Today is a special day to reflect. Life’s timeline is multidimensional. The past, current, and future intermingle. As I look back and reflect on loved ones who have passed, a warm, peaceful, and grateful feeling comes into my heart. That feeling transcends into a contemplative outlook of what is yet to come.
It is a dreary winter day today. I needed a little brightness and whimsey. I looked to the brilliant display of Chihuly glass at the Seattle Museum of Glass. To add a little more energy, here is a 9-image vertical pan combined into a single image. Let your imagination flow!
I constantly look over my previous images to review how I have achieved a certain look so I can improve on it. Today I was reviewing my images for examples of pulling a viewer into the frame through the illusion of depth. Well, this image has nothing to do with that, but it still caught my eye.
The image is a double exposure of a couple of maples in their fall glory. They had strong dark branches with the leaves receiving side lighting. I was in a light playful mood, so I tried a double exposure. I like the way it came out.
This is an experiment to try to create an image that was in my mind when I shot this photo. The above image is the base image I captured. The sagebrush seems to blend into the background. I lost the 3D feeling that I had when I saw this bush. I first tried to add structure to the bush and delete structure from the background. That did not achieve what I wanted. I then tried black and white. That merged the brush with the background even more. I then tried to blur the background. That looked to “fakey” to me. I then blended the blurred B&W to the color image to come with the image below.
This came the closest to what I saw in my mind.
I got a little bored shooting in the garden. Nothing was “Popping” for me. So I thought I would have a little fun with multiple exposures. This image is a combination of a Pink Dogwood branch and a texture photo of a section of asphalt pavement. Magic happens.
To finish it off I decided to experiment a little with Topaz Impression. Here I used the Impasto I preset. Something a little different.
Fallen cherry blossoms covered the ground beneath the trees. I was able to get a few images before the lawn mowing gang cut the grass and swept away the beautiful blooms. The past few weeks are typically my favorite weeks in the garden each year. For a few days we are lucky to have the flowering pears, flowering plum, flowering crab apple, and flowering cherries all in bloom at the same time. It is peaceful and beautiful in the garden.
The image below is a new perspective using multiple exposures while zooming out.
A different look is achieved by a long exposure and a zoom pan as seen below.
Which one catches your eye? I like them all.
Impressionistic Cherry Blossoms.
I was having a lot of fun creating multiple exposures and just experimenting with various artistic ways of processing images when I came up with this combination. I first started out taking individual images of fallen cherry blossoms. I then experimented with multiple exposures (5 exposures in this case). I then further experimented with different artistic presets in Topaz Impression (Georgia O’Keefe II) to arrive at this image.
For reference, below is the 5 image multiple exposure:
Lesson Learned: Enjoy experimenting, you can never tell what you can come up with!
When things are working, keep the ball rolling. I was happy with the multiple exposure showed in my last post, so I thought I would try another as the wind was blowing the branches around. The multiple exposure feature of the 5D MkIII allowed me to see the combined image rather than waiting for post processing.
I was taking images of our flowering Bradford pear. I could not get anything that really caught my eye. Then the wind started blowing, the moving blossoms created a surrealistic image in my mind. How to capture this … why not try a multiple exposure. I took a 5 image multiple exposure slightly moving my camera, the wind took care of the rest.
Lesson Learned: Don’t give up. Work the image. Visualize and try something else.
Karen and I had planned a trip up to Hershey, PA to see the Hershey Rose Garden for quite some time. We delayed the trip one day due to an extremely severe rain and lightning storm that passed through the area. We knew that the gardens would be impacted, but went the next day anyway. The day was a beautiful bright summer day in the 80’s. However, the roses had been damaged by the previous day’s storm as expected. It was not the best for photography. It was time to get creative and try some different things.
The image above is an “in-camera” multiple exposure of a group of roses with a water fountain in the background. The first image was taken with a moderate depth of field at normal exposure. The second image was defocused and slightly overexposed. The combined image was adjusted for brightness with NIK Viveza and NIK Color Efex Pro. A painterly look was then added with Topaz Simplify.
No matter what the condition, there always seems to be something worth capturing.
For reference below are the two images that were combined.