While teaching in Colorado late September with my friend Charlie Borland of¬†ProNaturePhotographer, it seemed like the perfect time to do some multiple exposures. The grove of aspen trees in front of me were half-spent, which is what made me think about doing the multiple exposures. If the trees had all been full, yellow layered on top of more yellow wouldn’t give me a stippled effect. You need contrast of color and/or tonality to overlay and give you an impressionistic result that works. So look for color contrast or tonal contrast to get the best results.

I created 14 exposures for this one, moving up vertically in very small amounts. And then I took them into the computer, and after processing one Raw exposure, I synchronized them all, then opened them all in Photoshop and dragged 13 of them onto one file, to make a file with 14 layers. I then set about adjusting the opacity of each layer, at 100/x where x is the layer #. Working from the bottom layer up, I adjusted opacity. So as example for layer2, the opacity was set to 50%; layer 6, set to about 16%. I then applied the tonal contrast filter in Nik’s’ Color Efex Pro to give it more impact.

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