Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


Oh Say Can You See!

Yes I can!  I can’t help it…over and over again lol.  Even though I’m not a tourist, for some reason I absolutely LOVE taking pictures of this bridge!  Well this one and the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge.  🙂   The other night when I was at the Presidio (see my previous post if you have no idea what I’m jabbering about), I took a few different pictures and thought I’d share them over the next few posts.

This one is not the zoomed out version of my previous image.  It’s a separate click all together and was taken slightly earlier than my last image while there was still blue in the sky.  I really love images where my eye wanders across the image.  Two things I did to make that happen was to get the shoreline in the lower left-hand corner so that it’s a leading line and the second was to include that sailboat so the water isn’t just there as a big empty space.  It would’ve been fine with the empty space but I think the boat provides a bit of interest and makes the eye dart across the image.

Now I can’t get the Star Spangled Banner out of my head.  Ugh!  I need to listen to some American Idol songs hahahaha.

Oh Say Can You See - Golden Gate Bridge

Oh Say Can You See – Golden Gate Bridge


Expanding Horizons – Luminosity Masks

This image was taken from the Presidio in San Francisco last night.  The sunset was absolutely glorious!  I’m going to create a camera club event here soon because there is so much to explore even without the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge.

I’ve been exploring the use of Luminosity Masks lately.  Basically Luminosity Masks are a way of making advanced selections in Photoshop based on luminosity values.  So let’s say I wanted to select everything but the bridge and the land to create a mask.  Normally I would have to go through a selection process by using the magic wand, the quick selection tool, color range selection or a host of other ways to isolate what I wanted to mask.  Instead of that way, I use the Lumenzia panel which I’ve loaded in photoshop.  (You can see it in the screenshot I’ve included in this post.)

Lumenzia is developed by Greg Benz and is something you load into photoshop which ends up being a panel readily accessible in your workspace.  This is a purchased product, but I can already tell it will be a staple for my processing.  Greg’s tutorials are very clear too and there’s a help button in the panel to access anything you want to know.  Very convenient!  I don’t have to go wading through my browser bookmarks to find tutorials.  Yay!

As an example, you can see in the screenshot of my Photoshop workspace a layer mask called L2 Solid color.  I wanted to apply a color filter to everything BUT the bridge and the land because I wanted to add an orangey hue, so rather than trying to manually select the bridge and land so I could hide them with a mask and apply a color filter to everything else, I clicked on different buttons in the panel which temporarily brought up different masks based on luminosity.  I kept clicking until I found one that most closely applied black to the bridge and land and white to everything else, which in this case was the L2 button.  I then clicked the button called “Solid” to automatically bring up a color filter where I then selected the color.  Voila!  Selection made, color filter applied!  How convenient is that!?  Of course this is a very simple example but you can see the potential here.  You can adjust the mask of course by brushing on it with various opacities of a brush if you wanted to refine the selection even more.

Needless to say I love new things that make my life simpler and my work better.

The Western Front - Golden Gate Bridge

The Western Front – Golden Gate Bridge

Lumenzia Panel

Lumenzia Panel






Prelude to Halloween – Monochrome Madness

Halloween is almost upon us and I can’t help but get in the mood a bit early.  BOO!

The house is an old victorian built in the 1870’s as part of an upscale residential neighborhood which is now known today as Preservation Park.  I’ve posted a few images from this tiny park in the past, but this house really spoke to me on a cloudy day and oddly enough it got lost in the shuffle of my images until recently.

Today this house, and other houses in the neighborhood are used as offices and as an event center.  You can find out more about this beautiful park here:

Please check out Leanne Cole’s blog later for the entire gallery.

The House Down the Lane - Monochrome Madness

The House Down the Lane – Monochrome Madness