Dancing Flora

One of the little used features of my antique Pentax ✩istD dSLR camera, was it has the ability to do in-camera multiple exposures. I can do up 9 exposures in a single frame. Trick with a multi exposure, is you reduce the exposure by one stop per frame, so a double-exposure you close the lens down by 1 full stop.

My first attempt was these Spring Beauties, 3 exposure frame of this grouping.

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I was hand holding to enhance the dance.  I did one frame way out of focus, and 2 frames with a slight focus adjustment, the breeze also added to the “Dancing Flora” effect. Next is a 4 exposure, and was slightly overexposed for a more airy effect. I enjoy how it looks like dragonflies in flight.

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I was hand holding hence the solid unmoving wall is repeated. The tulips I did one frame way out of focus, and 3 frames with a slight focus adjustment, the breeze also added to the “Dancing Flora” effect.

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A slight exposure adjustment with a 5 exposure image first and third frame out of focus like one does for the Orton Effect.

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Now I did a triple exposure one frame out of focus, with the following exposures adjusted on different blooms.

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Finally I noticed my Ferns were being shaking by my air conditioner exhaust.  I liked the visual effect so I went with a 4 frame exposure I focused on the frond in each layer. I added a bit of grain with Photoshop CS6.

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Overall there is some hit-and-miss with this technique, but when the image works it becomes magic.
Darrell A. Larose
© 2016 Ottawa

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