Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


Blue Oak

This week’s photo for the Monochrome Madness Challenge is something I worked on in Nik Color Efex and Photoshop CC.   I am really enjoying the post processing part of creating images, and this one I had a lot of fun with.  This image of an oak tree was taken when I was up on Mt. Diablo the other day.  Oak trees are almost everywhere in California not just on the mountain.

Usually when I look at an image straight out of the camera in Adobe Bridge, I usually decide whether or not it feels more like a photograph or more like an artsy image.  This one I saw as an artsy-type image the minute I saw it on my computer, so I went with it.

I’m posting this one day early.  🙂   The entire challenge will be on Leanne Cole’s site tomorrow, so please do check it out!




Laura the Lionhearted – Monochrome Madness

This week’s Monochrome Madness has me posting a picture of a lion.  I’d love to say I was on a safari in Africa and dodged the charge of a rhino or fought a monkey to keep my banana, but the truth of the matter is that this was taken at the San Francisco Zoo, lol.

My goal was to make it seem like I didn’t take it at the zoo, so I won’t stop you from envisioning me in a pith hat, camping out in the wilderness, hiding behind some brush with an ultra-long lens.  Yes, I boldly stood in front of a lion pen at the zoo and DARED to focus on this beautiful beast!  I know, I’m so bold and brave…one might say I am “lionhearted”.  🙂

The image was taken in color and converted to B&W via Nik SEP2 with a bit of dodging and burning on the final image.  RAWR!  Doesn’t he look handsome?

You can find the entire challenge on Leanne Cole’s blog later today where there are sure to be lots of amazing images!




Sepia Dream

It’s that time again!  Monochrome Madness is in the air.  This week’s submission was taken from a flower on our new back deck.  I converted it to black and white via Nik SEP2 and did some work on it in Photoshop.  One thing I’m playing around with lately is overlaying textures.  I used one for this image and I think it subtly enhances it.

Our Monochrome Madness gallery will be shown on Leanne Cole’s blog in a few hours, so please check it out when you can.  There are always such amazing entries!  Her blog can be found here.

Sepia Dream