Images within Images

I thought I would try bringing together some elements of my existing images to form one new image that works to a theme. All the component images are of the same topic.

This type of image is very useful to designers, who often have a need for images to use as page headers, especially when designing websites.

Here is a good example of what I'm talking about.

This first one has a 'financial' theme

Coins and banknotes - International currency

It's important not to reduce the sales of each of the component images, so I try to only use a thin slice out of each of the original images.

And here are some more examples. I think the themes are fairly obvious.......

Red Roses - Valantines Day

Valentines Day, Romance, Love.

Cooking Spices - Flavoring and Seasoning

Herbs and Spices

Cakes, Sweets, Deserts - Baking

Cakes and Baking

Food - Fresh Fruit - Page Header

Fresh Fruit

Green Tea - Herbal Tea

Oriental Green and Herbal Teas

Alcoholic Drinks

Alcoholic Drinks - Spirits, Wine, Champagne and Brandy

Wild Mushrooms

Wild Mushrooms

Food - Fresh Vegetables - Page Header

Fresh Vegetables

I then thought why not try doing the same thing with some of my 'travel' and 'wildlife' images.........

Sights of Myanmar - Burma

Myanmar (Burma) - Yangon, U-Bein Bridge, Monywa, Inle Lake and a monastery at Bago (Editorial)

Wildlife - Big Cats

Big Cats - Jaguar, Lion Cub, Male Lion, Leopard and Cheetah.

Landmarks of China

China - Shanghai, Great Wall, Beijing, Guilin, the Terracotta Army at Xian.

Greenland and the High Arctic


Sights of Myanmar - Burma

Myanmar (Burma) - Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan and Monywa

Moai of Easter Island - South Pacific

Moai of Easter Island, South Pacific Ocean.

Krakow - Poland

Krakow, Poland.

Landmarks of Iceland


Tropical Paradise - The Maldives

The Maldives

Luxury vacation - South Pacific Islands

Fiji, Tahiti, Cook Islands and Tuamotu Islands in the South Pacific

Luxury vacation - South Pacific Islands

Cook Islands in the South Pacific

Rio de Janeiro - Brazil - South America

Rio de Janero, Brazil

The Island of Malta


Tibet Autonomous Region of China

Tibet - Gandan Monastery, Potala Palace in Lhasa, Gyantse Kumbum. (Editorial)


Wildlife, Birds

Galapagos Islands Wildlife

Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)

The Falkland Islands - Islas Malvinas

Falkland Islands

I also made a few using some of my 'medical' and 'industrial' images.........

Medicine - Treatment

Industry - Science - Technology

Types of Energy Production - Power

Types of Power - Wind, Nuclear, Solar and Fossil Fuel

Painting and Decorating

Handicrafts - Sewing and Embroidery

I hope you like what I have produced and this gives you some new ideas to give a boost to your own portfolio.

All Images: ©Steve Allen


Photo credits: Steve Allen.
  • Mrallen
  • Langton Village, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
I was a professional Industrial / Commercial photographer for over 26 years, before leaving commissioned work to become a full-time Stock Photographer. I first started shooting stock in 1972 as a supplement to my commissioned work, however, since early 2001 my entire income has come from shooting Stock images.

I now have just over 100,000 image placements in my current multi-agency portfolio.

Most of my income comes from the range of mainstream agencies I submit to. The 11 microstock sites I submit to now produce about 30% of my total income.
Dreamstime sales account for about 12% of my total turnover.

My portfolio includes RM, RF and Editorial images. Some images are exclusive some non-exclusive.

Have a look at my list of 91 COLLECTIONS
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Well over half of my work is now Travel or Wildlife Photography.
I'm a 'travelaholic' and have so far visited 96 countries & territories on all seven continents, including both Antarctica and the Arctic (Greenland, Svalbard Islands and the North Atlantic sea ice).


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April 11, 2015

Beautiful pictures and great collections.Thanks for sharing and greetings from the Caribbean.


March 21, 2015

Great images!


March 21, 2015

I love all your photo's. I would think that even if you combined 3 or 4 together you could still use each one individually as well.? I see that as a plus for your portfolio for sure. I am impressed by all the places you have been, definitely well traveled. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.


March 20, 2015

Great collection, your work inspires me!


March 20, 2015

What a cracking idea, and well put together. Thank you for sharing


March 20, 2015

Superbly executed idea. You have lots of very high quality images that work really well together using this approach. Thanks for sharing.


March 20, 2015

Excellent ideas. As you mentioned, the key is choosing what slices to include. I'm thinking these could be used for a lot of applications but especially website headers. Thanks!


March 20, 2015

Very, very nice. I have noticed that things like this tend to do very well on Dreamstime. Hopefully, it will all be well worth your time. Your pictures are beautiful, stunning and very colorful. Great Job! Thanks for sharing.


March 20, 2015

Beautiful images


March 20, 2015

Beautiful work and well done. Great colors and composition!


March 20, 2015

beautiful image


March 20, 2015

You worked hard, thank you !


March 19, 2015

Superb effect i really like all of them but as you have mentioned the danger is that you are giving away potentially four good pictures for the price of one. Just have to be careful and crop them instead of throwing in full image but that's exactly what you have done and it looks awesome!
Photoshop ?