Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


Mt. Diablo Summit

The other day we took a drive to the summit of Mt. Diablo.  You can drive up both sides of the mountain (depending on what entrance you choose) to the summit which is at 3,864 feet.  On a clear day you can see the California sierras which are approximately 180 miles east (complete with snow) and the Farallon Islands to the west which lie approximately 30 miles outside of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

It was a beautiful day and I fully expected to be taking pics of the beautiful green hills and rare wildflowers that have been popping up due to a burn that happened in September 2013.  Alas, one needs to really take a guided tour to find these special wildflowers and since we did this spur of the moment, we didn’t have the opportunity to find these special flowers.  It didn’t stop us from enjoying the beautiful scenery though!

Of all my shots of the scenery, this one was my favorite.  Go figure.  This shot was taken at the Summit.  I really don’t know what this door leads to but I can only assume it’s for workers at Mt. Diablo since there were no signs for park visitors.  I loved that it sat there all by itself, a mystery as to what it leads to.  It was three bracketed photos processed in Photomatix Pro 5 and Photoshop CC.

Thank you to my friend Wisti for suggesting I go up there in search of wild flowers.  I will go back for sure and I do have a few other pics I’ll post later.



Before & After

I’m noticing that some of my older pictures aren’t looking like I thought they did when I processed them.  As I grow as a photographer and a post processor, I notice things about my old pictures that I don’t care for.  I really knew very little about how to handle images back then.  Not that I’m an expert now, but I do understand some basics that I didn’t know about before.

Below is a picture of Mosquito Lake in California originally taken in July 2011.   The top image shows the original processing, and the one below I reprocessed just a few minutes ago.  (Note:  I reprocessed from a jpeg as I did not have the original raw image to work from.)   The reprocessing consisted of correcting color cast through a channel mask, enhancing details, lightening shadows and adding a Graduated Neutral Density filter.  Soon I’ll be back out taking more pics…in the meantime…..