A Loose Vision

By | 2017-12-04T09:46:37+00:00 November 30th, 2012|26 Comments

Link to “before and after” of this image: http://bit.ly/11qDu32
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 :)

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website, nicolesy.com.


  1. Marie Hélène Visconti November 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm - Reply


  2. Bill Nash November 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    I've a love/hate relationship with rust. Love it,because it can be so impactful in images, adding age, mood, depth. Hate it, because I own Jeeps.

  3. Shelly Gunderson November 30, 2012 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Nice image with great textures.

  4. onkar bhatiya November 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    chicken changezi

  5. shruti kapoor November 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm - Reply


  6. shruti kapoor November 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    not natural but

  7. Ronal Valdez November 30, 2012 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Hi, I'm editor of a television station in Honduras, I love your work … always admire people from other countries that have more creativity, will also for the television and photography is more advanced, next year I'll go to school over there to learn much more and much more inspiring … I wish you more success you are very talented

  8. Drew Warren November 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Cool colors and textures. Great shot.

  9. Ali Taheri November 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm - Reply


  10. Amy Heiden November 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    I love the colors and textures here. Fantastic.

  11. Mike Tully November 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Beautiful composition and post processing.

  12. Mike Lippeth November 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Nice work +Nicole S. Young! Do you wear a hard hat when you do building construction?

  13. Retel Tulio November 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    none of these images exist on G+, and we invent the wheel every day

  14. Mike Ingold November 30, 2012 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    +Nicole S. Young, how do you like the 40mm pancake lens?

  15. Majeed Badizadegan December 1, 2012 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Nice textures

  16. Nicole S. Young December 1, 2012 at 4:04 am - Reply

    +Mike Ingold I love it, it's pretty much replaced my 50mm. Plus, it's so small I really just use it as a body cap in my camera bag :)

  17. Boris Manic December 1, 2012 at 10:41 am - Reply


  18. Ali Taheri December 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    that's so beauty

  19. 김상수 December 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    반가워요. 초라하진않치만 굉장히 위압감을 주네요. 마치미래전쟁같은

  20. Francisco José Granado Humanes December 2, 2012 at 6:08 am - Reply

    Qué guapada el HDR!!!

  21. RaMGoN GaLLaGHeR December 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Great HDR, Nice!

  22. Magazine Cover Composition December 6, 2012 at 6:26 am - Reply

    This looks really gorgeous i havn’t seen such a beautiful art since long.

  23. عادل حسن December 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm - Reply


  24. Ali Taheri December 9, 2012 at 5:14 am - Reply

    in chi bood dige ke ferestadi
    hadaghal ye chize bahal ya dorost befrest

  25. Ali Taheri December 9, 2012 at 5:14 am - Reply

    in chi bood dige ke ferestadi
    hadaghal ye chize bahal ya dorost befrest

  26. onkar bhatiya February 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    im perfect

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