Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


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Soon…very verrrrry soon….

I’m “almost” finished with the store.  I took a break yesterday from it.  Yay for breaks!

In the meantime, I thought I’d share with you this HDR image from last year from atop Mt. Diablo.  The function of this door is still a mystery and why I call it “Door to Nowhere”.  It was a bracketed three exposure photo taken on my D7100.  Even though I’m on my D750 now, the D7100 is a great camera….the shot came out nicely on all three bracketed photos which made it easier for me to process it into one photo.

Not that I’m an HDR expert by any means, but from what I’ve learned about processing my own photos is I’m a firm believer in not just clicking a button in a filter and calling it done.  The Photomatix or Nik HDR merge is only one step within my photoshop files.    And I must admit I really love the editing stage…it’s my favorite part. 🙂

I’m now embedding links from my photo website into my blog so that when you click the image, you will be taken to my website.  You can then scroll to the bottom and click where it says “click here” and it will then take you to the store.  Why upload more images when I can just paste a link here!  Gotta love technology.  *sometimes* 😉  Have a nice weekend everyone!

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Oakland Aviation Museum

Yesterday I took my camera club to the Oakland Aviation Museum.  I’d been here before but it’d been probably over a year.  There’s so much history about aviation at this museum, so I included some information about it down below for those who are interested.

May I first start by saying my admission fee was for a SENIOR CITIZEN?????  LOL!  It was my very first discount as a senior.  I’m not sure whether I should laugh or cry.  😛

When I started taking pictures of all the planes I realized that images would be mere snapshots, so I started wandering around looking to see what else I could get.   The first photo is of a shed which housed maintenance tools and it really attracted my eye mainly because of the blue and red objects.  The scene screamed HDR to me, so I took three bracketed photos to create this image.  The second photo of the wheel was tone-mapped, and the third is a lauramacky blue plate special, lol.

Hope you enjoy!

Oakland Aviation Museum, formerly called Western Aerospace Museum, was founded in 1981 as a non-profit organization operating an aviation museum located at North Field of Oakland International Airport  in Oakland, California.  It has over 30 vintage and modern airplanes, both civilian and military, and other displays that highlight noted aviators and innovators.

The Boeing School of Aeronautics was started here in this very spot where the museum is on September 16, 1929.  Incredible!  It was an entire school dedicated to training pilots, mechanics and other personnel specifically for Boeing Air Transport, the airline subsidiary of the Boeing Airplane Company.  The company chose a site at the Oakland Municipal Airport in California, the largest municipal airport in the United States at that time.

You can see more about this wonderful place here:   http://www.oaklandaviationmuseum.org/


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Survivors

The other day I drove to a nearby area that used to be extremely rural only to find it being overrun with subdivisions.  Just a few years ago I remembered the area as horse and cow ranches, one after the other, amongst beautiful rolling hills.   I used to call it “going the back way” when leaving east from the bay area.  Unfortunately, the ranches of horses and cows has significantly diminished as developers gobble up land and build houses.

Every once in awhile I’d see a glimmer of “what was” like these airstream trailers which brought a nostalgic smile to my face.  😀   Tip-toeing over the fence to get the shot and wondering if there were any people inside these trailers, I remembered a time when these were almost unsightly behind a fence.  Now I smile as I fondly remember a day gone by.