Multiple Exposure Experiments – Fantasy Garden

Creating Art of the Mind – Reality need not apply

My Fantasy Garden – It exists only in the imagination

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Technical – Nikon D300, Nikon 35mm 1.8 DX, 1/100 sec, f/3.5, EV=-1/3, ISO200, WB=Cloudy, multi-segment metering, aperture priority, RAW capture, hand held; 100% in camera 5-shot multiple exposure

Made by shooting five separate floral images for a 5-shot in-camera multiple exposure (if you don’t shoot Nikon or Fuji, you can do this in Photoshop with layers)

Hand held (wow, I never do that) with a fast prime lens for more freedom and flexibility. I had to walk around in the flower garden to make the five separate images and didn’t feel I needed to drag a tripod with me as precise composition (my reason for a tripod) wasn’t critical.

Almost any lens will work

Lots of possibilities  depending on lens, number of exposures, subjects & subject mixes, subject distance…. – the possibilities are endless. This was my first try at this type of multiple – seat of the pants. Over the next few days I’ll be a bit more methodical and try to learn what works & what doesn’t.


  • ? A work in progress. Tune in again when I experiment a bit more. I’m sure that good composition is still important – just not sure exactly what that means with this technique and, more importantly, how to do it since the final image is somewhat random (unless you can hold and meld all of those separate exposures in your mind). 😉


Capture NX2 (with Color Efex Pro 3 plug-in) for color & tonal contrast adjustments as described in these two posts


Over the past week I described other multiple exposure techniques including –



Last night, as I was going to sleep, I thought of today’s technique. What – you count sheep instead of multiple exposures?  😉 Today was day #1 of a new experiment.

Don’t you get tired of making the same old images over & over. After a while your enthusiasm begins to wan. Why not experiment with things that are new – new equipment, new techniques, new styles, ….??? You won’t get anything new by doing the same old same old. I think it was Einstein who defined insanity as doing the same thing over & over again and expecting to see a different result. Are you crazy?? 😉


Here is part 2