People email me and say 'David , where....' sorry it's usually 'Oi ,old man, where do you get these marmite based image tomfoolery ideas from' well to be honest there is no thumbing through the great works of art and photography, it's usually a moment when I'm trying to eradicate another infernal internal earworm into silence or on another long trek through France on the off chance of nabbing some stock library images before it rains again. Now it was on one of these trips yesterday to one of my default shooting locations when that little spark, that zizzle of a thought turned up and poked me in the cerebellum
'How about if you locked on a point and rotated the camera whilst shooting multi-in camera images...how about that eh' Well I was trying to dismiss the Wurzles I've got a brand new Combined Harvester down the earworm exit chute so it gave me a chance to focus my few remaining active grey cells into some kind of plan of action...well....here they are. Oh , and to the gentleman from the Far East who keeps sending me emails asking me to 'fess up and say it's all done in Photoshop....well it's actually all done in-camera and Lightroom CC now...Lightroom CC I'll come back to that at some later point. So without the aid of Photoshop but under the influence of random tune based thought patterns, here are the latest in the production based marmitey tasting imagery process...thingy.
(eds note....I am in a study group looking into earworms and the control of tinnutis from Goldsmiths College, London)
So these are all 6 shot in camera multi images given a waft in Lightroom CC...lens correction bit of clarity and highlight recovery...dialed in one and a bit stops of EV underexposure when shooting iso 400 at F 10 and let the shutter speed take care of itself all on the dear old D700 20mm combo.. May tweak in Photoshop before they get their own Gallery on the Web pages.
Okay you may not want or have a multiple exposure option in your camera menu system...no problem as I'll show you how to take a set of shots whilst changing your viewpoint gradually and then putting them together. So I've taken six shots of this old galleon in St Malo harbor and moved the camera slightly for each shot. I've auto synced them in Lightroom by clicking on the first image then holding the shift key and clicking on the sixth frame. Any changes I make to the first image will be synced across all 6, I find lens correction of the Nikon 20mm is a must but I'm also looking for a histogram that has no clipping...okay finished faffing??? Now it's a trip across to Photoshop so as the images are still highlighted I right click on one of them and a contextual menu pops up and down the bottom will be one that says 'Open as layers in Photoshop' click it and Lightroom will load these files as a layer stack in Photoshop....the only tricksy bit now is to select the top layer and hold the shift key whilst clicking the layer above the bottom layer in the stack ...they should all be selected bar the bottom layer...go to the Blend mode drop down box and choose either Overlay or Soft Light...and kerching all done.... like this.
You might want to have a play in Photoshop or just flatten the layers and use the Save option which should load the image from Photoshop straight back into Lightroom where you can apply any changes you want there so here is one below that was all done in camera...6 shots multiple in Camera with a touch of EV to slightly underexpose and a lens correction in Lightroom with the merest whiff of faffery...give it a Go!!
Stopped off at St Malo, okay the light was anything but ideal but took some stock images and a few for here. So a variety of techniques and if you are the regular reader...well no need to explain any of them. I'll go back but probably early Autumn/late summer.
There is, apparently, nothing new under the sun., and these next few images are probably just an extension of something I and others have done before. It might be something you want to give a go because it's all 'in camera'. No software tomfoolery involved just a swish into mono in Lightroom and the job is done. So as per usual it is a 4 shot in camera multiple image, you'll have to rummage around in the camera menu system but most cameras will have it,....somewhere. I have my multi image shooting set up in the 'My Menu' section so a quick button click and I'm ready to go. So 4 shots and for each shot I de-focus a tiddly bit.....if you were shooting film you'd have to be prepared to bin a few rolls but with digital well just shoot and experiment. Now, if you want an image file that is probably usable straight off your card I suggest you use a bit of EV tweaking, you might be a jpeg shooter..so I'd take it down one maybe two stops of exposure, it's too early and I'm not caffeinated enough for me to waffle on about EV so here is something someone prepared earlier.. EV compensation
So three from the Valle des Saints 105mm micro,Iso 200, f6.3, 1/800 sec 4 shot in camera multi exposure slight defocus and movement between each one mono in Lightroom...job done...have fun with it.
Not everything I photograph ever gets to see the light of day, they end up tucked away in the crevices of hard-drives... I have latent images on many a roll of 120 film, XP2, NPS and the like...they are in there just not tangible, so, time to dust off the printer and create, in my office, one enormous mood board because, dear reader, the little grey cells need a reminder of the possibilities of capturing light with a photographic device and as my age in cat years is now elevelty twevlty, a static reminder of things created will hopefully get those synapses riffing and I can create some free form visual Jazz... If you have been taking note of any of this old guff I alluded to the fact that 120 roll film is knocking about in undeveloped quantities. For a long time I shot with a Bronica S2a..waist level finder, standard lens a mighty thwack as the shutter curtain did it's stuff..all pretty simple stuff so seeing square is part of my visual heritage..why don't major camera body manufacturers have a 1:1 crop mode??...4:3, 3:2 and 5:4 are out there ...so why not 1:1. So you're left with cropping in software, as seen on yesterdays posting. So as a way of me getting those cranky old photographic muscles stretched , here are some 1:1 crop, hand held ICM black and white shots at Salford Quays in Manchester. 20mm, f16, 100 iso, 8 second exposure, ND110 filter, Mono and crop in Lightroom 5.7. I also mentioned before capturing the light which is a big step away from recording the scene, I'll let you ponder that one and stick these images on
I know...the question on your lips....where the f#ck have you been... what the f#ck have you been up to.... did that night together mean nothing?? Well the 'Ongoing project' that is the refurbishment and tittivation of 'Ty Lauren' the sprawling and once unkempt farm here in rural Brittany is fast approaching the final pages of the final chapter, the bit where all is revealed and you can say..'Well I didn't see that coming...' The last major jobs are being done...no more diggers, cement mixers, men with fingers like stiff bannanas...no roll up sessions or the need to get in truckloads of sugar for those all important hot beverages...still it has been a lesson in learning to live in Chaos and now of course it will be a lesson in how to live... and that means cranking up the Photography engine..it'll be a bit wheezy to start with but I have been thinking...and all this thinking has probably, in some instances, been too much thinking, time for action...all these places I've driven through thinking' Hmmm that'll be a good shot, must make a note and come back at sun up...' well I must get back there at sun up. It will be done
So ...there will be projects..iphonography will be done...landscape and seascape....street work and a good dose of monkeying around with the norm, either in camera or software technique... and I have a dilema over new kit...do I add to the Nikon gear..do I jump ship and go for a rangefinder system..do I get the latest smartphone and go snapseed/hipstamatic/instagramish...???? do I stop putting in all these full stops ..............!!! Enough of the chit chat, some images. I've had the Nik software suite for what seems an age so I've had a play, so from Lightroom to Analog FX pro...it's a path I may be treading frequently and onto the net..here are some I did earlier today.
What's all this then????
An unyeilding torrent of Photo babbel full of unconfirmed facts and manufactured photo drivel.. take from it what you like, it won't change the world but may leave you feeling nauseous...