Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


Before and After (2 images)

Last post I short-changed everyone by not having the before image for you to compare against the processed one, so here’s another image I saved from deletion by processing it in Photoshop.  This time I have the “before”!

By the way, this was processed entirely in Photoshop with no filter plugins except for noise reduction with Topaz Denoise.

Window Light in the Evening @ Lake Merritt

Window Light in the Evening @ Lake Merritt





It’s the Vision not the Process (2 images)

Seems like these days I’m having more and more discussion about what “photography” is.  To me, photography is having a vision and making it come to life through our cameras.  “But when does photography end and art start?  Is there a difference?”  In my opinion, as long as photographers use a camera to take the initial picture, it doesn’t really matter what happens to it after that because it’s all art to me.  I don’t care if the photo has been processed in multiple filters or none at all.   I try to appreciate the vision and not the process.

Now, if you’re talking about entering photos in competitions, I do agree that there should be categories because it’s really difficult to compare a straight out of the camera photo with a photo that has been heavily processed.  They are different techniques.  It would be much like pitting Monet against M.C. Escher.  It’s apples and oranges.

What do you think?

So with that said, I leave you two iPhone photos that I edited in iPhone apps.  If you care to check out more of my iPhone photography, please click on the Instagram link on the sidebar.  Thank you and have a great beginning of the week!



Yesterday we went to the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco and enjoyed an exhibition of JMW Turner.  All I can say is WOW!  Seeing his artwork on the internet or in a book is one thing, but seeing it in person is a whole other ball of wax.  It is just amazing!  You can see his images and read about him here.

I am so incredibly inspired!  While I will never profess to even have 1 percent of his talent, it’s really neat to see other artists and learn from their work.  A chuckle escapes my lips as in the next breath I post one of my landscapes.  I did try to enhance the light and detail a bit more.  The image wasn’t my best composition but I did enjoy peeking through the trees onto the hills below.

Have a nice rest of the weekend everyone!