Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


One Photo Focus – May

It’s One Photo Focus time!  I rather enjoy this challenge of taking someone’s photo and editing it into our own creation.  This week the original photo was provided by Shane Francescut, so thank you Shane!  Please check out Shane’s blog when you have time.

The Process:

The first thing I always do is adjust the shadows, clarity and other basics one finds in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw because I know I’m going to process the heck out of it lol.  Once I have that done I try to come up with a vision for the image, and in this case I had a burning desire to make it a nighttime image (with my own twist of course).  🙂

1.  After the basic adjustments mentioned above, I tone-mapped it in Nik HDR to give it a “pop”.  (I think I’m addicted to tone-mapping in Nik HDR.)

2.  Next, I replaced the sky with the stars using my favorite “blend if” feature in the layer styles.  I cropped the photo to cut off the right hand part of the photo to eliminate the issue I was having masking in the sky in between all the branches.  It was just too much to deal with trying to blend in the sky.

3.  After that I applied the Nik Color Efex Sunlight filter to the image to simulate the moon’s glow.

4.  Now I needed that nighttime look, so I applied one of the Nik Analog Efex filters to parts of the image by using the Brush feature in the filter.  I really love the brush feature in Nik because it allows me to control where I want the filter applied and at what opacity.

5.  Lastly, I added a vignette by applying neutral density gradients along the edges of the photo on a blank layer so I could control the darkened areas rather than just using one of the filter vignettes.

I will throw in a caveat here in that there were some steps along the way that are kind of boring so I won’t list all those but basically they include burning here and there, and isolating parts of the image to control hue and saturation and contrast.

Thank you Stacy for coordinating this challenge!  Please check out the entire ABFriday Challenge and also Stacy’s Post too!

May One Photo Focus

May One Photo Focus

May One Photo Focus - Original

May One Photo Focus – Original



Mother Nature

I really can’t tire of these sunsets….I hope you don’t either.  Soon I will have new pictures as I’m finally getting better and am planning some outings with my camera.  In the meantime….please enjoy mother nature!  (And a bit of photoshop lol.)

Cloud Glow

Cloud Glow



Slow and Steady – Monochrome Madness 51

It’s almost here…one more week and we have a whole year under our belts!  I can’t believe it’s gone by so fast.  Much faster than this little guy could ever imagine.  What is that old saying?  Oh yeah….slow and steady wins the race!

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

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