Laura Macky Photography

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Christmas Bokeh – Monochrome Madness Selective Color Christmas Edition

For this week’s selective color challenge, I chose to work on a bokeh image I took when my husband and I were walking through a decorated neighborhood recently.  There were 150 houses all lit up. Some had music that you could tune your car radio to and the lights would move to the beat of the music.  It was quite something!

Despite all the magnificent house decorations and opportunities to shoot entire lighting scenes, I went there for the sole reason of taking bokeh.   This image was originally all in gold, so I changed it to black and white and then used a mask and brush to reveal the gold.  I’ve included the original at the bottom in a slideshow with some other bokeh shots.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Christmas Bokeh - Selective Color

Christmas Bokeh – Selective Color

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For the entire gallery, please check Leanne Cole’s blog later today.



In the Meantime….

Before I set out on my nighttime Christmas light escapade where I will be attempting to capture the season’s outdoor decorations, I looked into the recesses of my computer’s hard drive for an unprocessed picture.

The photo I decided to work with was taken on my iPhone from Ocean Beach in San Francisco.  It’s rare you see vehicles on the beach unless they are law enforcement vehicles, so I thought it was an interesting juxtaposition.

I posted the “after” picture first and then the way it originally looked directly below.

After Processing:


Before Processing: