Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


Prelude to Halloween – Monochrome Madness

Halloween is almost upon us and I can’t help but get in the mood a bit early.  BOO!

The house is an old victorian built in the 1870’s as part of an upscale residential neighborhood which is now known today as Preservation Park.  I’ve posted a few images from this tiny park in the past, but this house really spoke to me on a cloudy day and oddly enough it got lost in the shuffle of my images until recently.

Today this house, and other houses in the neighborhood are used as offices and as an event center.  You can find out more about this beautiful park here:

Please check out Leanne Cole’s blog later for the entire gallery.

The House Down the Lane - Monochrome Madness

The House Down the Lane – Monochrome Madness


Light Seeker – Monochrome Madness

It’s Monochrome Madness time again!

Once again I found myself at Preservation Park in Oakland, California.  This tiny park packs a picturesque punch with colorful foliage and Victorian architecture.  The park is actually a re-creation of a Victorian neighborhood where they hold events and meetings.   Last time I was here I focused on the beautiful flowers and I wanted to get back to try my hand at the architecture.  (Whew, all that hammering has made me tired, lol.)

I love looking for contrast now and am starting to see it more which is encouraging.  When I first started photography, all I could think of was color.  Don’t get me wrong, I still adore color and even in color photographs contrast is important.  What I’ve noticed, though, is that looking for B&W images before I take the picture rather than converting a previous image I didn’t initially intend for B&W is a different skill set.  At least that’s what it seems to me.   I’m hoping the intent shows in my images whether it be B&W or color.  I will say, this challenge has been invaluable in teaching me to look for light which is paramount to all photographs.

The entire challenge can be found here on Leanne Cole’s Site “Monochrome Madness”  so please check it out.  There are so many good photographers there!

Preservation Park, Oakland

Preservation Park, Oakland