Image taken Monday, June 18, 2012. Posted Friday, June 22, 2012
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)



Brisbane City: Roma Street and Ann Street
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

I have been reading up on double-exposures recently, and wanted to try it out for myself. This is the first one I've tried, and the first time I've combined the new 15-85mm lens with the 0.42x macro filter.

The result of combining these two images is not quite what I expected, but now that I sit back and think about it, it is what I was *planning* in my head. It's got a big touch of the "80s special effects" about it - instead of a blend of two images, this is quite plainly one image pasted on top of another.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 15mm
Exposure: 1/80" @ f/5.6, ISO 400

Post processing:

Lightroom 4 -

  1. Church photo left as-is
  2. Tree photo: clarity -80. This was so that the leaves did not have such harsh edges against the overblown sky. When blending, the leaves looked particularly bad.
Photoshop Elements 7 -
  1. Church added as first layer, opacity 100%
  2. Tree added as second layer, opacity 100%, mix mode: darken
  3. Church layer: areas around the edges masked out so that the tree layer dominates. (Seen in white on the screen grab here.) In particular, the bottom of the stairs.
Lightroom 4 -
    I had taken a lot of contrast out for the layering, so now it was time to bring contrast back in.
  1. Presence: Exposure +1.4 stops, whites -25, blacks -45
  2. Curves: lights +65, darks +55, shadows -20
  3. Noise reduction: Luminance +30

The wash-up:

Have laid it out above. The problem here was while I wanted to blend two images, the photos I took needed to be plonked one on top of the other.

What would you do?

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