Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth

One Photo Focus – August

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Ahhh….my favorite challenge is upon us.  One Photo Focus is here!  Every month Stacy gives us a photo and we edit it to come up with our own take.  Below you’ll find my image as well as the original which was provided by Katie Prior, so thanks Katie for your very fun image!  And if you have time, check out Stacy’s blog to see everyone’s submissions.  I’m excited to see what everyone came up with.

I thought about making a sea monster come out of the water but in order to be different than last month, I chose to go with the look of a painting this time.

Basic Process:

1.  Normally I don’t use Adobe Camera Raw opting for Lightroom, but this time I opened the image directly into Photoshop so using Adobe Camera Raw I leveled off the image and flattened out the horizon.

2.  Opened in Photoshop and then tone-mapped the image in Nik HDR.

3.  Colorized the image in Topaz Restyle.

4.  Added some detail by using Topaz Glow Natural Neon as an overlay and at reduced opacity.

5.  Added a curve to add more drama to the shadows and highlights.

6.  Used Topaz Impression for painterly look.

7.  Used a high pass filter to add sharpening to some areas of the stone.

One Photo Focus - August

One Photo Focus – August


Original Image by Katie Prior

Original Image by Katie Prior

Thank you Stacy for coordinating this fun challenge!  πŸ™‚

Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

50 thoughts on “One Photo Focus – August

  1. Excellent transformation, Laura. I really like what you’ve done here.

  2. Very cool. Moody and dramatic!

  3. Excellent, Laura.

  4. Great editing. I love the colors on the stone jetty.

  5. Wow! What a difference, thanks for sharing all your steps.

  6. Laura, such a marvelous edit for this months challenge. I love the dramatic effects to added.

  7. Well done! Excellent…I will learn photoshop…someday.

  8. Wow, Remarkable edits, Laura! I hope to learn PS someday…

  9. That’s wonderful Laura isn’t amazing what can be done with PS? Photos can turn totally in another dimension, beautiful job done I love your transformation a lot you create depth and lighting adding a dramatic effect to the whole photo! πŸ™‚

  10. Well done Laura!! I must try this to augment my editing skills. No PS for me though. The GIMP will have to suffice.
    Now I have to pray for a rain day to do this.

  11. Interesting interpretation. I have been away for a while. I may start participating as it is interesting to see the different styles

  12. Nik HDR. is so much better than Photomatix.

  13. Im really going to have to get my hands on Impression, I see so much great work being done with it in my Awake group. Lovely moody image Laura πŸ™‚

  14. Stunning version, really looks beautiful.

  15. Beautiful and dramatic transformation, Laura. No wonder these couples walk there to admire the interplay between the skies and the seas πŸ™‚

  16. I like the mood you have created Laura and the detail in the stones. Very nice result!

  17. You are the Topaz guru, Laura (among your other awesome talents)! I had a difficult time making saturated colors work in my post-processing efforts; but yours really work well. I love the creamy tones you added to the sky and the stones. It reallly complements the lovely blues of the water. Just lovely!

  18. Like the effect of the high pass filter, Laura.

  19. Beautiful, Laura. You’ve perfected what I’ve been playing with for a while now in my processing- adding streaks of highlighting to add depth. So far I’ve only been doing it in b & w but this shows me how well it will work. Thank you. I love this processing and always look forward to your posts!

  20. Beautiful edit Laura, such rich, warm colours and so dramatic. Really nice effect.

  21. The added drama to the image has really brought a new perspective of the image. It is interesting that that there seems to be a softness in cobb itself which contrast with the whole feeling of tension in the rest of the image.

    • I’m so glad you like the drama. I was debating whether to make the entire image dramatic but then I thought to add another dimension or feel by standing on the hard rock looking out to what may be the tail end of the storm…something quieter waiting in the distance. Not sure if I succeeded and you are the only one to comment on this. Good eye Ben! But I’m not surprised. πŸ™‚

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