Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


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SF Photowalk – Your Vote Requested

This image was shot with my 14-24mm lens.  I haven’t used it all that much but when I do, I realize I need to use it more.  It definitely provides a unique look that my other lenses don’t.  I’ve processed it in color and black and white and would love to know which one you like best and would really appreciate the vote in the poll I’ve included at the bottom.

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Getting to Know – Interview with Ms. Diplomacy

As some of you know, once in awhile I like to do a feature on someone.  Today I thought I’d share with you an interview with and photography by Nicola of Ms. Diplomacy.  What I really love about Nicola’s work is how she sees and conveys patterns of our world and also how she sees light.  And all after only four years!  I hope you enjoy the interview and Nicola’s work!   Please check her blog out when you have a chance.  I know she’d appreciate the visit. 🙂

1)  What part of the world do you call home?

I moved to Vienna 9 years ago and now I call Vienna my home.  But my real home is where I grew up, a village in Tyrol/Austria, where my family still lives.  I love Vienna, this is my city, but I enjoy the silence of the tiny place in Tyrol and the company of my family and friends from there.

2)  Can you share with us what gear you use most of the time (camera, lens, etc.)?

I use a Canon 5d Mark III and two lenses: EF 4/24-105mm and EF16-35 1:2.8L II, polarizing filter, ND filter and always UV filter. One of teachers in photography school used to tell us every single lesson “ALWAYS use a UV filter”.  So if I do not use the Pol or ND I use the UV.

3)  How long have you been taking photos and what inspired you to start photography?

I started about 4 years ago.  I had a camera but no idea about settings, shutter speed, ISO, aperture so I took a two-day course first and then walked through the streets with the camera.  I found out that it helped me to relax and reload my batteries after a busy day or week at work.  Photography clears my mind, it gives me energy and makes me happy even on a cloudy day.

4)  What do you try to convey with your photography, either in style and/or emotion?

When I started with photography I didn’t really have a favorite style, but now it appears that I love capturing symmetries and shapes. It’s probably because I am quite a structured person in my business work.  😉

I like to shoot interesting architecture – of course because of the design and shape and the symmetry you often find when shooting architecture.  Now I found out that landscape photography is really great, too:  capturing beautiful landscapes and dramatic skies, playing with long-exposure settings and filters, shooting the ocean whenever I travel.  But I also try to convey the emotion of people on the streets, creating split-second-stories with a photo.  This is a bit tricky since I’m not too courageous at pointing the camera on strangers.

5)   I enjoy finding out about people and what they’re like when not behind the lens. Tell us a fun fact about yourself that has nothing to do with photography, but you’d like people to know.

I work as a full-time Marketing Manager here in Vienna. It is a great job with very nice people and I am happy that I’m so much related to the brand I work for and with. The fun fact about me is that I do not take life and most notably myself too serious. Humor and fun is so important to me. A day without laughing is not a good day, isn’t it? I recently walked through the city, it was pouring rain and I jumped into all puddles crossing my way, like a child, smiling and feeling the nature of rain. People with their umbrellas trying to escape the wet must have thought what a crazy person I am ☺

I avoid “what if” questions and so I do what my gut feeling says – better fail than never try.  One of my favorite mottos is expect the unexpected or always expect miracles. I would say I’m spontaneous and describe myself as open minded. Love to travel and explore new countries and cities, meeting new people and make friends all over the world. Last but not least, family and friends are of very high priority for me.


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Oakland Aviation Museum

Yesterday I took my camera club to the Oakland Aviation Museum.  I’d been here before but it’d been probably over a year.  There’s so much history about aviation at this museum, so I included some information about it down below for those who are interested.

May I first start by saying my admission fee was for a SENIOR CITIZEN?????  LOL!  It was my very first discount as a senior.  I’m not sure whether I should laugh or cry.  😛

When I started taking pictures of all the planes I realized that images would be mere snapshots, so I started wandering around looking to see what else I could get.   The first photo is of a shed which housed maintenance tools and it really attracted my eye mainly because of the blue and red objects.  The scene screamed HDR to me, so I took three bracketed photos to create this image.  The second photo of the wheel was tone-mapped, and the third is a lauramacky blue plate special, lol.

Hope you enjoy!

Oakland Aviation Museum, formerly called Western Aerospace Museum, was founded in 1981 as a non-profit organization operating an aviation museum located at North Field of Oakland International Airport  in Oakland, California.  It has over 30 vintage and modern airplanes, both civilian and military, and other displays that highlight noted aviators and innovators.

The Boeing School of Aeronautics was started here in this very spot where the museum is on September 16, 1929.  Incredible!  It was an entire school dedicated to training pilots, mechanics and other personnel specifically for Boeing Air Transport, the airline subsidiary of the Boeing Airplane Company.  The company chose a site at the Oakland Municipal Airport in California, the largest municipal airport in the United States at that time.

You can see more about this wonderful place here:   http://www.oaklandaviationmuseum.org/