Laura Macky Photography

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One Photo Focus – June


It’s that time again….One Photo Focus is here!  Thanks to Stacy for providing us a fun image!  Please check out her blog when you have a chance.  You’ll find some beautiful photos there!

Basic Process:

There are a lot of Victorian houses in the Bay Area, and I’m not sure why but I always think of something foreboding or scary when I think of them.  That’s what I thought of when I looked at this image so I went with it.

1.  If you look at the original, you’ll see the right-hand side of the house tilted in, so I fixed that by adjusting the vertical perspective.  When you do that, it usually means that the bottom of the photo gets smaller than the canvas so instead of cloning to fill in that blank area, which takes more time, I used the transform tool and just expanded the image to fill up the space.

2.  Next I fixed the contrast and parts of the image I’d like darker or lighter.  This was five layers isolating different things like the post, the fence, the upper right-hand part of the house plus a couple windows.

3.  For the look and feel, I then applied a Nik Analog filter to give me the basic colorization and texture with a bit of grain, dirt and dust.  Nothing like a bit of dirt and dust to make an image!  Reminds me of my regular photos when I haven’t cleaned my sensor.  🙂

4.  Instead of modifying the sky, I deleted it and created my own on a blank layer.  I used the eyedropper to sample the light and darks of the image after the Analog filter application and then used a couple of handy dandy brushes, namely lightening bolt and cloud brushes which I had already in my arsenal.

5.  Lastly, I added a vignette in Nik Color Efex.

Thank you one again Stacy for coordinating this challenge and for your image this month.  I always look forward to this fun challenge.  Please check out the entire ABFriday Challenge and also Stacy’s Post too!

Laura Macky 'One Photo Focus' Edit

Laura Macky ‘One Photo Focus’ Edit

Stacy Fischer's Original

Stacy Fischer’s Original

Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

50 thoughts on “One Photo Focus – June

  1. The edited version is stunning

  2. Wonderful editing. I love the effect.

  3. I adore spooky Victorian houses!! Wonderful!

  4. Wow Laura .. great edit, you have created a very spooky house!

  5. Hahahahaha so funny Laura. It is so similar to mine. I think the house just screams out for it. Lol. I really like your lightning. I love the whole pic

  6. Such a drastic and well-suited transformation! Love it Laura!

  7. the first one is so spooky. love it.

  8. Great transformation, very well done.

  9. The lightening bolt and dark coloring really made it a haunted house. Love it.

  10. Very spooky. Nicely done!

  11. I get quite a gothic vibe from your edit. Dark and foreboding. Very nice editing.

  12. I agree with Ben. Very gothic! I love the lightning.

  13. Great great job Laura ! Love it !
    It’s more better that mine !
    Ciao ciao !

  14. I love this edit Laura. It’s dark and moody but still keeps the crisp details of the house.

  15. I love the lightening… so foreboding! I didn’t even notice the slight lean of the house until you mentioned it and now it seems obvious. I think I was concentrating so much on removing the dirt piles that I didn’t notice the lean. This is a great edit, well done. 😀

  16. Very Addams Family, love the lightning effect, so dark and spooky !

  17. Haunting, efective and so skillfully done. Great editing Laura

  18. Great processing, Laura. Sort of a cross between Hitchcock and The Addams Family emotionally. One of my favorites this month.

    • Thank you Emilio. I did think the Addams Family when I was doing it. And I can totally see Hitchcock too especially since we are looking up at it. I used to love the angles Hitchcock used to convey fear.

  19. Okay, so first the leaning issue: I think I used LR’s perspective tool, but it obviously didn’t clean it up the whole way. Very cool to learn how you used the transform tool! I’ll have to remember that trick for the future. Second, Analog Efex – I know you really are a pro at using this filter program. Funny, while I have it, I really have never delved into it. Don’t know why. Color Efex and Silver Efex are my mainstays. I really do need to get out of my rut! Third, the lightning brush!!! So.very.awesome!

    Most definitely reminiscent of “Psycho” (cue horrible, scary music). Just love what you’ve done, Laura!

    • Thank you so much Stacy. Yes, that perspective tool comes in handy and trust me, if there is a lazy way to do something I will find it! Hence, the transform tool. I have a bunch of fun brushes that I don’t get to use too often and I just *had* to use that lightening bolt. One tip on analog…the presets are nice and give you a good starting point and even adjusting each present is fun too but using the camera kit in analog allows you to build your own once you’re used to how all the settings work. I love that filter!

      Thanks for the scary music…I’m going to stay clear of shower curtains.

  20. Impressive editing!!! All I can say it wow! And somehow through this post, I realized I wasn’t following you. I swear I was before, so thank you AB Friday’s for helping correct the error of my ways, lol. Now, I am going to go hide under my covers because this scene has things looking a bit creepy now.

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