Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


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Sony A7 (2 images)

A few days ago we met my cousins from Michigan in Carmel, California.  The weather couldn’t have been more perfect!  Usually when I go to that area, I make sure I have my squall jacket but I didn’t even use it.  In fact, I hardly needed a sweater!

I brought my Sony A7 with me, but I will say I didn’t really take that many pictures.  Being with family I hadn’t seen in some years, I didn’t want to start taking a lot of pictures and then ending up not being able to focus on enjoying my family.  No worries, I can always go back!

In the meantime, here are two images:

  • Hidden Beach at Pt. Lobos State Park – All I can say is that this State Park is absolutely fantastic.  I plan to go back so I can get more pictures of this absolutely gorgeous place.  This picture is really just a very tiny area of such a vast, incredible place.
  • Panorama from the Lone Cypress on 17-mile Drive in Pebble Beach which is adjacent to Carmel – You can see the Lone Cypress on the left.   One thing I’ve realized is I need a wider lens than what comes with the camera because I would’ve liked to have gotten more foreground in the shot.   The lens I used for this Pano is a 28-70mm and while for general things it’s a great lens, but I have a tendency to like wider.  I’m not sure how many shots the camera took because I used the Panorama feature which does it all in camera.
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Hidden Beach @ Pt. Lobos State Park in Carmel, California

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Lone Cypress 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, California

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Shark Fin Cove at Sunset

I took my camera club down to Shark Fin Cove the other day and we had such fun!  The sunset wasn’t as dramatic as I had hoped but you never know when it comes to the California Coast, especially around these parts.

The first image you see is a long exposure panorama.  I used my 24-120mm lens and five vertical shots stitched in Lightroom to create it.  The second one was 1 shot taken with my 14-24mm lens and the last one was 1 shot with my 24-120mm lens.   * I’m kinda bummed that for some reason these images didn’t come out that clear after posting them here but I’m too tired to deal with it now lol. *

I’m kind of tired today so pardon for the short post.  Hope you all have a great rest of the day!


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Architectural Panorama

Okay so it didn’t come out how I had hoped but here it is nonetheless.  I really needed to take two rows of shots and then stitch them together but I didn’t.  I took four shots all in one row but it just wasn’t enough!  I think this would all work a lot better in a much larger place where the walls and ceiling weren’t so close to me.  Even with my widest angled lens (14-24mm), I couldn’t get it all in these four shots.  Plus, the distortion was pretty great with this lens and it couldn’t be accurately fixed in photoshop because of the panorama.

I did find out that I prefer PTGUI.com to stitch the photos together over Photoshop.  A LOT more control there and so much more to learn on that program as well.

The good news is that I learned a lot from this test!  I took other pictures in this church which I will share later, but for now I’ll leave you with this….such as it is lol.

Time to get my day going!  Hope you all have a good one!

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