Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth

My own before and after…..


I know some of you like to see what my original photos look like vs. the processed ones, so I thought I’d share an iPhone photo I took at Sutro Baths the other day with my camera club in its original form as well as the edited version.  Normally I edit iPhone photos on my Phone via various apps, but this time I thought it’d be fun to bring it into Photoshop to see what I could do with it. I’m showing the edited shot first.

I was so thrilled that I caught a couple in love standing on the rock in the foreground with the Golden Gate Bridge in the upper right making a cameo appearance.   Don’t you wonder what the couple was saying to one other???

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Sutro Baths

Sutro Baths






Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

70 thoughts on “My own before and after…..

  1. How wonderful to be able to improve on God’s landscape.

  2. Nice job. As is, the original is pretty good too.

  3. Wow Laura! Fantastic ❤️❤️

  4. “That lady with the camera thinks we don’t see her! ” 😀

  5. this is so beautiful Laura! color and smooth silkiness, just delightful. you have Iphone 6? and wow, how you enhanced the water, that is fabulous 🙂 when you process/edit do you keep the photo – in your phone; or do you export it to desktop? silly, but I am curious…

  6. Beautiful composition Laura and really like the way you’ve processed it.

  7. Love seeing before,and after. You are an artist. Love it.

  8. I think the scene you captured is so unique, it does not need any further editing. But… brilliant job. It could be the cover of a love story book. Stunning capture and a fantastic post, Laura.

  9. I love both versions. It is a stunning capture. Not every day you get a couple walking right into your shots. The edited one has a bit more dreamy feel about it, though – that love can feel like a dream sometimes. Whereas the original there is a bit more edge to it – love conquers all. Brilliant all round, but you knew that already 😉

    • You have nailed it….dreamy and more of an edge. I was so excited to see the couple. My camera was all packed up with the tripod attached and I didn’t feel like I would’ve had time to get it out before the sun went down so I figured an iPhone shot would do. Sometimes it works out. Thanks for your comment mabel!

      • That is brilliant, Laura. You certainly know how to dig up your camera when you need it. You could have taken out the tripod after they left and do a long exposure, and then blend the shots together. A thought for another day 😀

  10. Very creative effort, Laura. I love the painterly effect. Nicely done.

  11. So beautifully done, Laura! I’ll never get tired of look at this photo.
    I love how you use the graduated filter and the changing colors of the sky, mountains, and sea. So very beautiful!

  12. My question is, how did they get there… Talk about water rescue… Yikes

  13. Nice editing. The original is wonderful too!

  14. What the couple was saying: “What’s taking Laura so long to take the shot?” 🙂

  15. Both photos came out amazing. The edited one looks like its a still from a Dreamworks film. The original looks like it should be in a magazine or something. Great work.

  16. I love iPhones! Great image .. Fun editing

  17. Great to see both versions, Laura, the painterly and the snapshot. Such a full scene, and so lovely.

  18. Such a lovely moody painting 🙂 wonder what you used to create this painting

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