And another thing...
That title was the slogan we used to use when I was head of a research group. charged with getting something new for a company. You need to change the way you do things and the way you think about things if you want to get to achieve something different. This is of course true with photography. I once posted a photo to Flickr entitled "you can only take pictures where you are" - I want to take pictures of coastlines and sunsets but I can't if I'm not there, so you do the best with what you have. This post is about trying something new and being surprised by the results.
I've known about multiple exposure photographs for a long time. I've seen the bright and ethereal results you can get with Orton effect and how they originated from overlaying multiple slides with different exposures for example. But I could reproduce all this in photoshop, and with much more control. I've seen examples of overlaying textures, or flora in the shape of people done in camera. But again I have always thought what's the point, I can do that in processing. Nevertheless, in these lockdown times there is space to explore what my camera can do. I had also been wondering exactly how some photographers get the effects that they do whilst using no post processing (see the awesome Henrik Spranz ) and wondered if multiple exposure was a possibility.
So I found out how to do and went into my garden to play about with it. It didn't take me long to realise that I could see interesting results right there on the camera and see if things worked or not. I played around with things like adding shots where one is out of focus like Orton) or where one frame is zooming and that was fun. But really fired up the neurons in my brain was when I started to rotate the camera. You maintain the symmetry of circular subjects whilst creating an ethereal surrounding. This was something hoped for but unexpected and here are a few of the results.
This is something I will continue with and perhaps produce a collection when I have a wider range to choose from. I will also explore other combinations of frame changes. Whilst it is true that I can do all this in post processing, I never do! I was always focusing on taking the individual photo not on the creative process. Then when you get to the computer it can take quite a while process all this. In camera is quicker, takes up less time and less storage space. I'm doing something different and getting something new.