Hands in the sweetie jar

by Helen Hooker September. 16, 2020 455 views
Combining two exposures to add more pillars to the architecture of Audley End

Combining two exposures to add more pillars to the architecture of Audley End

Our camera club was back in action this week, with a talk by Glenys Garnett about some of her creative photography techniques. She told us all about using intentional camera movement and multiple exposures – techniques she uses to create beautiful photos.

Inspired by this, I visited Audley End this afternoon with the express intention of trying some of these techniques. I felt like a child with their hands in the sweetie jar, not knowing which one to try first!

A double exposure of the wooden door of the house

A double exposure of the wooden door of the house

I tried most of the things she suggested, but stupidly forgot to write down which technique I’d used for which shot! All of these are multiple exposures of some shape or form – all done in camera. For some I’ve simply combined two or more differently composed frames, such as the wooden door and the first of my architecture photos.

A triple exposure of the same door, creating three handles

A triple exposure of the same door, creating three handles

For some I combined a sharply focused image with one where I’d intentional defocused the lens. This creates a wonderfully dreamy look, with a hint of gauziness. Elsewhere, instead of a defocused frame I chose one which used some intentional camera movement – this worked particularly well on the flowers.

A combination of two frames - one in defocused and one sharp

A combination of two frames - one in defocused and one sharp

The same technique with a flower

The same technique with a flower

My final technique was to combine two sharp images, focusing in different parts of the frame. This worked especially well with the trees, where a little movement in the foliage added to the effect.

Focusing in two different frames

Focusing in two different frames

The results are very unpredictable, and they won’t be to everyone’s taste. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the results of this first experiment and I’ll definitely be putting my hands in the sweetie jar again!

Intentional camera movement and a sharp image combined

Intentional camera movement and a sharp image combined

16 August 2020

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Rachele Schneekloth 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Esp. love #6, and the trees!

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Don Baird 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Looks like your are having fun.

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