I’d like to dedicate this to my daughter Squiddy and also to her daughter The Elf in celebration of their birthdays, today and last Sunday, respectively.
I’ve been meaning, for some time now, to make a more frequent departure from my usual tendency to present images that reflect careful attention to detail, and to expand a bit more into the more nebulous area of the abstract. With this in mind, today I made the first multiple-exposure images that I’ve attempted in decades. I programmed the camera to underexpose by 2/3 of a stop; set it for manual focus, ISO 125, f/11 and 1/30 second, and used my wireless remote release. I made three exposures, taking care to make one when there was no motion due to wind and the other two when the flower was bobbing gaily around. I made three tries and selected the best one to work with.
The image was brighter than I’d hoped, so I decided to bring out the details with a little after-capture work with Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro 2 program. I started with the Deep preset and fine-tuned the controls to produce this result, which was much more in accordance with the image that I had envisioned at the outset.
I have only rarely presented two versions of the same photo in my posts, but I’ll make an exception today—I’m not doing this in order to ask you to choose which one you like better, but rather to share my thought process with you. I hope you like them both—and happy birthdays to my beautiful girls!