Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


At the Water’s Edge

Anyone who’s been following my blog knows I love the beach.  It’s a place I feel drawn to mostly because I’ve lived near a few all my life.  Some people might not know that in California the beaches vary drastically depending on which part of the state you’re in.  Southern California has beautiful beaches, don’t get me wrong, but I definitely prefer the beauty of the jagged rocky coast with sandy beaches tucked in between.

The other day I posted a sunset from Stinson Beach.   Here are some more from that day…


Before & After

I’m noticing that some of my older pictures aren’t looking like I thought they did when I processed them.  As I grow as a photographer and a post processor, I notice things about my old pictures that I don’t care for.  I really knew very little about how to handle images back then.  Not that I’m an expert now, but I do understand some basics that I didn’t know about before.

Below is a picture of Mosquito Lake in California originally taken in July 2011.   The top image shows the original processing, and the one below I reprocessed just a few minutes ago.  (Note:  I reprocessed from a jpeg as I did not have the original raw image to work from.)   The reprocessing consisted of correcting color cast through a channel mask, enhancing details, lightening shadows and adding a Graduated Neutral Density filter.  Soon I’ll be back out taking more pics…in the meantime…..