Laura Macky Photography

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One Photo Focus – July 2016


It’s One Photo Focus time!  I rather enjoy this challenge of taking someone’s photo and editing it into our own creation.  Thank you Bren Ryan for providing this week’s original photo.  It was a good one!  I’d love it if you checked out Bren’s work when you have time too.   And as always, thank you Stacy for coordinating this challenge especially when we all know how busy you’ve been!  Please check out the entire the entire challenge with everyone’s edits on Stacy’s blog by clicking here.

I’m back to my painterly ways for this one.  🙂   The result consists of three parts:  Castle, Wisteria and Sky.  Since Bren lives in England I tried to go with the image by putting some english flowers in the foreground to create some depth.  You’ll laugh but I googled “english flowers” because I wasn’t sure what to put there.  I found an archway of wisteria in a free image so I went with that; and I have no idea if that’s a typical English flower but let’s pretend it is lol.

The Process:

1.  Imported my sky image, free wisteria image and Bren’s original into Lightroom and adjusted each image for highlights, shadows, etc.  Also adjusted verticals of the castle.

2.  Opened all three as layers in one Photoshop document.

3.  Masked all three so that they all appeared together then combined everything onto a new layer.  This is the part that took the most time.

4.  Since the path and stone to the left of the path were grey on the wisteria image, I used the color picker to select the castle burnt red color and applied that as an overlay blend mode at reduced opacity to the path and stone to the left of the path so that they matched the castle.

5.  Used Topaz Impression (argh I can’t remember which preset and I forgot to label it).  I adjusted this preset to reduce contrast, paint overlay and saturation for the yellow, red and green colors.

6.  Reduced vibrance of the green foliage via PS vibrance layer mask.

7.  For a touch of a faded look, I used Nik Analog Efex Camera 6 where I made some adjustments to this preset and created a new layer in PS.  I then masked out certain areas to create better dynamics.

8.  Used a wet media brush to soften edges here and there.

Hope you enjoy it!

English Impression - Edited by Laura Macky

English Impression – Edited by Laura Macky


July 2016 One Photo Focus

Original by Bren Ryan

Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

52 thoughts on “One Photo Focus – July 2016

  1. I think it’s stunning! LOVE IT.

  2. Unbelievable, Laura!! Your creativity never ceases to amaze! I might be able to think of something like this but really wouldn’t be able to pull it off. I absolutely need to up my game – which by necessity means upping my skill level with Photoshop. On my list once my life returns to normal 😜 Thanks, as always, for contributing!

    • Thanks so much Stacy and it’s my pleasure to participate. I have more fun with this challenge! Hope you get back to normal soon! If I recall around two weeks!

  3. Great addition of the wisteria. I have no idea how you think of adding things. Marvelous..

  4. Love it Laura… English flowers love it xx

  5. This is an amazing transformation, Laura! Love it so much!

  6. That’s amazing – great job!

  7. Laura!
    The first thing I thought when I saw your photo was Monet Monet Monet!
    And I enjoyed hearing how you explored for your wisteria – and feels English enough to me- but also quite “impressionistic” and so I think your pAinterly ways found a flow – and the sky and tunnel entrance adds warmth and more charm to this old structure / I enjoyed this process very much- and I guess we always get more from what folks do when we work on the photo as well – peace!

  8. Love what you did to it. Great idea well done.

  9. Holy, wow… have the gift….incredible.

  10. Oh Laura this is beautiful, like a Claude Monet painting. I like the feel of the image with the addition of the wisteria.

  11. Laura, I love what you did to the original picture. Flowers make everything better. 🙂
    Blessings on your long weekend ~ Wendy

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  13. Great treatment. I love your sky.

  14. Fantastic work, nicely done lass!

  15. Quite the transformation, Laura. From uninviting to cozy! 🙂

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