Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


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Holy Cow! (2 edits)

Right at the Tomales Point Trailhead, in the Tule Elk Preserve, is Pierce Ranch which was a working dairy ranch established in 1858 and one of the oldest ranches on the Point Reyes Peninsula.   Unfortunately, after our hike I was too exhausted to spend time photographing the ranch and it’s old structures, but I did manage to capture a shot of the barn from the side and thought I’d present two different edits on the image just for fun.

The farm ceased operations in 1973 and three years later, Congress authorized creation of the wilderness area incorporating that ranch as habitat for the reintroduction of tule elk. Beginning in 1980, NPS invested in the rehabilitation of the ranch core, citing it as the best example of a nineteenth century west Marin dairy ranch. Pierce Ranch was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, and was subsequently opened to the public as an interpretive site.

Hope you enjoy them!

Pierce Ranch @ Tomales Point, Tule Elk Preserve, Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Pierce Ranch @ Tomales Point, Tule Elk Preserve, Pt. Reyes National Seashore

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Pierce Ranch @ Tomales Point, Tule Elk Preserve, Pt. Reyes National Seashore


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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