Macro Mondays: Double Exposure and Happy New Year!

Monday, January 8th, 2018

This week’s theme for the Flickr Macro Monday group is “Double Exposure.” From this week’s instructions (from Steve Crawford):

For Monday January 8 we will focus on technique rather than subject matter. The theme for the week is “double exposure.” In the film days, a double exposure was just that – taking two exposures without advancing the film so the two images overlay each other. The digital era opens up more possibilities allowing exposure values to be added (similar to film), averaged, emphasize the lighter or darker parts of the two photos, etc. There are a lot of choices and areas for experimentation. You can create a double exposure in many ways. If you are shooting film, you can do it the traditional way by not advancing the film. In digital cameras double (sometimes called “multiple” in menus and manuals) exposure is a common option. You will need to check your camera manual for details. For phone shooters there are numerous free and paid apps for both Android and iOS. Finally, you can post-process to create double exposure images in Gimp (free), Photoshop, and many other photo editing programs.

I’ve put together a gallery of examples to illustrate the concept: www.flickr.com/photos/stevecrawford/galleries/72157661948…
B&H has a video on creating double exposures in Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP0HEfjPv_Q
While not about macro nor exclusively about double exposure, in camera techniques by Lindsay Adler has many interesting ideas: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXUw8ug5FOg
Of course one has to include the Flickr blog post on (non-macro) double-exposures: blog.flickr.net/en/2014/08/19/double-exposures-2/

IMPORTANT NOTES: Since this is, after all, Macro Mondays, BOTH images must be macros. The usual rule against diptychs, triptychs and collages still applies. The images must be overlaid on each other. Be sure to tag your photos #MacroMondays and #DoubleExposure and remember to make it your New Year’s resolution to re-read and follow all the group rules.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of my friends and family! 2018 is going to be a year of catching up on personal projects and recording more everyday moments of my family. I will continue to participate in Macro Mondays on Flickr because I love macro and the themes are challenging and artistic. I still have a few things to share in the coming weeks from 2017 and will be posting a couple of times a month on the blog with personal images, but MM will happen every Monday barring travel or illness.

This image is an in-camera double exposure. It’s incredibly easy to do… the hard part is coming up with the concept! Since I hadn’t posted for the New Year yet, I thought of incorporating champagne and sparkles to celebrate the beginning of 2018. The base image is a glass of champagne… the top third of the glass. The overlaid image is the same gold glitter ball that I used in the Christmas bokeh theme, reshot for the in-camera double exposure. This was a fun challenge and something I’d like to continue to explore.

New Braunfels macro double exposure photographer

Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/5.6 | 1/200 | ISO 1600

I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their year! Thanks for looking!

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