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b4light May 29, 2011, 05:19 PM
This was an experiment. My camera does not have a multiple exposure feature, so i thought to myself: "how can i make multiple exposures in-camera?"

I put an 8x neutral density filter and two polarizing filters - turned in relation to each other for minimum light transmission - in front of the lens, which was set to its minimum aperture (f/22). The light meter in the camera suggested a shutter speed of about 5 seconds, so I chose to make five "exposures" of one second each.

I used the bulb setting, pressed the shutter with the lens cap still on, took the lens cap off for about one second (just counting one mississippi), and then back on. While holding the shutter release pressed down, I moved closer to the subject, put the tripod down and leveled the camera before I took the lens cap off for another second. This I repeated until I had my five exposures, at which point I could finally let go of the shutter release. Of course, I could only use the viewfinder on the first exposure and would just have to guesstimate on the four subsequent ones.

I shot raw, which gave me control over the overall exposure and tonalities in adobe camera raw. For example, the black point was set quite high (50) to get the full range of tonalities you see here.

Picsel May 29, 2011, 06:01 PM
very sophisticated :)
Volker May 29, 2011, 06:47 PM
Very interesting experiment. I like the result. But do you think it was worth the effort? It could easily done in post processing. :-)
b4light May 29, 2011, 07:11 PM
Thanks Picsel and Volker!

Volker, I did this experiment to compare in-camera multiple exposures with what I can achieve in photoshop. While there, I also took a series of regular shots. I haven't processed them yet, but I'll probably post the result when I'm done.

Also, I thought the lack of control (for example not being able to see through the viewfinder, and the approximation of the exposure times) when doing it in-camera like I did here, could possibly add something unforeseen and interesting.

Allowing for something random in the creative process, can sometimes bring about inspiration and lead you in new directions, that you would never have thought about otherwise.

Dorota May 29, 2011, 07:42 PM
You are artsy and clever person. I agree - it's great to be creative but also it's good thing to allow yourself to play with a camera. Results may vary. Still it's worth trying.
This one I like very much.
Perkin-warbeck May 29, 2011, 07:49 PM
Thank you for explaining your process. I wish more people would document their experiments, and I agree that "in camera" methods should be tried whenever possible, even if a similar result can be achieved in PP.
helen birch May 29, 2011, 08:42 PM
jorgefotos May 30, 2011, 05:24 AM
b4light May 30, 2011, 05:07 PM
Thank you Dorota, Perkin-warbeck, nelly and jorgefotos!
garconsKé May 31, 2011, 03:54 PM
great shot~I like it!
b4light May 31, 2011, 08:36 PM
Thank you garconsKé!
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