Shooting in dark excites me to no end. Possibilities of composing a photo are simply limitless when the shutter remains open for as long as you want. That is what Long Exposure photography is all about. In my previous posts, I touched upon ‘Light Painting’ as a technique along with some of my pictures on the topic. In this post I would like to write on something I call ‘Single Exposure, Multiple Composition’. I am not trying to impress you with a jargon; I just couldn’t think of how to describe it better. As a matter of fact it shows my crudeness. I shall explain what it means.I call this photo ‘Apparition’. It is not done in Photoshop by combining many images into one (Typically employed in Multiple Exposure photos). Instead I have shot this photo with a single long exposure using the bulb mode. I asked my wife to change her position in the frame multiple times (as you can see 4 times) during the time the shutter was open. I captured each of her positions by illuminating her with a flashlight. The flashlight was switched off during her transition from one position to the next to avoid capturing her motion.Being in bulb mode, I could control the time the shutter was open for me to complete this photograph.Sounds interesting? The ghostly images of my wife make up for a splendid photo.
Shutter: 27s, f/5, ISO 200
This photograph to the right is based on the same principle of Single Exposure, Multiple Composition. I call it ‘Me Vs Me’. Here I switched my positions during the exposure time. The reason I call it Multiple Composition is because although I maintain my frame, I change the position of my subject relative to the frame. This technique renders some really creative photographs.
15s, f/20, ISO 1600
The classic way of composing a multiple exposure photograph is to shoot 2 different photos with different compositions each and fuse them. For many of you the photo on the right (‘My soul; always with you’) may seem to be the case in point. No, it’s not. Here I have literally captured 2 different compositions during one single exposure. First I captured my wife standing in the corridor of my house. Then I closed the door of my dark bedroom and flashed light on myself to capture my own image. The result- a spooky photo of myself juxtaposed with that of my wife.
10s, f/8, ISO 200
There are infinite ways in which you can apply your creativity to make single exposure, multiple composition photographs. I would like to see some photos that you may have created. Please share with me. I would love to discuss more ideas with people who share the same passion. Also, please feel free to critique my work or suggest improvements.
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