Another digital art/alternative landscape/multiple exposure piece from Alaska.
I’m kind of at the point where I don’t know what to call my work anymore. Is it digital art- but it’s all photography? Is it multiple exposure- but it’s done in photoshop? Whatever it is, I enjoy doing it!
Editing photos for creative expression, relaxation, and just plain fun is an essential part of my photography life. I don’t paint or do crafts- so I create with the camera and the computer. I respect and enjoy traditional photography, but I sometimes like to tiptoe a bit onto the photography wild side.
Yesterday I revisited some of last summer’s photos from Alaska. At the time, I was fascinated with the stark shapes of the rocks and peaks jutting out of the sea, but I was disappointed in many of the resulting shots when edited traditionally. But I had so much fun creating the “alternative landscapes” below.
Some fun multiple exposure creations for Friday:
Still more Alaska photos to go through. Here’s an in camera multiple exposure (taken at 9:30 a.m.!) layered with another photo to create my impression of Alaska winter.
Many of my favorite photos these days are taken right from the driveway or across the street. It is usually cloud patterns or streaks of light on the hills that bring me outside with my camera. I find that by using intentional camera movement or in camera multiple exposures, I can create an image that expresses the way I see the scene in front of me rather than a literal depiction. Usually only a small amount of post-processing is needed, which is unusual for me!
This one is a combination of in an camera multiple exposure combined with photoshop layers. It was taken in the blue hour right before dawn, when the lights from the shopping mall across town were still visible.
I have gathered some of my Homescapes together in a slideshow, which you can view on my gallery page. Click on the word, gallery in the menu at the top right of this page or click here.
I have so many photos that have never made the blog. I didn’t think this one was blogworthy at the time- just an experiment with multiple exposure- but I like it now.
It makes an interesting black and white too (with a frame that’s just an extreme Lightroom vignette).
I bought more pears, and the pear madness continues. . .
Another photo of yesterday’s pear- a little more abstract this time.
I started the day with a simple in-camera pear multi-exposure, edited three ways in Lightroom. As usual, I can’t pick a favorite. . .
On Christmas Day, while the menfolk were absorbed with football, I went outside a couple times to take photos. The snow was deep-ish and the temperature was cold, so I never stayed out long. Since I so often take photos of the same scenes around my front yard, I quickly got the urge to experiment with alternative photography methods . The two photos below are both in-camera multiple exposures of a tree and snow. The snow added a texture to the photos- no photoshop involved. Fun to do- although the lack of control is challenging.
For the last four years, I have photographed the lights at Courthouse Square here in Prescott. Some of them can be found here and here. This year I decided to use multiple exposures for an impressionist interpretation.
I have photographed this view of the San Francisco Peaks many times- and recently have used both intentional camera movement and multiple exposure for a different look. But really- it is the skies that make the difference.
This shot is of last Friday’s sunrise and is a multiple exposure. It looks like a woven blanket to me.
And here is a more “traditional” photo taken at the same time- not that much different, except for the colors of the mountains. I love how the sun is hitting the snow at the top.
Sometimes you don’t have to wander far from home to find photo subjects.
Four treatments of the same scene- part of the larger image from yesterday.
As I mentioned last week, I took a few- maybe 5?- windmill photos when I was photographing raptors. And three comprised one 3 exposure in camera multiple exposure. My camera has a very basic multiple exposure feature (no blend modes, no previews etc.), but the challenge makes it fun, even if the results aren’t spectacular SOOC.
I had fun adding another windmill shot from August to create a windmill Photoshop composite. Even more fun!