Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


Fly Me to the Moon

I am totally addicted to the supermoon!  And I keep singing all kinds of songs to do with the moon.  So while you’re viewing these photos, you can click on this link and listen to a bit of Frank Sinatra!

A little about these images…they are not composite images.  Not that I think anything is wrong with creating artful photos but I’ve been asked this about the photos on Facebook and thought you might like to know.  They were taken from the Pleasanton Ridge in the east bay on Saturday and also from Walnut Creek toward Mt. Diablo on Sunday.  Both days I used my Nikon D750 with the 28-300mm lens.  A lot of these are aggressively cropped.

I put my favorite photo first independent of the gallery below which contains the rest of the images.  Hope you enjoy them!

Pleasanton Ridge

Pleasanton Ridge

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Moon Under the Bay Bridge

I’ve been a bit vacant on social media these days and my apologies for not checking in with all of you on a more regular basis.  Life has been a bit busy lately!  I hope to get back to normal within a day or so.

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a picture I took last night of the moon rising behind the Oakland side of the Bay Bridge taken from Treasure Island.   There’s another angle I’d like to try sometime but it wasn’t too bad from this side.  I hardly ever do night shots mainly because I’m too lazy to go out later haha but I did enjoy it.  Perhaps I need to make more effort in the future.  🙂



Encroachment – ABFriday

It’s ABFriday time!  This really is a fun challenge.  I created this post only a few days after Stacy sent out the email because I love it so much, so it’s been waiting in the queue all this time!  Thank you to those who have sent me such kind and understanding emails. I truly appreciate it!

We were all given an image to work on, so I’ve posted both my image and the original below it.

In general, this is how I did it:

First I removed the lamp post to the left using content aware.  Then I took a moon photo, upsized it and colorized it.   To show the moon in the image, I masked out the area in the sky and retained the branches from the tree on the left using the “Blend if” mode in Layer Style.   In order for the moon to fit perfectly in the sky before I masked it in, I removed the tops of the trees on the right and also the streetlight from the original image so that I wouldn’t have a mess around the trees near the building.  After masking the moon in, I used some tree branch brushes on a blank layer to put tops on the trees again.

Next I added a color balance layer to adjust the shadows, lights and midtones to enhance the mood here.  After that I ran it through Nik Analog to further enhance the mood and then used Adobe Extension Manager to add a texture via Adobe Paper Texture Pro.

Have I mentioned how much I love editing???????

Check out the entire ABFriday Challenge and also Stacy’s Post too!  Thank you to Manal Ali for contributing the original image!

My Version

My Version (see original image below by Manal Ali)

Original Image

Original Image