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








I loved how the light came through these pine trees and wondered how I could present this shot of a sand trap and trees more uniquely.  But of course….Topaz Impression!  You can take an average shot and make something very cool out of it.  I really should get a sponsorship from Topaz as much as I toot their horn lol.




Topaz Impression Update

Okay soo….all of a sudden the new Topaz Impression 2 runs on my computer.  I’m not sure what changed but it’s a relief that it’s working.  Yay!  I don’t think I’m going to have much more life in this 4-year old computer though.  The plug-ins and new photoshop rely more and more on graphics and my laptop integrates graphics processes on the CPU.   It may be time to upgrade in the near future to one that has a dedicated graphics card.

Anyway…for today I’m posting an image I created using the new Impression.  I really adore that they have masking in there now.  Yay!   I hardly ever apply a filter to the entire image so it’s nice that we can mask right there AND they’ve included a lot more blending modes plus a few new presets.  The other cool thing is that it does “real time” painting.  So when you brush over an area in a mask for instance, you see it as you paint.  It’s very neat!

I hope you all have a fantastic Sunday!  We are having beautiful weather here the day before our July 4th holiday.  I need to take some pics of flags tomorrow and I hope to take some fireworks.  I’m glad I’m in the east bay because we’ll be able to see our fireworks in the sky.  San Francisco will be fogged in once again on the 4th.  😦

Coastal in California - Muir Beach

Coastal in California – Muir Beach