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.
Most 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!
Photographing 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.
Landscape 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.
I 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.