Image taken Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Posted Sunday, June 24, 2012
License: CC-BY-NC-SA (What does this mean?)


Double exposure of a building and a graffiti-covered wall.


Building: Roma Street, Brisbane; Graffiti: Bundamba Railway Station, Ipswich
General location: Australia, South-East Queensland

The Setup:

THIS is what I had in mind when I went searching for double exposure opportunities. One is the Queensland Police HQ on Roma Street, the other is a graffiti covered wall at Bundamba.

The camera & lens:

Camera: Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS @ 19mm
Filters: 0.42x fisheye filter (fisheye mode)
Exposure: 1/400" @ f/13, ISO 400 ((for the building). (f/5 1/60 for the graffiti))

Post processing:

Photoshop Elements 7 -

  1. Layer 1: Roma St building, opacity 100%
  2. Layer 2: Bundamba wall, method: darken, opacity 93%
  3. Layer 3: Levels adjustment, blacks 0->21, midpoint +0.8, whites 255->168
Lightroom 4 -
  1. Noise reduction: Luminance +30

The wash-up:

I had considered cleaning it up a bit at the top and the bottom. Then I thought about how double exposures are meant to be hectic, hit-and-miss affairs... so I left it as it was. Please feel free to take it further if you like! The .PSD file has a bonus layer of my first attempt of the wall, that didn't line up.

What would you do?

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4 Responses to “Double Exposure: Police and Graffiti”

  1. Stevo

    Very creative/artistic. If this was the look you were going for great, if I was putting this together, I would have cloned out the black pieces off the brick wall (centre) and then moulded together so the final version didn’t have the black mould/charcoal on the top/middle/centre of the photo as it detracts my eye and brings me to that point in the photo.


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