Posts Tagged ‘“Liz Mackney Photography”’

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Wishing you and yours all of the blessings of the Holiday Season.

Wishing you and yours all of the blessings of the Holiday Season.

Topaz Glow – Just Released!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Electrify Your Photos With Brilliant Effects!

You can end 2014 with glowing colors! From December 9th through December 31st, Topaz Labs is running a great promotion on their newest product: Topaz Glow.

Glow can be used as a stand-alone or a plugin to transform your photos from dull to dazzling. Containing more than 70 unconventional and quirky filters, you can infuse your images with neon, graphic, liquid and other electrifying effects.

Special Introductory Price

To take advantage of the discounted introductory price of $49.99 (regularly $69.99) simply click here and enter this coupon code at checkout:  INTROGLOW


Artsy Swans

Topaz Glow Preset Graphic Sketch II

Topaz Glow – Graphic Sketch II

Field of Dreams


Topaz Glow – Fur and Feathers III

Up, Up and Away!

Hot Air Balloon soars towards the moon.

Topaz Glow – Glowing Wires III

Sunflower Standout

Solitary Sunflower with Topaz Glow applied

Topaz Glow – Air Brush I

Kaleidoscope With A Little Kick

Kaleidoscope Pizzazz

Topaz Glow – Wire Whiskers I

Now let’s see where you and Topaz Glow can take your images!

 ~ Liz

Topaz Labs – Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale!

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Mark Your Calendar!

It’s that time of year again. Chilly temperatures, pumpkin pies, and Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales!

From November 28th through December 1st, Topaz Labs is offering their Topaz Photography Collection (all 15 products) for only $249.99. Whether you want to achieve stunning photo enhancements or apply artistic effects, this unique collection has you covered.

Any time between Friday, November 28th, and Monday, December 1st, simply CLICK HERE and enter this coupon code:  BLACKFRIDAY2014 


I love the Topaz Collection. Don’t miss this great opportunity to take your photography to the next level!

~ Liz

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014


Wishing you and yours a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

~ Liz Mackney Photography


Pet Portraits — Pixel Bender Oil Paint Filter

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Puppy Pet Portrait using Pixel Bender Oil Paint Filter

Mia, Age 4 Months

Captured My Heart

When I first spotted Mia at the Cape Ann Animal Aid shelter in Gloucester, Massachusetts, she instantly caught my eye. I had no intention of getting a dog that day, as I already had three cats at home and was simply on my way to the pet store for cat food.

While on my way to the store, I happened to walk past the shelter. Suddenly I heard dogs barking in the shelter’s outside pen. It was a bright, sunny day in April 2010, so I decided to say a quick “hello” to the pups. As I approached the outdoor area, the dogs all came running, barking and jumping up against the fence. All but one little black dog who didn’t make a sound. She simply sat down and looked up at me with eyes that reached into my soul. Right then and there, I knew she was mine. She had completely captured my heart.

Meant to Be

Mia is a rescue pup (SATO) from Puerto Rico. Her start in life was a tough one. Life on the streets for a dog there can be cruel. Having just lost my brother to ALS, I was dealing with my own emotional pain. Looking into her eyes I said, “I think I’m meant to heal your broken heart, and you’re meant to heal mine.”

We’ve been together ever since.

They Grow Up So Fast

With such an emotional start to our relationship — and me being a photographer — pet portraits of Mia have become a part of our lives. For the image above, the Pixel Bender Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop CS5 was the perfect match for what I envisioned for this shot when I “rediscovered” it while looking through Mia’s “baby pics” the other day.

I took the original shot back in 2010 — and loved it then. Years later, now that the Pixel Bender plugin exists, its Oil Paint filter seemed like a perfect fit for Mia’s natural fur pattern and soulful expression. I’m glad I decided to process the image again from an entirely new creative perspective.

Note: Click on the image to view at full size.

Food For Thought

As I discovered, when new software plugins become available, it’s always a good idea to look back in your photo archives to see what images may benefit from them — or what favorites may be taken to a whole new creative level.

Faux DOGUE Magazine Cover

My Cover Girl

As you can see, Mia will always be a creative muse for me.

~ Liz Mackney

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