Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fun With Double Exposures

I just started experimenting with double exposure photography. My Pentax K-30 is capable of multiple exposures, and I've been meaning to play around with this feature for the last couple of months. Over the last few days I finally got around to it.
D Container - Tehachapi, California
Double exposures can be interesting because it is different than tradition photography: you are capturing two moments on one image. You are bending reality.
Returning To Nature - Tehachapi, California
Two random images combined together are rarely interesting. Multiple exposures require thought. You must have vision in order to make a successful double exposure photograph.
Death of Mother Nature Suite - Tehachapi, California
It's important to consider what you want together on one image. These things should make a statement that is stronger together than if they were separate. Objects that don't seem like they should be together--industry and nature, for example--can be commentary when placed on one image.
The Nature of Rail Lines - Tehachapi, California
Once you know what you want together, then comes the hard part: figuring out how to best make a double exposure. Similar tones will become muddy on top of each other. Light tones will wash out. Dark tones will become transparent. You really have to think about shades of light and what it will mean for the finished photograph.
Wired Ears - Tehachapi, California
If one of the digital captures are silhouetted or high-contrast, that can make for a dramatic double exposure photograph. Consider shapes that are easily recognized, even with most of the details lost. Consider where you want to retain details and where you wish to lose details.
Reaching For A Book - Tehachapi, California
Experiment with different ideas. See what happens when you do this or that. Be creative! But, most of all, have fun.

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