I first started my Impressions of Light series because I was inspired by some of my BetterPhoto.com students. I began my making single frame exposures with camera motion. That was many years ago. This fall, I am teaching a very talented group of students, and several are using Multiple Exposure techniques with excellent results. So I had to see what I could do. Never really liked the more “nervous” look of most ME imagery, but I had to push myself to experiment.
Here is my first attempt. These trees are right across the street from my house but this was the first time I’ve photographed them. Good color this fall. I used nine exposures blended in Photoshop in very unformulated and random capacities on each layer. Just tried to make it look good. Later, I learned that there was a “proper” formula but I didn’t like the results as much.
I liked the results, but still wasn’t sure that the image was finished. Then, one of my current BetterPhoto students reminded me of the Orton Technique. This version uses this technique, which I feel “completes” the image. Dark and moody tones reflect the emotion of the rainy day scene to me, but the blur softens the overall mood and the edginess of the ME technique.