Multiple Exposures – a Slide Show Example

One of the biggest attractions for me when moving from the Nikon D70 to the D300 was the D300’s ability to capture multiple exposures. I went out to the flower beds this morning to enjoy the morning air and to make some multiple exposures. I used a 75-300 zoom lens because of the zoom and, equally, because it has a lens collar which allows allow the camera to be rotated in infinitely small increments when attached to a tripod. This combination –

  • Multiple exposures
  • Zoom
  • Rotation
  • Pretty flowers

can lead to some pretty images – if you’re into that sort of thing.

An earlier lesson, Camera Motion & Multiple Exposures, described these creative image making techniques in more detail.

This slide show illustrates just a small portion of what is possible. I mainly focused (bad pun) on a single Black Eyed Susan which, because of its unique color as compared to the rest of the scene, provides an effective “initial-eye-capture” for the images. I also used a single composition (subject at lower left) for most images. Changing subjects, compositions, techniques, etc. could have kept me at this one spot for hours – but I left some for another day. All of the images are 10 exposures combined in-camera except

  • One image adds a double exposure to the mix by doing a 10-exposure shot and then combining that with a single (superimposed) shot of the subject – all done in-camera.
  • One image is a single exposure (1 second) vertical pan – an alternative to multiple exposures but more difficult to control.
  • All images are annotated.

Get your camera, go outside, and shoot. Let your imagination be your guide! When shooting multiples don’t stop at one set. The variability from one set to another is amazing – and virtually uncontrollable. If you stop after just one, you may not have gotten the best possible result. In the slide show that follows, I didn’t make any major effort to vary the result from set to set when using a specific technique (say rotate only); the differences you’ll note are “accidental”.

Click in the center of the slide show to open a new window. At the new window, click on the Full Screen option.

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