

  11. A very interesting approach to the image. At first i wasn’t a fan of the moon but the more I look the more it grows on me. Really nice work and great transformation.

  12. Laura, I am a huge fan of your creativity! Never in a million years would I have thought about putting in such or moon, and even if I had, I would have no idea how to do it. Such a cool transformation, and I especially love the color balance with the sale window in the foreground! Thanks so much for playing 🙂

  13. Really cool image, very creative!

  14. Beautiful. I love it. Thank you for sharing it. m@x

  15. very creative Laura, thanks for sharing your process. I love these challenges, always learning something new from everyone.

  16. Its a great job and I love how the colour of the moon is reflected in the bright sales window. Where can I get some tree branch brushes, SO USEFUL!

  17. Love it Laura – inspired imagination and outcome 😀

  18. Fantastic work, looks great!!

  19. I love it, I absolutely love it. The image is such an inspiration.

  20. Very ominous! Definitely has a sci-fi feel to it.

  21. beautiful Laura- for some reason it has an oriental look to me!!

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  23. Beautiful editing Laura, and yes I know you love it!

  24. This would make a really good book cover. I’m tempted to write a story for it.

  25. Unbelievable. You surely do love editing. I do too and one day, when I grow up, I would like to be you. Such mood! And that otherworldly moon? I love it!

  26. Laura – that moon was just genius. It really deepened the mood of that photo wonderfully without distracting from the foreground detail. I appreciated your description of how you did it too – you make it sound so simple and I know it takes practice to achieve that. Thanks for sharing!


    • Hi Nancy. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments! I appreciate it very much. It’s nice to share a bit of how I do things, and I hope it helps people even if it’s just a little bit.

  27. Have I told you recently how much I love your work? Well, consider yourself told. You are amazing. 🙂

    • You are so sweet to say that. Thank you so much. 🙂 I doubt myself a lot and sometimes it drives me batty!

      • You just take those doubts and send them for a long walk off the shortest pier you can find. You are an incredible photographer, your editing skills are second to none, and you talk to me which means you have excellent taste in people. Well alright, but two out of three ain’t bad, just ask Meatloaf. 😉

  28. Love the edit you have done here – great use of the content aware tool I will have to try that myself. Thanks 🙂

    • Thank you Manal. 🙂 I love that tool! Just make sure you change the pixel feathering up at the top of your toolbar to about 3 px. It works best that way. Then use a clone stamp to spiff it up.

  29. Wonderful edit, you know how I like crazy imagination. 🙂 I am well aware of your editing skills, so that doesn’t come as a surprise. But still…wow. I am so happy you are using voice activation, I was hesitant to comment on your recent posts, so you wouldn’t have to reply.

  30. AH!!! You are sooooooo talented!! I love it, Laura 🙂 Have a super weekend ❤

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