When I first stumbled into photography, I was mesmerized by the instant gratification it offered my creativity. But what got me hooked was the varied vocabulary it offered to tell a story, and capture emotions and beauty. So anytime I discover a new ‘language’ to tell a story through images, I am excited. Creating multiple exposures in camera is one such technique that I have fallen in love with.
Read on if you are curious to know what this technique is. If not, feel free to skip, and enjoy the images I created.
Multiple exposure is a photography technique created by combining two or more exposures into one image. Sounds quite simple, and yes, you can have a lot of fun experimenting and get lucky with a couple of images. But to intentionally create a multiple exposure image, you require some planning. You need to have an idea about what your final image should look like. In a nutshell, the first exposure is created with the main subject in focus. The second exposure is whatever you want to superimpose on the subject to create the second layer of your story. When the two exposures are combined you can get some really interesting, creative images. The second exposure overlays only on the underexposed parts of the first image. That’s the challenging part. But the possibilities are endless!
This time of the year always brings a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart with memories of Christmases past. As a kid, I remember the season always began with hanging a decorative star in front of our home, decorating the Christmas tree and setting up the nativity scene in a manger my dad would make. In fact, it became my most cherished holiday tradition. I still remember the very first one he made with bamboo sticks, meticulously tied together with string. It was the best one ever! Unfortunately, that was before we owned a camera. So only sweet memories remain. Over the years our manger would see many different interpretations..from the most humble looking one made with sticks and straw to ultra modern looking versions made with Styrofoam. But it was always there…painstakingly handmade. And friends and family would fill the house way past midnight the entire week of Christmas. The house would be wrapped with the smell of mom’s baking and the sound of laughter.
With all the commercialization of the holidays, this has probably become one of the most stressful, craziest time of the year. If you think about it, none of those gifts are missed or even remembered years later. It is the family traditions and memories of time spent with family and friends that always lingers on in our mind.
I wish you all that warm fuzzy feeling of being with your family this year. What holiday traditions do you cherish and celebrate? What is your favorite childhood memory of the holidays?