Link to “before and after” of this image:
Canon 5DMkIII, Canon 40mm f/2.8, 1/60 sec at f/4, ISO 800.
Composite image, processed using Photoshop and onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 7
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As a photographer, sometimes I know exactly what I want to create. I’ve photographed images where I could completely visualize the photograph in my head, and when I created it the image came out exactly as planned (and sometimes even better!). But what about those moments when we know we want to create something, but don’t know exactly what?

On this year’s Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk (PDX edition) I ran into that very conundrum. I knew I wanted to make something beautiful, but wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to photograph. So, I strayed away from the group to do my own thing (my brain processes things differently when I’m by myself) and decided I would just find ingredients for a photograph and then see if I could piece them together, bit by bit, and make something out of it.

Eventually inspiration found its way and I knew what I wanted to do …

… I photographed textures, textiles, and even found a few interesting architecturally interesting compositions, which I then ended up using as my canvas to mold and blend the other pieces of my photographs together. What I ended up with was a building that doesn’t really exist … and I had a lot of fun with the compositing, too :)