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Introductions – Laura Macky

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Laura Macky and I haven’t known each other for long, but during that time she has become a great friend.  Now we do the Monochrome Madness Challenge together and that has been great too. Emails are always going backwards and forwards.  I know you know her, but I thought you might like to get to know her a little better.  You might say I thought it was time to do one of my introductions posts on her.

cockpit2-webMost of you are aware of her monochrome work.  She picks some great images to do in black and white.  She has a great eye for photographs and it is a joy to look at her work and see what she does.

I asked Laura why she takes photos.

I take photos because my original hobby of being a pianist went by the wayside when I developed nerve damage in my hands and had problems with my right leg which made it hard to pedal the piano.  I missed expressing myself artistically, so I thought perhaps taking pictures might be a good outlet.  I started about four years ago on my first DSLR but in the last year I’ve been more serious about it.  After all, in order to express a myriad of human emotions through the lens of a camera, it takes technical and artistic effort which I’m enjoying trying to improve upon.  I love a challenge!

organ-webPhotographing architecture is something I have a real passion for and I think Laura does too.  I like the way she sees things,  the angles she chooses to photograph things.  It is great seeing all her architectural images.

I asked Laura about inspiration.

One inspiration is my drive to always be better.  I’m that way in general and I try to translate that into developing my skills in photography.  It’s also inspiring when I make a connection with someone else through one of my images in that they are seeing and feeling the same thing I do.  Lastly, there is a lot inspiration gained from the incredible images I see every day here on Word Press. I look at them and wonder how they process their images and try to pay attention to how they see things.  That really helps to open my mind a lot more creatively.

lighthouse3-printLandscape and the natural environment are not something that I am very good at doing, I don’t think, I do love seeing other people photographing this.  I find a lot of inspiration in seeing what other people do, and Laura is no different here.  I love seeing how she photographs the landscape, but also how she processes it.  That is important to me as well.

I asked about her gear and if there was anything special about the way she worked.

I usually try to think of the emotion I feel when I see something through the lens and then I try to convey and enhance that in post processing.  I’m a huge fan of Nik Efex plugins, so I usually use those to fine tune my images.  As for gear, I have a Nikon D7100, three filters, and a few lenses.  I love my little 35mm 1.8 lens and my wide angle as well as my telephoto.

moon2-webI loved seeing the moon images as well.  You know know that it is something I want to do more of, so I was really happy when I was going through her blog and seeing some images with the moon in it.  They are great.

I want to thank Laura for letting me do my introduction post on her.  I would love it if you could visit her blog, Laura Macky, and see how wonderful her work is.  I have a gallery of images for you to look at now. Please enjoy.  I have you have had a great break.

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  1. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    Stunning images! Happy Easter!

    April 21, 2014
    • Happy Easter to you too Jackie, her work is very stunning.

      April 21, 2014
  2. Great photographs! I see why you like her work! Now I have to follow another photographer :-)

    April 21, 2014
    • I hope you continue to enjoy her work Barbara, I love it, she is also a really nice person. :)

      April 21, 2014
      • Next time I come to Melbourne I PROMISE To meet up!!?

        April 21, 2014
      • I would really like that Barbara.

        April 21, 2014
      • :-) Me too!

        April 22, 2014
      • :)

        April 22, 2014
  3. I follow her blog and her work is excellent.

    April 21, 2014
  4. Wow she is very clever .. Super photography’s. Thank you for sharing .. :)

    April 21, 2014
  5. I believe that I know Laura pretty well. She’s actually the one who inspired me to set up a blog on WP.
    I was first drawn to her through seeing her incredible images on Google+ and we have developed a very nice online relationship from that.
    I always smile when I see that she has posted another blog…more inspiration :-)
    Thank you Leanne for profiling her.
    Cheers!

    April 21, 2014
    • You’re welcome DAn, that is wonderful to hear how inspirational she has been for you. I know what you mean, I think of her as a friend now.

      April 21, 2014
    • she encouraged me to do the same!!

      April 22, 2014
      • I guess she’s just that way. A good online buddy to have, for sure! Cheers!

        April 22, 2014
      • Most definitely.

        April 22, 2014
  6. Hi, Leanne: Very nice post. I recently became aware of Laura’s work and became one of her followers just a few weeks ago. It was great to see this well-deserved recognition.

    April 21, 2014
    • Thanks Robin, that is fantastic, I’ve got to know her a lot better through the MMC and it has been great, we need lots of people like her on WordPress.

      April 21, 2014
  7. A beautiful photo and blog tribute to an inspiring artist and photographer. Laura’s work is always breathtakingly magical :-)

    April 21, 2014
    • I agree Andrew, it always is, I really enjoyed looking through her blog. :)

      April 21, 2014
  8. I can see now why you’ve been inspired to take more night photos Leanne. Laura’s photo of the moon is stunning.

    April 21, 2014
    • Isn’t it, I’m a tad jealous of it, but I am sure with practice I can get similar shots.

      April 21, 2014
      • I would love to be able to take photos like this one. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do.

        April 21, 2014
      • I will have to practice, I’ve only tried photographing the moon a couple of times, but would like to do more. Will let you know how I go Carol.

        April 21, 2014
  9. Your photos are always so amazing!! Even things that I would look at and think, “This would never look beautiful as a photo.” you capture so well. I absolutely love looking at any photo you post.

    April 21, 2014
    • These are not my photos, but thanks for the compliment. I do think Laura has a very natural way of taking photos and I love looking at her work.

      April 21, 2014
  10. Some stunning images. Love the long shot of the lighthouse, and the very last gallery shot of the flower against the simple background, oh, and the moon peeking from behind the tree… all of them, really. Thanks Leanne for sharing.

    April 21, 2014
    • You are welcome and I know what you mean, I had a hard time working out my favourite, haha, it was too hard.

      April 21, 2014
  11. awesome pics!

    April 21, 2014
  12. Incredible photos! :)

    April 21, 2014
  13. Thanks for sharing those photos ~ they’re beautiful!

    April 21, 2014
    • You are very welcome, great to see that you like them.

      April 21, 2014
  14. I met Laura through your blog a while ago Leanne – and what a pleasure it has been to know Laura and to have photographic conversations with her. She has a great imaging eye and it is hard to believe she has not been shooting photographs all of her life – she really is that good. Thanks for introducing her to everyone.

    April 21, 2014
    • I feel exactly the same way Robert. I thought it was time to do it, and it has been wonderful to see how everyone loves her.

      April 21, 2014
  15. wonderful images!

    April 21, 2014
  16. You’re preaching to the converted here in regard to Laura. She’s an awesome photographer and a pretty good egg too. lol

    April 21, 2014
    • I think so too Suz, glad you already know about her and follow her.

      April 21, 2014
  17. I am just so loving these images, gorgeous x

    April 21, 2014
  18. Thank you, Leanne, for featuring me this week! I’m so honored that you would show my images in such a grand way. What a nice way to celebrate Easter! I love Word Press and am glad I’ve met such wonderful people here. I look forward to seeing everyone’s work!

    April 21, 2014
    • It is a pleasure Laura.

      April 21, 2014
      • :D

        April 21, 2014
      • Sorry about my reply before, I was on my phone and I don’t like to talk much on the phone.
        It is an absolute pleasure to do your blog today. It is so great hearing how many people already know you and the wonderful things they have to say about you. You really deserve it.

        April 21, 2014
      • Oh no worries at all. I didn’t take it negatively. I know how it goes sometimes here….the multi-tasking while checking blog posts. Thank you again, from the bottom of my sensor, lol.

        April 21, 2014
      • Haha, you are welcome. Being away and having limited access to the internet is always a challenge.

        April 21, 2014
  19. Wow, Wow, Wow. These are beautiful.

    April 21, 2014
  20. This was a wonderful post, very inspiring! I am very new to photography and am trying to learn from photo blogs on WP. Thank you for highlighting Laura’s work. It gives me hope to think that she started such a short while ago and is already so skilled. Perhaps there is hope for me yet!

    April 21, 2014
    • You are very welcome, there is always hope if you want to learn it you will. good luck.

      April 21, 2014
  21. The colors in the color photos are real intense.
    Love the b/w photo of the owl!

    April 21, 2014
  22. Two Great Photographers!

    April 21, 2014
    • Laura is a great photographer.

      April 21, 2014
      • You are too modest….before I lay my head on the pillow for the night….I can only hope to be as good as you leanne.

        April 21, 2014
      • I think you are already there, even past me.

        April 21, 2014
      • Bah! I almost spit out my morning coffee.

        April 22, 2014
      • You know, I really did do that the other day. I was drinking my coffee and I choked on it, I was at my computer and I coughed it out everywhere, haha, luckily it didn’t go on the computer.

        April 22, 2014
      • haha i think i remember you saying so. Glad you lived through it. Sometimes I wonder how I make it lol.

        April 22, 2014
      • So am I, haha, it was quite stressful, really it was. I had to clean it up.

        April 22, 2014
      • April 22, 2014
      • Leanne, you are just too funny, you both are!! :-)

        April 21, 2014
      • Haha, well I try to be, doesn’t always work, :)

        April 21, 2014
  23. Wonderful post about a photographer, person and friend I admire greatly too! :D Thanks for sharing this.

    April 21, 2014
    • That is wonderful to hear, I feel the same way about her. :)

      April 21, 2014
  24. Have always loved Laura’s work from the beginning. I love her eye for angles and architectural shapes. light and shadow, landscapes and everything!!

    April 21, 2014
    • That is brilliant Cybele. It is wonderful to show an artist that so many others like as well.

      April 21, 2014
  25. Beautiful images…..specially like the skies, clouds and night ones : ))

    April 21, 2014
    • She does have some great images Trees, glad you like them.

      April 21, 2014
  26. A lot of wonderful shots from a great photographer.

    April 21, 2014
  27. I love the lighthouse in your header!

    April 21, 2014
    • That is probably my favourite of Laura’s, I like lots of them, but that one I really liked.

      April 21, 2014
  28. You guys really complement one another. Bravo!

    April 21, 2014
    • Thank you Claire, that is such a nice thing to say.

      April 21, 2014
  29. Wonderful shots!

    April 21, 2014
  30. Stunning photography, something for young hobby photographers like me to aspire to! 😊

    April 21, 2014
  31. Laura’s work is gorgeous. So glad you highlighted her. Hope you had a wonderful holiday Leanne.

    April 21, 2014
    • I agree Edith, her work is all that, and thank you I did have a lovely break. I can’t wait to show the photos.

      April 21, 2014
  32. inspiring images Lean! love them all :XD

    April 21, 2014
    • Laura’s work is very inspiring, I am glad you find the same.

      April 21, 2014
  33. I think Laura’s work is stunning. I’ve been following her for a while, and she never disappoints. I love looking at the world through her eyes, for it is different than how I see it. The same goes for you, Leanne. I feel I gain SO much in looking at others’ work, and in so doing, I learn from them. Laura deserves every success!!!! Thank you for posting these images. (((HUGS))) Amy

    April 21, 2014
    • I feel the same way Amy, it is great seeing how others view the world. I think Laura is wonderful, and it is great to see how many people love her too. :)

      April 22, 2014
  34. Although I have already been following Laura’s blog, learning more about hre motivations and perspectives has been wonderfully enhancing! As always, excellent choices for photos to highlight. One of Laura’s strengths is her crisp, clean shots – something to aspire to!

    April 22, 2014
    • That is fantastic Paula, I don’t we do enough of that sort of thing on own blogs.

      April 22, 2014
  35. I totally agree with your sentiments of Laura, Leanne. She has a beautiful way of photographing landscapes and architecture. I learned about her blog through you when you posted the Monochrome Madness images when she offered the “lone” tree image, it caught my eye and I have followed her ever since. She is as generous with her comments and enjoyment of conversation as you are. I appreciate both of your talents greatly.
    It is so interesting to see another photographers work all together in a gallery, I love that feature of your “Introductions” posts. You get a real feel for their artist eye. I also love how each photographer you feature really does see something different through their lens. I learn so much. Thank you.

    April 22, 2014
    • Thank you Carrie, I love doing the introductions and finding people to post about, you never know, it might be you one day. Laura is a great person and I think what you said about her photography is very true. She likes to talk, like me, and I love talking with her. We email each other constantly now, which is lovely.

      April 22, 2014
      • It is so nice when you find a kindred blogger. Happy to know the two of you support each other so well. She has followed my blog as well, which I really appreciate her insights and just knowing a photographer I respect is enjoying my work. And, you are right, you never know…I am the first to admit I have a lot to learn and I am keeping my eyes open :)

        April 22, 2014
      • I think so too Carrie, it is wonderful. She really is a great person. I think we all have lots to learn, so it is great to have this wonderful community to learn all that. :)

        April 22, 2014
  36. Hi Leanne :) I didn’t knew Laura so far, so thanks for sharing her work on your blog, I’ll go on her page to have a look and from what I’ve seen so far she’s definitely have me as a follower.
    Wish you a lovely Monday!

    April 22, 2014
    • That is wonderful, it is great to introduce to you to someone new. I am sure you are now a follower, her blog is amazing.
      My Monday is gone now, but thank you, I hope you had a good one. :)

      April 22, 2014
  37. Your work is always a pleasure to view – enjoyed all the photos

    April 22, 2014
  38. Laura does wonderful work! I had already peeked in on her work because you had featured her images in a few posts previously.

    April 22, 2014
    • Yes, Laura is my partner for the Monochrome Madness posts. That is great to hear Tiny.

      April 22, 2014
  39. LB #

    Laura’s work is incredible and varied. I’d only heard of her through your Monochrome Madness Challenge, and only knew of that because a fellow blogger mentioned it. I guess I need to get on the ball and check that out, eh? :-)
    So thank you for this introduction!

    April 22, 2014
    • Laura is a great person, I have to say. Yes, you do, enter an image for our challenge, I know you do black and white, I’ve seen the images.
      You are welcome LB.

      April 22, 2014
  40. Very good! :)

    April 22, 2014
  41. One of my favorite photographers introducing another one of my favorite photographers :) Terrific post again this week Leanne!

    Laura, I’m so happy to see you being featured this week, as your work is so deserving of being shared to more and more people. Laura really has a special ability to capture emotion in her images, and that is one of the things that draws me to her work.

    Reading this post was a great way to end my workday ;)

    April 23, 2014
    • Thank you Shane. That is so nice to hear. I agree with everything you have said about Laura. :)

      April 23, 2014
  42. Great Clickz !!

    April 23, 2014
  43. Thanks for sharing Laura’s work here Leanne.
    I love her work!
    It is great to read more about our peers and their inspirations.
    I really enjoy your Introductions posts… it opens up our photography world even more :)

    April 24, 2014
    • You are welcome Robyn, I love sharing and I like that I have blog that I can really share with others. It is good to be able to do that. It seems my introduction posts are very popular, the only downside is trying to find people to introduce, sometimes I have to think, and it does take a little organising, something I’m not good at. haha. :)

      April 24, 2014
      • You do just fine :D
        They are such great posts!

        April 24, 2014
      • Thanks Robyn. I must start organising some others, I have someone for Monday, but no one for after that.

        April 24, 2014
  44. Stunning images!

    April 25, 2014
  45. Laura is very talent – seen her art in your’s B&W mad challenge, stunning images … here. The top photo is so cool … I suppose it’s an airplane and the moon is magical. What a great introduction!

    April 27, 2014
    • She is very talented and a very nice person too. Yes, I think it is an airplane. Glad you liked it Viveka.

      April 27, 2014
      • Easy to like Laura’s art.

        April 29, 2014
      • That is great to hear Viveka.

        April 29, 2014
  46. Stunning work.

    April 28, 2014
  47. Lovely introduction Leanne … and now I’ve more inspirational photography to follow ;-)

    April 29, 2014
    • Glad you like his work Poppytump, his work is very inspirational. :)

      April 29, 2014

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