Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth

Shaking It Up


My eyes are twirling around in my head looking at all these colors on the screen lately, so time to take a color break and post a black and white!

Still touring around Land’s End in San Francisco, I couldn’t help but be attracted to the shadows, light and lines of this scene.  I liked it in color but there is something much more compelling about it in black and white.

When composing this image in camera, I applied the Golden Spiral rule placing the origin of light in the upper right hand corner.  Honestly, sometimes I can’t really explain why I use one rule over another except that it just looks better.  I’ve also learned not to get too tight into the shot otherwise I have no room to crop just in case.   If you’d like to read about basic crop rules, please click here.  To me, the crop or composition is the most important thing about the image so I always try to compose in camera and spiff it up by cropping if necessary in Lightroom or Photoshop.

I’ve also included a (attempted creative) shot of my good friend Dan Shehan hehehehe.  Hiya Dan!  (Wonders if he will see this lol.)

In the Distance

In the Distance

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Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

35 thoughts on “Shaking It Up

  1. wonderful, stunning and inspiring!!!

  2. I especially like the first one. Excellent art.

  3. The second one is absolutely amazing! Great job.

  4. STUNNING shot!!! I LOVE the composition and the light source is perfect, Laura!!! Your processing skills amaze me! I’ve signed up to start attending classes to learn more about LR! YAY! And I think it is adorable how you caught your buddy Dan. LOL ❤ (I need one of those lens caps for one of my lenses. Hmmmm …. shopping in my near future? LOL ❤

    • Aw thanks Amy! I’m so glad you like it! The second one was done in LR only. 🙂 I’m working on curriculum to put together online Photoshop and LR classes. I’m going to start a business in this area. I think I can do it! I think the morning fog has prevented me from understanding your last sentence about the lens caps. Duh I’m slow this morning. What did you mean?

  5. Amazing captures of shadows and lights!

  6. Wicked light on that first one! 😀

  7. I know exactly where those were taken, Land’s End was forgotten by most people of The City and now it has regained in popularity….

  8. Rules are there to start with – then move on or ignore as necessary. I too do most of my cropping in-camera, most of my posts are full frame images.

  9. I love your perspective in the first image and choosing to use B & W really makes it engaging.

  10. Black and white – wonderful. LOve it.

  11. you already know how much I love this.

  12. I really love the first one. The Golden Spiral rule works well! It makes it look almost ominous, but not quite and almost divine, but not quite!

  13. Gorgeous light beautifully captured Laura! And a cool shot of Dan! 🙂

  14. Love love the pic of Dan Laura … terrific! 😀

  15. once again you prove that the secret is in the lighting! without the distraction of colour, the fundamentals shine through

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