Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth

One Photo Focus Anniversary! – January 2016


Can you believe it?  It’s been a year for this very fun challenge.  I’ve got to start off by thanking Stacy for coordinating this challenge every month.  It’s not easy to do when receiving images and links from everyone and I really appreciate all her hard work, so please check out her blog and the entire challenge here.

This challenge is about everyone editing the same image and today I’m honored that it’s my image everyone will be editing.  I’m surprised how well the original jpeg did with all the editing.  Normally I take RAW photos but when my camera came back from repair I didn’t realize they had reset my settings so I ended up with a jpeg for this challenge.

This abandoned boat is in Tomales Bay on the north side of the SF Bay Area near Pt. Reyes.  I’ve taken this boat before when I first started getting into photography, so I thought I’d take it again and make it part of this challenge.  You can find the before and after below.

Here’s the general process:

  • Cropped and adjusted clarity, whites, blacks, etc. in LR and then opened in PS.
  • Found royalty-free moon and starry sky images on web and uploaded into PS and masked out the image to include the sky and moon.
  • Adjusted the moon layer with a layer style color overlay and added a glow.
  • Put a moon reflection in the water.
  • Added a gradient for the red horizon glow
  • Added a color overlay layer for entire image.
  • Used a color balance layer to tweak the overall highlights, shadows and midtones.
  • Isolated the grass with color selection and added vibrance and color.
  • Added a color lookup layer for a nighttime effect and used a mask to adjust opacity in various areas of the image.
  • Added 3 layers consisting of clouds on a transparency background and used a layer style to add a color overlay and blend mode.
  • Added some ND gradients around the edges.


January One Photo Focus

January One Photo Focus

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January One Photo Focus

Original by Laura Macky

Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

53 thoughts on “One Photo Focus Anniversary! – January 2016

  1. Hope you had a wonderful end to 2015 🙂

  2. Great edit. It creates such a different feel to the image. I like the warm tones too. Happy New Year!

  3. Very nice Laura. Thanks for sharing the steps. Happy New Year!

  4. It’s a great edit and end result. Once again, you’ve encouraged all of us to up our game!


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  6. I love this boat!!! I take photos of it every time I go to Tomales Bay; it has a sense of mystery, and I would love to know its history. Who used it? Why was it abandoned? Why are we lucky enough that it has not been trashed? I don’t know how to do photo editing at all. You have taken one my all time favorite places and turned it into a work of art. Beautiful. Thanks.

    • Thank you Carol! This boat has not much history. I’ve googled and googled. I posted this boat when I first started getting into photography more seriously a few years ago. I tried finding info on it but there is not much to be had. It definitely has mystery about it!

  7. Oh Laura, I absolutely adore how you edited your photo. It was a fun photo to play with. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. You have given me ideas on how to branch out on editing.

    • Thank you so much Cee. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed working on it. I love changing things dramatically…can you tell?? lol Have a wonderful new year and I look forward to seeing more of your work!

  8. A nice, otherworldly reimagining.
    Happy New Year! May it be a good one.

  9. Love the edits, it makes the image much more interesting and much more appealing to my eye.

  10. Fantastic editing! Gorgeous image! 🙂

  11. I saw you on Reinhold Staden’s site 🙂

  12. i’m going to have to mentally process what I’ve seen this week before I really comment but I want to say your original image was perfect until I saw what you did with it. No words, just wow!

  13. Both versions are great. I love the colours and atmosphere you have created in your edited version. Thanks for the original image – I’ve enjoyed working with it. Marie

  14. Very cool. Love seeing how one turned into the other. Happy New Year Laura!

  15. Nice edit, very original, you always manage to bring something extra to the OPF forum! Of course it was a gorgeous picture to begin with! 🙂

  16. Love it with the moon. Really fun.

  17. Very artistic interpretation with great results. I like the change of mood and the warm glow.

  18. Wow, what a great start to the new year. Hope it’s a good one.

  19. Nice edit. I was planning to participate and even had some ideas, but forgot about the whole thing.

  20. Fantastic shots Laura, really a beautiful way to bring in the New Year ~ a great post and best to you with your writing and photography in the New Year. Cheers to a great 2016.

  21. Beautiful use of color! So different from images I’ve seen before. 🙂

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