Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


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Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

The other day we took a drive down to Santa Cruz, California.  Santa Cruz is the quintessential beach town complete with surfers and an amusement park on the boardwalk.  I’ve been visiting this beautiful place since my early teens for a day of fun in the sun and still enjoy going back to this day.  Included in this post are three images for your viewing pleasure.  Be sure to click on each, especially Image 3 where you can see the beach boardwalk panorama up close!

Image 1:  Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse holds a surfing museum which opened its doors in June 1986 as the first surfing museum in the world.  The lighthouse was built in 1967 as a memorial to surfer Mark Abott, who died while surfing at the nearby Pleasure Point surf break.

Image 2:  The beautiful waters edge.

Image 3:  A panorama shot of the beach boardwalk.

Surfing Museum

Surfing Museum

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Year 2013 on Speed

When I started this blog back in December 2012, I only had the intention of sharing my knee replacement journey and the physical accomplishments I would make along the way.  Once I started to feel better and get out and about, I started realizing that looking through a viewfinder was becoming an important part of my journey and my life.

Here are some 2013 highlights!   C’mon…you know you want to see them again.  😛

The most liked post is the a recent one of the San Francisco Bay Bridge at night…it was my first nighttime long exposure and it seemed to be well received:    https://lauramacky.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/san-francisco-bay-bridge-at-christmas/

The most commented post is the Pigeon Point Lighthouse image….I think this photo represents when I started using my wide angle lens in a more effective manner:  https://lauramacky.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/pidgeon-point-lighthouse/

This post reminds me of how important it is to have your camera readyhttps://lauramacky.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/the-golden-state/

One of the best pieces of advice I received as a new photographer was to always shoot in RAW format.  I was able to extract the salmon from this photo because I shot in RAW, otherwise the photo would’ve merely shown murky water with shadows of fish.  Just click and scroll down a bit on this link and you’ll see the salmon.   https://lauramacky.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/tongas-forest-in-alaska/

This post is near and dear to my heart.  It’s my five month progress report for my knee replacement.  Via WordPress stats, I can see this post is still viewed, and it makes me happy people still find it informative.  https://lauramacky.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/five-month-report/

Lastly (if you’ve made it this far, lol)……thank you for supporting me!

Here’s a crazy thing I did in Photoshop….just having some fun, plus this post needed an image LOL!

Architecture in Photoshop


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Point Reyes Lighthouse

As you know, since I know you’re hanging on my every word lol, we went to Point Reyes, California.  The day was gorgeous.  There were clouds but sun too which is always nice, and the fog was breaking away.  Point Reyes is very windy by the way because it’s right on the coast and juts out into the ocean.  The part of Point Reyes we were going to see was the Lighthouse there.  It was one of those situations where you couldn’t just drive up to the lighthouse and park.  You had to park a ways from it and hike in.  This was a good test for my knee replacement!

It was WINDY!!!!!!  Wow!  I think the Ranger said it was 36 mph winds and it usually averages 40 mph.  It’s the windiest location on the west coast!  Thank goodness I know to always dress warmly and with a breaker when going to the coast, so i was prepared.

It’s only a half mile hike to the top of the Lighthouse steps and we saw breathtaking views of the Point Reyes coastline….

Point Reyes Shoreline

We arrived at the lighthouse and I realized that there was this 30-story staircase I had to go down to get to the lighthouse!  I still have one bad knee so my hubby asked me if I’d be able to handle it.  There were yellow signs warning of the strenuous hike, lol.  Sorry, this picture is terrible and was quickly taken on the iPhone but I had to include it here…

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I looked down and made the decision to give it a whirl.  I went on a wing and a prayer.  Going down was hard on my left knee (the one that needs replacing still)….ouch it hurt.  In this picture we were almost halfway down and you can see my hubby in the green jacket carrying my bag and tripod, lol.

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Only a little bit more to go, LOL….

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Almost there!

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Yay!  I did it!  Geeez…I am completely out of shape!  Fortunately it was worth it.  I did manage to squeeze myself into a small area where the wind was blocked and I took a “short” long exposure with my 8 stop ND filter.

Long Exposure

I couldn’t take any pictures going back up those steps.  Trust me, it was hard.  My knee was killing me and I tweaked my back on the way up because of it.  You know it’s bad when people older than you are passing you along the way!  haha!

Initially the entire purpose of this blog was to share the journey of my right knee replacement, but the saga continues as I just had an appointment with my orthopedic doctor to confirm the need for the left knee replacement which will be scheduled for January as soon as the office calls me back.  I’m done with this!  There are too many things I’d like to see in my life to be constrained by my crummy knees.

This trip was well worth it though.  I love our coastal areas here in California.  It just feels like home.  🙂