Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


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!


One Photo Focus - March

Original by Nancy Merrill


One Photo Focus Anniversary! – January 2016

Can you believe it?  It’s been a year for this very fun challenge.  I’ve got to start off by thanking Stacy for coordinating this challenge every month.  It’s not easy to do when receiving images and links from everyone and I really appreciate all her hard work, so please check out her blog and the entire challenge here.

This challenge is about everyone editing the same image and today I’m honored that it’s my image everyone will be editing.  I’m surprised how well the original jpeg did with all the editing.  Normally I take RAW photos but when my camera came back from repair I didn’t realize they had reset my settings so I ended up with a jpeg for this challenge.

This abandoned boat is in Tomales Bay on the north side of the SF Bay Area near Pt. Reyes.  I’ve taken this boat before when I first started getting into photography, so I thought I’d take it again and make it part of this challenge.  You can find the before and after below.

Here’s the general process:

  • Cropped and adjusted clarity, whites, blacks, etc. in LR and then opened in PS.
  • Found royalty-free moon and starry sky images on web and uploaded into PS and masked out the image to include the sky and moon.
  • Adjusted the moon layer with a layer style color overlay and added a glow.
  • Put a moon reflection in the water.
  • Added a gradient for the red horizon glow
  • Added a color overlay layer for entire image.
  • Used a color balance layer to tweak the overall highlights, shadows and midtones.
  • Isolated the grass with color selection and added vibrance and color.
  • Added a color lookup layer for a nighttime effect and used a mask to adjust opacity in various areas of the image.
  • Added 3 layers consisting of clouds on a transparency background and used a layer style to add a color overlay and blend mode.
  • Added some ND gradients around the edges.


January One Photo Focus

January One Photo Focus

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January One Photo Focus

Original by Laura Macky