Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


One Photo Focus – June

It’s One Photo Focus time!  I rather enjoy this challenge of taking someone’s photo and editing it into our own creation.  Thank you David Croker for providing this week’s original photo.  Please check out David’s blog when you have time.  And as always, thank you Stacy for coordinating this challenge!  Please check out the entire the entire challenge with everyone’s edits on Stacy’s blog by clicking here.

I’ve been seeing a lot of images where almost the entire image is dark except for a few areas like a snow capped mountain or an ocean wave illuminated in the night.  I thought I’d try it out with this image although I couldn’t quite push myself to the extreme but this may be a decent first try.  

The Process:

1.  Imported image to LR and made basic adjustments like clarity, curves, highlights and shadows along with some pre-sharpening.

2.  Opened in Photoshop and duplicated layer.

3.  Used Topaz Denoise lightly.

4.  Used a dark Old Painting texture (JD Beautiful World Textures by Jessica Drossin) and used a layer mask to hide the line of ships.

5.  Applied unsharp mask to sharpen the boats only.

6.  I didn’t feel the boats had enough structure, so I added a layer from Topaz Glow called Black Sketch Overlay at a reduced opacity and applied it to the line of boats only.

7.  Used Nik Color Efex to add a Dynamic Contrast and Skylight filter at reduced opacities.

8.  Added a curve to lighten things up a bit.

Hope you enjoy it!


One Photo Focus - June - Edited by Laura Macky

One Photo Focus – June – Edited by Laura Macky


Original by David Croker




Mustard Grass

California in the spring is really beautiful.  Our state gets so green in the winter with the rains (or should I say WHEN it rains).  Fortunately we’ve had a lot of rain this year.  Bright yellow mustard grass spreads across the vibrant green hills and only lasts a short time after the rains when the sun comes out, but oh what a sight it is to see!   I can’t help but smile when I see it.  🙂

This is an artistic redo of a “regular” photo I took of this very spot in a previous post.  If you want to see the before picture, please click here.

Mustard Grass @ Garin Park

Mustard Grass @ Garin Park


One Photo Focus – October

One Photo Focus is here!  I’ve really got to thank Stacy for keeping this challenge.  It’s so fun to see everyone’s interpretation of the same image and it’s a great challenge to do something different than my usual.  Below you’ll find my image as well as the original image provided by Michelle Lunato, so thanks much to Michelle for a fun image.   Please do check out Stacy’s blog when you have time to see everyone’s submissions.  I’m excited to see what everyone came up with!

I’m always trying to push myself in different ways, so this month I went for the painted look.  I’ve used the mixer brush tool in photoshop before to blend things but this time I had fun experimenting with it a bit further regarding brush strokes.  I usually use Topaz Impression for a brush stroke look but I was unsatisfied with the way it handled the bright starburst, even at a reduced opacity, so I decided to try to blend it myself.

After viewing that Turner exhibition recently, I realized how amazing his paintings were to include muted areas, detail, depth and light all rolled into one.  Not to mention a whole other host of techniques I couldn’t even begin to address being that I’m not knowledgable about painting.  It was fun pushing myself!

Basic Process:

  • Created layers containing accentuated boat detail
  • Created 2 motion blur layers of entire image
  • Combined final blur image with detail boat layers
  • Made squiggle of light beneath bottom of boat
  • Enhanced color via Nik Color Efex
  • Painted image with mixer brush tool in photoshop.
At Rest

At Rest

  1. Michelle Lunato OPF

    Michelle Lunato

Thank you Stacy for coordinating this fun challenge!  🙂