On a weekend back in March, I had only a few hours to shoot, and it happened to be windy and sunny.
When conditions are not good for the kind of photography I favor, I resort to two techniques I do not normally employ: ICM (intentional camera movement) and/or ME (multiple exposure).
Last year, I posted a few photos using ICM, ICM Photography at North Table Mountain, Casual ICM photography, and A Study in ICM photography. Although I like that technique when I go to the ocean, I prefer to use ME for botanicals.
My Nikon Z50, a mirrorless camera, has a built-in multiple exposure function that can be accessed using the shooting menu. It allows me to pre-set the number of shots in a sequence, and preview the final picture in the live view. This video shows how to do it in the z5, a more expensive, full-frame version of my camera.
I took the feature photograph in three shots, with the lens (a 50 mm 1.8) wide open. A fast lens is necessary if you want to separate the subject from the background. I focused on the center of the flower, pressed the shutter, then moved the camera on to another flower. The blend mode I used was “average”. It turned out to be a good solution for getting all flowers in focus, and a blurred background, all in the same time.
I am quite pleased with the final result, and I am looking forward to exploring this technique more consistently this spring.
How about you, do you employ multiple exposure in your photography and, if so, do you do it in camera or in post-processing?
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