About six or so months ago, I rediscovered multiple exposure photography.
A good number of years ago, I was taking the ocassional multi exposure image, and putting them together in post production. Once I got a Canon that could do them in-camera, I added a few more. Time ticked on, and I was working for clients, and I didn’t have much time to make images for myself, and the experiment got put on the back burner….
Then towards the end of 2017, I was admiring the work of a Candadian photographer who was creating very impressionistic photographs using multi exposures. He was not doing them in camera, as each image he created was using upwards of 30 exposures. He said he’d been influenced by a photographer called Freeman Patterson – and after a short time, I was able to get hold of a book Freeman had written, called Photo Impressionism, and the Subjective Image.
Whilst the publication is quite an old one, and refers entirely to shooting with film, the actual process was easily translated into the digital world. He talked a lot about shooting images that only gave an impression of the whole, and in the use of shapes and lines, focused entirely on texture, and the nature of the surfaces.
Absorbed in the book, and tracing other photographers who were working the same way – I started to look at how these fascinating images were actually created.
It involved a lot of research, and tracking down different methods of working within Photoshop. Eventually though, I was able to work out how to align layers of images, and how to blend them together to give the kind of result I was looking for.
Once I fully understand how the layer stacking affects the final images, I’ll write a full blog piece. In the meantime I’m looking at shooting all sorts of things, and seeing what works and what doesn’t.
This is one of the first images I made using this multi shot technique. It uses around 40 images – stacked and blended to give the impression of the tree in front of a building. I’m working on refining the technique, and this next image is one of the town of Louth in Lincolnshire. It’s the indoor market hall tower clock, on a busy Maundy Thursday, and a shot I shall try again on an even busier market day. A mere 17 images this time….
The more images used, the finer the final image becomes, so somewhere in between there must be an optimum number of pictures to use. I tried one larger image with nearly 70 images, but it did not seem to be so successful. I have seen one photographer use this technique though with over 200 layers. I can’t imagine how big the final file would be.
I have uploaded a number of images onto my Flickr page (see the link to the right of the blog), and more are on my website
I’ll keep working………..