Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


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





Perspective on Nature

I cannot help myself….the coast attracts me like no other place.  Perhaps because it’s accessible to me or perhaps it’s because I was a seaman (or seawoman) in a past life!  All I know is that I love it.   🙂

This was taken at Drake’s Beach which is part of the Point Reyes National Seashore.  What an amazing area with so much wildlife and beauty to behold that I can never tire of it.

There is something about our rocky coast that makes me aware of how small we human beings really are and I love how it magnifies the incredible majesty of Mother Nature.

By the Sea - Pt. Reyes National Seashore

By the Sea – Pt. Reyes National Seashore

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Baker Beach, Golden Gate Bridge

Originally I wasn’t going to post this image but when I posted it on my Facebook, people seemed to like it.  So here it is…….drumroll………   I took this the same day as the long exposures.  Funny, I’ve lived in the Bay Area all my life, including San Francisco, and I never tire of the beauty here.

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