Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


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One Photo Focus – September

One Photo Focus is here!  Every month Stacy gives us a photo and we edit it to come up with our own take.  Below you’ll find my image as well as the original three bracketed images provided by Benjamin Rowe, so thanks Ben for three images for us to work on this month.  🙂    If you have time, check out Stacy’s blog to see everyone’s submissions.  I’m excited to see what everyone came up with!

Seeing this castle immediately made me imagine Scotland or Ireland and the quintessential green grass.  You know how I love color, so here’s my submission for this month!

Basic Process:

1.  Merged the three original bracketed images in Photomatix Pro to create an HDR image and then opened in Photoshop.

2.  Added a curve to the sky.

3.  Selected the grass and used a channel mixer layer to get the vibrant green.

4.  Used a soft light cloud brush to even out the sky in some areas.

5.  Enhanced the image in Nik Color Efex adding some detail and brilliance.

6.  Reduced noise in sky and brushed some red into the sky.

7.  Added a blur layer and exposed the center by using a radial gradient mask.

8.   Selected the castle and added a Levels layer to accentuate the detail.

9.  Selected the flag and added a red overlay.

10.  Used some gradients to make the eye go toward the castle.

One Photo Focus - September

One Photo Focus – September

Thank you Stacy for coordinating this fun challenge!  🙂


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One Photo Focus – August

Ahhh….my favorite challenge is upon us.  One Photo Focus is here!  Every month Stacy gives us a photo and we edit it to come up with our own take.  Below you’ll find my image as well as the original which was provided by Katie Prior, so thanks Katie for your very fun image!  And if you have time, check out Stacy’s blog to see everyone’s submissions.  I’m excited to see what everyone came up with.

I thought about making a sea monster come out of the water but in order to be different than last month, I chose to go with the look of a painting this time.

Basic Process:

1.  Normally I don’t use Adobe Camera Raw opting for Lightroom, but this time I opened the image directly into Photoshop so using Adobe Camera Raw I leveled off the image and flattened out the horizon.

2.  Opened in Photoshop and then tone-mapped the image in Nik HDR.

3.  Colorized the image in Topaz Restyle.

4.  Added some detail by using Topaz Glow Natural Neon as an overlay and at reduced opacity.

5.  Added a curve to add more drama to the shadows and highlights.

6.  Used Topaz Impression for painterly look.

7.  Used a high pass filter to add sharpening to some areas of the stone.

One Photo Focus - August

One Photo Focus – August


Original Image by Katie Prior

Original Image by Katie Prior

Thank you Stacy for coordinating this fun challenge!  🙂


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Berkeley Pier “Beams”

Below is the last image from my Berkeley Pier expedition.  I really wasn’t even there that long but the images seem to go on and on.  The light was really fantastic that evening!  Hope you all have a good weekend.

Beams

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