Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


I Think Therefore I Am

Do you ever wonder about that saying, “To think therefore I am?”  This phrase was first expressed in French by René Descartes, a 17th century French philosopher, as “je pense donc je suis”.  It’s much like picking up a camera for the first time and starting to take pictures over and over and trying to improve.  One focuses (no pun intended) on the art of photography learning to master the camera, how to see things and translate them into images or even to post process an image.  We are constantly thinking photography and therefore are becoming photographers.

In my social media existence I’ve seen people ask, “am I a photographer?” or “am I a real photographer?” or “am I good enough to be called a photographer?” and many iterations of the same question.  To me, if you are conveying your emotions through photography you ARE a photographer.  Putting a quantitative value on conveying emotions is impossible in my opinion, and after all…isn’t that what it’s all about?  We see something compelling and we want to share that feeling whatever it may be.

I think I’m a photographer….no wait, I AM a photographer!

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

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Fort Cronkhite

Standing on the edge of the Pacific Coast the other morning, it was so clear I could see Fort Cronkhite from way atop of the Marin Headlands.  I just couldn’t believe how clear it was.

Fort Cronkhite is a former World War II military post and today is one of the few preserved examples of a World War II “mobilization post” remaining in the country.  The fort’s barracks, mess halls, supply buildings, and other structures are preserved to tell the story of the soldiers who waited here for an enemy that never came.

Hope you all have a good Monday. 🙂




Noticing the World Around You

I couldn’t believe my good fortune with the weather in the Marin Headlands a few mornings ago.  After the sun presented it’s beautiful colors over the Golden Gate Bridge, I decided to wander from the bay around the corner to the coast to see what I could get.  All I could say was O-M-G!  It was hardly cold at all and NO FOG.  Plus the wind wasn’t bad which is amazing for this spot.  Usually the Marin Headlands are quite windy.

As I walked around the trail there, I found a really neat spot with a path leading down to a secluded beach with a rock in the distance.  I’m not sure if one could actually get down there from this spot as there was no way I was going to venture out there by myself; but I did think it made for a great composition because of the path leading our eye up and across the frame toward the rock.  Plus the light was really nice as it was just coming up over the large hill behind me.

I’ve learned that when I go out for a specific shot, like I did this morning for the Golden Gate Bridge, to always look around for other possibilities for photos.  Someone once told me to physically turn around 360 degrees to see what else you can get and that’s exactly what I do every time.  I don’t want to miss anything!  🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



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