Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


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Magnolia Tree

Sometimes when I don’t go anywhere special to take photos, I just focus on what’s around me. ¬†No pun intended. ūüėČ ¬†I love these magnolia trees near our house. ¬†They are just so beautiful all times of the year. ¬†I’ve been hearing rustling in there too as of late. ¬†I think there are some squirrels that are busy preparing for winter!

For this one I only added a few Lightroom touches.

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Magnolia


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One Photo Focus – August 2016

For those of you who don’t know this challenge, it consists of everyone editing the same photo taken by one person. ¬†Below you’ll find my image as well as the original image provided by¬†Robin Kent. ¬†Thanks much Robin for the beautiful, original image! ¬† Please check out¬†Stacy’s blog¬†when you have time to see everyone’s submissions. ¬†It’s always fun to see everyone’s edits!

Basic Process:

  • Used Lightroom to make basic adjustments¬†for clarity.
  • Imported to Photoshop and cropped to 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • Used patch tool to remove the modern white building and filled it with sky.
  • Cleaned up the patch by using the healing brush.
  • Added a texture layer and set blend mode to Lighter Color, reduced opacity to 74% and fill to 89% and added a mask where I took a black brush and hid parts of the texture at varying opacities to reveal more of the water glow, the wheel and parts of the building so that the texture didn’t completely obscure details. ¬†I picked a texture that would give me a glow near the wheel in the clouds and the water so that our eye is drawn there.
  • Added¬†another texture layer and set the blend mode to Color Burn, reduced opacity to 50% and fill to 50%. ¬†This layer was like laying a tissue completely over the entire image unlike the previous one where I only applied it to portions of the image.
  • Used Color Efex Pro, Pro Contrast filter.
  • Voila!
One Photo Focus, August 2016 - Edited by Laura Macky

One Photo Focus, August 2016 – Edited by Laura Macky

 

Original by Robin Kent

Original by Robin Kent

 


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Entertainment Courtesy of the White Tailed Kites

** To see the photos with less blur, please click on the first one and then advance with arrow.  Just looking at the gallery all at once here shows them blurrier than they are **

Every morning and evening white tailed kites¬†fly around our deck screeching. ¬†The pair of kites had babies recently and the babies are huge. We think there are three babies¬†and think they’re still learning how to master flying as sometimes they look kind of shaky in the air. ¬†Every day they’re improving though and I often wonder how long they’ll be around once they are able to hunt for themselves. ¬†The babies are¬†the ones with a¬†rust-colored chest. ¬†The ones without the rust-colored chest are the adults.

Check out the acrobatic shots…such as they are. ¬†It wasn’t that easy to get sharp shots especially since my 300mm lens isn’t the fastest. ¬†All images are aggressively cropped and shot at ISO 640. ¬† I have a lot to learn about shooting birds but it’s fun trying. ¬†Please pardon the blur. ¬† (The second to the last shot shows some finches and a hummingbird.)