Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth

Surf’s Up!


Once again I think I saved a photo from its death.  I had a few left from Rodeo Beach a few weeks ago when the surf was high, so I thought I’d create a painting-like image out of it.    My favorite filter is topaz impression.  I think I was more heavy handed with it on this image than I have been in the past but I kind of like the effect.  I’ve included the before at the bottom just so you can see the difference.  Gotta run…have a great day everyone!

Surf's Up!

Surf’s Up!



Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

43 thoughts on “Surf’s Up!

  1. Absolutely stunning. 😀

  2. WOW!! ❤️👍🏻😍

  3. I think you saved it, too. Nicely done!

  4. Looks like a gorgeous painting!

  5. Some times you got to go for it…

  6. It turned out wonderful Laura. I’ve done this a few times lately too. The image is an “OK” photo, but when you apply painterly effects it gets transformed. I hate discarding photos because I know I saw ‘something’ when I composed it, but that ‘something’ does not always translate as expected. I’m really enjoying your photos and thoughts.

    • I could e written those words about seeing “something”. It’s so true! Although there are the ones I say to myself “what was I thinking” lol. Thanks so much for your comment and I’m so glad you enjoy my blog. :)). Have a good rest of the day!

  7. Very impressive difference. Nicely done!

  8. Laura this is gorgeous-the energy and light make for a captivating image-I love Topaz products-

  9. You did a great job with the retouch. I don’t think working the original would do it justice as this has done. I must find a photo to try doing this.

  10. Beautiful!! I have a very vivid imagination, so when I looked at it, the rocks looked like a walrus basking in the light. It’s fascinating!!

  11. I love your artist rendering, Laura! Impression is one of my favorites too, very creative, and you have used it here with great skill 🙂

  12. Topaz does have some amazing products. Way too many, if you ask me. I always have a problem deciding what to use, when to stop. This is a great transformation but did you paint the golden highlights in separately? Or were they part of the preset?

    • Hi Emilio. Some of the golden highlights were from the preset but some I painted on. I added a gradient to the sky in an orangey-yellow and then I painted with a softlight brush here and there on the waves.

  13. You are kicking arse with these images, Laura. Well done.

  14. Those waves are beautiful.
    Great photo.

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