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.
Beautiful results. It looks like a woven piece, a tapestry. Love it!
Yes, you could, Pat. Once you get all the layers in the same image, you can select a layer and move it around. If you wanted more random overlap, you’d have to use a special key along with the arrow key to keep it from trying to go up/down/left/right only, so you could shift it diagonally a bit too. But for this you wouldn’t need that special key combo. SO just think about all the images in your files that this might be fun to try out on!!
The possibilities are endless! Thanks, Brenda.
Very very lovely. And I suppose that you could something similar with only 1 image? Create 13 duplicate layers and move each one of them a bit and use the same opacity formula?
Very nice. It looks as if the trunks are dancing!
Thanks, Mark. It does give a feeling of movement to the image, I agree!