Laura Macky Photography

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Tulip Thursday

Every year I seem to get this crazy chest cold.  Hopefully some day soon I will get over it and be able to get out into life once again.  But until then, took a picture of some tulips on our kitchen counter and processed it into what I hope is a pleasing  image.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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One Photo Focus – February

For those of you who don’t know this challenge, it consists of everyone editing the same photo taken by one person.  Below you’ll find my image as well as the original image provided by Lens Addiction.   I will say this one was a real challenge for me and I almost gave up.

To see everyone’s submissions, please check out Stacy’s blog when you have time.  It’s always fun to see everyone’s edits!

Basic Process:

  • Straightened image and removed two ropes in front (just because I wanted to use the patch tool lol)
  • Isolated the sky and applied a color fill to add a yellow tone and remove the cloud contrast
  • Added a levels mask to the boat hull to bring out the detail
  • Applied Topaz Glow for a sketchy look
  • Applied Topaz Impression for some smudges here and there
  • Adjusted colors via hue/saturation mask
  • Added two textures using two layers with masks to reveal parts of the image
  • Added blur at top and bottom
  • Dodged and burned a few areas in the sky
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macky-onephotofocus-feb

Original by Stacy of Lens Addiction

Original by Stacy of Lens Addiction

 

 


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One Photo Focus – December

I can’t believe it’s almost the year anniversary for the One Photo Focus challenge.  My how time flies when you’re having fun, eh?   For those of you who don’t know this challenge, it consists of everyone editing the same photo taken by one person.  Below you’ll find my image as well as the original image provided by Julie Powell.   Please do check out Stacy’s blog when you have time to see everyone’s submissions.  It’s always fun to see everyone’s edits!

It seems everyone is doing textures these days.  While it’s not something I usually do in this way, I thought I’d give it a whirl; and since I’m enjoying our cool fall weather, I went for an autumn look.  I have to say that this was the hardest image for me to edit all year (thanks for that Julie! lol), but I truly appreciate the challenge because it pushes me to try and learn new things!

Basic Process:

  • Purchased some textures for my library.
  • Opened the flower image in Photoshop and added two different textures as layers above the flower.  One texture was autumn texture and the other was a paint stroke texture.
  • Cropped and extended the image to the right.
  • Added a mask to reveal more of the flower with varying opacities of a brush.
  • Added three different leaves as three layers and applied various blending modes and opacities.
  • Added a curve to the image.
  • Added a level mask to the flower to bring out the white in the flower.
  • Applied a few filters via Nik Efex Color Pro to the entire image
  • Added some light onto the upper right corner of the image.
  • Used the liquify tool to pull the upper left portion of the flower petals up and away to add better proportion to the image.
  • Added some sharpening.
One Photo Focus - December

One Photo Focus – December Edit by Laura Macky

Original by Julie Powell

Original by Julie Powell