Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


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Discovering the Art

Ever since I visited The Accademia in Florence where I saw Michelangelo’s “The David” along with other sculptures of his, I’ve always been reminded of a powerful quote by that amazing artist which is:  “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

While I’m not a sculptor, I think of this quote almost every time before I delete an image off my computer and declare it unusable.  Maybe it looks too dark or is not properly exposed or maybe it just looks lifeless.  Sometimes there is art inside even if it doesn’t seem like it, but how do we reveal it???

The number one reason I’m able to “save an image” or actually “reveal what is hiding in the image” is that I always shoot in RAW.  Shooting in raw gives me a lot more information to work with in post processing and is the number one reason I can work with a photo and create so many different effects.  But honestly, I wouldn’t let that dissuade you if you don’t have a fancy camera.  Even shooting with the iPhone can prove to be an artistic mini journey with all the apps that are out there.  (If you want, you can check out my Instagram for all my iPhone photography which are all taken and edited on the iPhone.  No photoshop involved.)

Basically if I took a picture of something, I wanted to take that picture for a reason whether it be the color, light, sky, details, strong composition, reflection, etc.  So when viewing one of these seemingly bland images on my computer, I consciously ask myself what attracted me to the scene?  It’s usually not just an overall appeal…there is usually a component (or components) that compelled me to take the picture in the first place; therefore, those are the components I try to bring out in the editing process.

Ahh…the unique greenish-blueish luminescence of the church….the early evening glow in the sky….the light on the buildings, the details of the windows, the green grass lining the lake, the reflection….there is an image wanting to be seen and felt.  It just needs to be coaxed out sometimes.

(p.s. – I inadvertently deleted the original otherwise I would’ve pasted it here as well.  It was contrasty and a bit dark…I’m laughing!  I usually have the original in my PSD file.  Maybe I need ANOTHER post on not deleting things.  LOL!!!!)

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Lake Merritt with the Crow Canyon Clickers


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See you in 10 days…..and an iPhone photo…

I’ll be away from Word Press for vacation for about 10 days, so I have scheduled two posts:  Leanne’s Monochrome Madness next Tuesday and Stacy Fisher’s One Photo Focus on April 3.  For now, I’ll leave you with a post from my Instagram feed taken and processed on the iPhone.

See you on the other side!


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Saturday Lite

I thought today I’d share with you some of my Instagram photos.  When I’m out and about not with my camera, I most always have my iPhone with me.  And when I’m waiting for a doctor’s appointment or at the carwash or just sitting on the back deck, I’ll edit the photos in one of my many IOS apps.

I find that not one app alone doesn’t usually do it for me.  Sometimes it works but usually I use multiple apps to get the job done.  My recent favorites are Leonardo and TangledFX.  I’ve included some photos here in a gallery here.  You can find more Instagram photos by clicking here or on the link in the sidebar.