Otherwordly Double Exposures

One balmy day in San Diego, while on a solo-walk through a particularly blooming Cardiff neighbourhood, I thought to myself, "man... you've taken a million pictures of flowers, are you really going to make more?" "well... yes, yes I am. I can't not do it." Though frustrated with a little lack of inspiration, I decided to click away. 

Something weird happened when my camera stopped taking pictures properly. I assumed that I had cursed the contraption.. it seemed to be rebelling against me for having doubting thoughts. Frantically flicking through the menu, it seemed to be glitched out and broken.

Something or someone (definitely not me), somehow switched my camera to a setting I did not know existed. Let me note that I was taking normal photos just moments before this. The camera switched itself to 'multiple exposures'. At the time I seriously concluded that the fairies, the universe, the goddesses what have you, did me favor. I mean... what was that?? 

To my amazement, my original problem was solved, and I found myself shooting original photos. It allowed me to play with juxtaposition of light, shape, texture, color and something new: luck. I could now just freely play, and become excited with the surprising results. It may sound 'airy fairy' but I truly like to think that I found a special funky pocket of magic. 

And here's how its done (using my Nikon600):

The Settings

 Menu --> Shoot Menu --> Multiple Exposure Mode --> Click it 'ON' (apologies for the faded buttons)

Menu --> Shoot Menu --> Multiple Exposure Mode --> Click it 'ON' (apologies for the faded buttons)

 Select On (series) to play around for more then just one (because you'll become addicted I swear)

Select On (series) to play around for more then just one (because you'll become addicted I swear)

 I'd start off with 2 shots to get the hang of it. And now you're set. 

I'd start off with 2 shots to get the hang of it. And now you're set. 

The Shooting

  • don't overthink it but think a little bit (try classically composing the first shot, and then pointing at anything for the second shot). 
  • think of it like painting with your eyes closed. let your mind go. its another form of meditative photography 
  • click here, then click there, observe how the colors and textures overlap, then re-compose

If you're not super inspired by the outside world, do what I did at the end of a grey gloom winter:

 In this case I got weird and placed color gels on top of my plants. I jumped from side to side, waiting for some miraculous overlaps.

In this case I got weird and placed color gels on top of my plants. I jumped from side to side, waiting for some miraculous overlaps.

 ALWAYS remember ( especially  when just starting out), that you will most likely end up with 90% not-so-nice photos. DO NOT be hard on yourself. I repeat. DON'T be mean to your creative side or it will shrink back and pout like a little kid. 

ALWAYS remember (especially when just starting out), that you will most likely end up with 90% not-so-nice photos. DO NOT be hard on yourself. I repeat. DON'T be mean to your creative side or it will shrink back and pout like a little kid. 

 So keep one or two images out of the huge bunch, and go have fun playing a little bit with the curves and levels afterwards. 

So keep one or two images out of the huge bunch, and go have fun playing a little bit with the curves and levels afterwards. 

Viola! If you try this, I would truly love to see the results, feel free to hashtag #MZeyesclosed, or post on my FB. If you have any questions at all, I'll do my best to answer them for you. Have fun!

 

To see the images from the travel/discovery story, click here