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    Posted: 01 December 2018 at 18:51
In 1964 as an 18 year-old with my first camera (a used Pentax) I became interested in double exposures, quite the challenge in the film days. I have always loved double exposures for their ability to create depth in an image and to tell a story, left to the viewer to interpret. One approach, taken here, is to include in each image, one exposure of the general scene and one of a detail related to the scene.

#1 - Abandoned Factory



#2 - World Trade Center Memorial



#3 - Lighthouse Complex



#4 - Cadillac



#5 - Smokies Farm



#6 - Rome



#7 - Tree in Mist



#8 - Civil War



#9 - Charleston House


Edited by Roger Rex - 04 December 2018 at 22:12
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Hi Roger, that is a very nice set. If I remember well, I have seen some of them before, but that's not a problem for me. As a themed set with the general scene and a detail it works very well.

#1 is a bit busy for me. #2 is impressive to me. I like the window effect in #5. The serenity in #7 is beautiful and the placement of the curly fence in #9 is very well done. TFS
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Yet another very nice set, Roger. #5 isn't as strong as the others to my eyes but the rest are all very nice.
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They all work very well for me.
Very ambitious undertaking for an 18 yr old. No wonder you have progressed so far. I started at 19 and was glad I knew where the shutter button was on my SRT 101
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Always love your work, Roger, but I think these are some of your best double exposures. I was always fastenated by double exposures back in the film days also. I remember having the Cokin double exposure filter, but I don't recall how it was used. I think I prefer the digital version.
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Thanks all for the comments.

Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

If I remember well, I have seen some of them before ...


Fred, I don't think so. Some of the single exposures have appeared here but not the doubles (unless I coincidentally selected the same two images and put them together in the same way as I did previously and don't remember, certainly a possibility at age 72!).
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Apologies Roger, I mixed up with #5 and #7 from your first double exposure set earlier this year (and I am still a bit younger than you are )
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Originally posted by Fred_S Fred_S wrote:

Apologies Roger, ...


Wow, no apology necessary. #7 from before and #9 above - eerie - both your incredible memory (mine not so much!) and my creating such a similar double out of all the stuff I could select from.
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#10 - Created Equal



#11 - Helicopter Down
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That Created Equal picture is great, well done! TFS
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For me #7 and #8 work especially well.
Do I remember this right that you used special backgrounds (e.g. fabrics) for some series of photos? I think #7 comes very close to one of them (if I am right).

For me the double exposures work in two different "directions": One the one hand a dominating image is given a new, enhancing kind of background. Then the background image has a "supporting" function - there is no struggle for "dominance". On the other hand, the double exposure could follow the "analog" model: It was always a surprise what (and how) different things would be blended in it, and to what effect. I think #11 is good example for that. But the difference now is: it's well composed and a bit of the surprising moment is removed by that. It's not longer a "double snapshot".

Again, a beautiful lesson on photography!

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#10 is a stunner!
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addy landzaat and skm.sa100 - Thanks for commenting.

Originally posted by waldo_posth waldo_posth wrote:

On the other hand, the double exposure could follow the "analog" model: It was always a surprise what (and how) different things would be blended in it, and to what effect.


Yes, far more challenging with film and the results both delayed and sometimes surprising. I would take my first image, then sketch what I had taken on a small pad and then would go looking for a complimentary second image. For example, one headstone in the cemetery placed off-center with some negative space, then sketched to show its parameters and then go looking for a tree or a larger view of the cemetery to compliment the first image using the sketch as a guide for composing the second image. My very first attempts were in Arlington Cemetery.
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