Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


Surf’s Up!

Once again I think I saved a photo from its death.  I had a few left from Rodeo Beach a few weeks ago when the surf was high, so I thought I’d create a painting-like image out of it.    My favorite filter is topaz impression.  I think I was more heavy handed with it on this image than I have been in the past but I kind of like the effect.  I’ve included the before at the bottom just so you can see the difference.  Gotta run…have a great day everyone!

Surf's Up!

Surf’s Up!




Roaring Waves

Now you can see why I didn’t do a long exposure.  See where those waves are rolling in?  I originally had imagined being on the other side of that first rock.  Um yeah, that wasn’t going to happen anytime soon.   The funny thing was that I felt so prepared before we left the house.  I checked the tide table online before we left and noticed the tide would be low at that time (comparatively) but also noticed that the waves would be 10-15′ tall so I guess I imagined those tall waves out at sea and not crashing in on the shore.  I think what happened is that the tide was low compared to other times of the day but probably not as low as it needs to be for me to take pictures where I wanted.  Live and learn!  I guess I missed Maritime 101 in school.  🙂

In any case, I loved hearing those roaring waves roll in and crash.  I forgot it’s that time of year though….Just a few days ago, 20 minutes south of here at Half Moon Bay, they started the Mavericks surfing championships.  Check out the pictures in this link by scrolling down.   Spectators can’t go there and watch anymore because in 2012 a rogue wave came up on the beach and crashed onto the bleacher area injuring people.  Here’s a video of that.  Please don’t show to young children.  Rogue Wave at Mavericks 2012.

Once time as I was trying to get close the wave crashed up on the beach much further and I had to run away (more like hobble quickly) with my camera and tripod.  Not a pretty sight.  LOL.

Big Waves at Rodeo Beach

Big Waves at Rodeo Beach – Lauramacky



I’ve been awaiting return of my camera which I sent back to Nikon to be repaired about a week ago.  A few months ago I sent it in for a service advisory they announced (which is like a recall where they repair for a known issue) even though there was nothing wrong with it.  At the time I thought I’d better take them up on it in case my camera ended up having problems later.

Wouldn’t you know that another problem cropped up after I received my camera back from the service advisory?  Thank heavens I didn’t have to pay for this issue because Nikon acknowledged that the issue was created from the last time they had my camera.  Nikon has been really great with its customer service, so thank goodness and thank you Nikon!

My camera should be arriving Tuesday, and I can’t wait!  Meanwhile back at the ranch…….I’m narrowing down on the images from Land’s End.  This one was done in Lightroom.

Hope you all had a great weekend!