Canon 5DMkIII, Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II lens, 1/6 sec at f/16, ISO 100 — © Nicole S. Young (

One thing I started doing recently is photograph beautiful clouds—only clouds—to use in future images. I have a collection set in Lightroom where I put things like textures and clouds to use in composites. I’m also starting to photograph backgrounds as well, just in case.

This is an image I edited and photographed last month (the one on the left), and the other day I wanted to see what it would look like with some puffy pink clouds in the background. I used ON1 Photo to do the work.

Overall I think it turned out nicely. The original simple blue sky is beautiful as well, just two different versions of a neat looking church. I also think it’s interesting how the church on the right looks like it’s leaning a bit because of the added clouds … does anyone else see that, too?