Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


One Photo Focus – October

One Photo Focus is here!  I’ve really got to thank Stacy for keeping this challenge.  It’s so fun to see everyone’s interpretation of the same image and it’s a great challenge to do something different than my usual.  Below you’ll find my image as well as the original image provided by Michelle Lunato, so thanks much to Michelle for a fun image.   Please do check out Stacy’s blog when you have time to see everyone’s submissions.  I’m excited to see what everyone came up with!

I’m always trying to push myself in different ways, so this month I went for the painted look.  I’ve used the mixer brush tool in photoshop before to blend things but this time I had fun experimenting with it a bit further regarding brush strokes.  I usually use Topaz Impression for a brush stroke look but I was unsatisfied with the way it handled the bright starburst, even at a reduced opacity, so I decided to try to blend it myself.

After viewing that Turner exhibition recently, I realized how amazing his paintings were to include muted areas, detail, depth and light all rolled into one.  Not to mention a whole other host of techniques I couldn’t even begin to address being that I’m not knowledgable about painting.  It was fun pushing myself!

Basic Process:

  • Created layers containing accentuated boat detail
  • Created 2 motion blur layers of entire image
  • Combined final blur image with detail boat layers
  • Made squiggle of light beneath bottom of boat
  • Enhanced color via Nik Color Efex
  • Painted image with mixer brush tool in photoshop.
At Rest

At Rest

  1. Michelle Lunato OPF

    Michelle Lunato

Thank you Stacy for coordinating this fun challenge!  🙂



Old Pier Pillars

I always have fun when I go out shooting with my photo buddy Dan Shehan.  This location was new to both of us and it was a fun find!  The location is on the Carquinez Straight in between Crockett and Benicia.  I MUST go back here for a sunset sometime!

Old Pier Pillars

Old Pier Pillars


Beneath Carquinez

And now onto something more uplifting….

Yesterday I met up with a G+ friend of mine for some pictures in Crockett, California.  The other day I posted a fiery sunset behind the Carquinez Bridge in Benicia.  This time I was right UNDER that bridge in a small town called Crockett.  We had a lot of fun poking around that area, so I’m going to create an outing for my camera club there soon because I think people would enjoy it!

I’ve only processed one image, so here it is in all it’s glory.

Beneath Carquinez

Beneath Carquinez


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