Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


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One Photo Focus – March 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 Nancy Merrill.  Thanks much to Nancy for this image!  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!

Lately I’ve seen a lot of photos superimposed on car sideview mirrors, so I thought I’d go with it.  I happened to have a photo taken on my iPhone while sitting in my car, but with cherry trees in the mirror, so I superimposed Nancy’s photo into the mirror.

Basic Process (it’s so simple it’s embarrassing):

  • Opened my iPhone photo in Photoshop.
  • Masked out the image in the mirror where the cherry trees were.
  • Added a layer underneath containing Nancy’s image.
  • Added some colorization on the entire thing via Nik Color Efex.
  • Voila!

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One Photo Focus - March

Original by Nancy Merrill


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One Photo Focus – December

I can’t believe it’s almost the year anniversary for the One Photo Focus challenge.  My how time flies when you’re having fun, eh?   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.   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!

It seems everyone is doing textures these days.  While it’s not something I usually do in this way, I thought I’d give it a whirl; and since I’m enjoying our cool fall weather, I went for an autumn look.  I have to say that this was the hardest image for me to edit all year (thanks for that Julie! lol), but I truly appreciate the challenge because it pushes me to try and learn new things!

Basic Process:

  • Purchased some textures for my library.
  • Opened the flower image in Photoshop and added two different textures as layers above the flower.  One texture was autumn texture and the other was a paint stroke texture.
  • Cropped and extended the image to the right.
  • Added a mask to reveal more of the flower with varying opacities of a brush.
  • Added three different leaves as three layers and applied various blending modes and opacities.
  • Added a curve to the image.
  • Added a level mask to the flower to bring out the white in the flower.
  • Applied a few filters via Nik Efex Color Pro to the entire image
  • Added some light onto the upper right corner of the image.
  • Used the liquify tool to pull the upper left portion of the flower petals up and away to add better proportion to the image.
  • Added some sharpening.
One Photo Focus - December

One Photo Focus – December Edit by Laura Macky

Original by Julie Powell

Original by Julie Powell


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One Photo Focus – November

It’s that time again…my favorite challenge, One Photo Focus, is upon us!   The challenge 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 Helen Chen, so thanks much to Helen for this challenging image.   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!

With the vines and roots crawling all over this amazing little shack, I imagined myself wandering into a forest and coming upon this little gem with beams of light coming through the thick trees.   It’s amazing to even think this exists somewhere because it’s so unusual.  I would’ve loved to have seen it in person and to know its history.

I hope you enjoy the edit, and thanks again to Helen for the fun image!

Basic Process:

  • Found a royalty free forest image on the internet.
  • Sampled the colors from the forest image and applied those tones to the shack.
  • Blended the shack into the forest image.
  • Applied Topaz Glow at a reduced opacity for parts of the image.
  • Applied Topaz Restyle at a reduced opacity.
  • Sharpened different areas of the photo to create more depth.
  • Added a subtle beam of light from left top corner to middle of shack.
  • Added a subtle vignette.
Jungle Shack

Jungle Shack by Laura Macky

Original by Helen Chen

Original by Helen Chen