Laura Macky Photography

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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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One Photo Focus – May 2016 (original + my edit)

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 Julie Powell.  Thanks to Julie in more ways than one.  Not only did she provide this month’s image but I’m using her techniques for distortion she shared with us a few weeks ago plus an additional three of my own effects at the bottom of the list below.

Please check out Stacy’s blog when you have time to see everyone’s submissions.  It’s always fun to see everyone’s edits!

One Photo Focus - May

One Photo Focus May – Edit by Laura Macky

Original by Julie Powell

Original by Julie Powell

Process:

  • Opened image in Photoshop and applied a different color palette via Topaz Restyle
  • On the same layer select  Filter > Pixelate > Mezzotint, mode to “Medium Lines” then click ok
  • On same layer select Filter > Blur > Radial Blur with amount 100, Blur Method zoom, Quality best, then click ok
  • Repeated the radial blur 4 times
  • Create duplicate layer
  • On original layer, and select > Filter > Distort > Twirl > 200
  • On duplicate layer select > Filter > Distort > Twirl > -100 and change Blending Mode to Luminosity
  • Applied Gradient Map to the top layer for more color (naturally lol), reduced opacity & fill, and blending Mode to Multiply
  • Applied Emboss Layer to give the image depth
  • Applied blurring to edges and kept detail around the heart shape.

Well that was fun!

 


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One Photo Focus – April 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 Cee Neuner.  Thanks much to Cee for the original image.  I really loved working on it!  Please do 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 to balance out light and shadows
  • Removed Power pole and lines using healing brush in photoshop
  • Added curve to sky
  • Added a tree using a tree brush in the background to cover up vacancy left by the bottom of the pole
  • Added a tractor
  • Used Macphun Filter calm day at a reduced opacity to get the general tone
  • Used Topaz Glow for detail in some areas like the flowers around the barn, the grass and the wood
  • Used Topaz Impression very lightly to make it look more painterly
  • Added a little bit of light in the sky right above the tractor
  • Adjusted colors using layers in Photoshop

Edit by Lauramacky

Edit by Lauramacky


Original by Cee Nuener

Original by Cee Neuner