As with Macro Week in week 5, I discovered my theme for this week by chance. I was scrolling through Instagram and saw some interesting double exposure images. As it happens often with Instagram, one thing led to another, and before long, I was deep into double exposure images. I love how the images evolve as your eyes see new components. They are so multi-dimensional and interesting. I decided to try my hand at a few this week, both in-camera and utilizing Photoshop. My only rule was that each component of the image created for that day had to have been taken on the same day.
Week 6: February 1 - 7, 2016
1. My first attempt at digital in-camera double exposure was with my younger son, while his brother was at a piano lesson. We took a quick drive over to a local park, where I successfully captured him in silhouette form, and then used the next frame of palm trees to "fill in" the dark portions of the first frame. I love how this came out. I received several comments that the image reminded people of an album cover.
2. We had a very rainy day, so getting a properly lit silhouette was difficult. Photoshop saves the day, though the look was more in-camera. This is a self-portrait and the texture portion is a throw pillow I've always loved.
3. This one was my first attempt with recreating the trendy surreal double exposures that are all over Instagram. My poor dog posed for me, you can tell by his expression that he was thrilled - but he's sweet and obedient, and he patiently waited for me to finish. The foliage is a vine wall in my neighborhood that I have always loved. In retrospect, I should have worked a bit more on this to extend the vines out a bit, but I didn't think this was bad for a first try.
4. I ruminated on all of the errors I made with the dog/vine image for most of the day and decided to try again. A wonderful, obliging friend stopped by in the middle of a torrential downpour to pose for a portrait, and I had taken the image of the branches from my front porch earlier in the day. I played around for a bit, and decided to colorize the branches for an interesting look. I am very pleased with how this came out.
5. I had an idea of incorporating text from a book with an inanimate object. These beautiful silk orchids seemed like the perfect fit - the result is very subtle, you really have to squint to see the text. However, I am still quite pleased with how this image turned out - I photographed the orchids on a green screen, and was successful in isolating the flowers to make them look like they were floating. It's a very dreamy image, and I love it.
6. A dear friend's daughter was getting ready for her annual Father-Daughter dance, so I popped by to take a few photos of her. We got some lovely images, but I really wanted to incorporate something special about the event with a portrait of her. Her father gave her lovely pink roses for the occasion, so I simply combined an image of her with the roses. I adore this image.
7. I wanted to do one more in-camera double exposure, and took the opportunity to do that with one of my sisters, who was visiting today. We happened to be at the beach, so I grabbed a few images of her in silhouette and near-silhouette, which I then overlayed with an image of the beach and ocean. It reminds me of something from the 70s, pretty gorgeous!
As with last week, I found that having a theme worked quite well. Not only was I able to try something new, I was able to take the time to work on new skills. Who knows if I would have tried the Photoshop version if double exposure was just a one time thing? And if I had, I doubt I would try it again several more times. Having themes helps me to think even more creatively - not only do I need to come up with a concept to photograph, I need to do it for seven days and do it in a way to keep everything fresh and interesting.
That said, I have no theme identified for Week 7 yet. It might end up being a wing-it kind of week, but we shall see.
Until next week!