These are some non-Multiple Exposure Portrait Project photos from my session with Shannon last week! We headed over to Granville Island for our session because I thought that interesting textures for the overlay photos would be a plenty! The day was surprisingly sunny and hot so I made it a bit of a challenge to not over expose the highlight areas on the second exposure.
I like to take photos of things.
Some day the things that I take photos of will be gone.
Some things will be gone sooner than other things.
Somethings just change slightly.
Other things are removed completely from existence.
As though they had never even existed.
With a little luck the photo will always mark that thing into that place and that time, forever.
That in itself is a good reason to take a photo.
Tonight I had a little Multiple Exposure photoshoot with Abigail from the coffee shop down the way. Interesting part is the more that I do this Multiple Exposure project (specifically the people/models and photos portion of it) the more I am finding that the second exposure, meaning the one that will determine the overlay on the first, is really hard to do on the spot.
Tonight I was shooting my portrait of Abi but finding that the second photo was difficult to find the right scene on demand. When I am shooting while walking about I can sometimes wander three or four blocks before I find something that is a interesting fit for the second photo. So shooting these in a photoshoot type setting is proving to be quite difficult. The prefect texture or scene is not always right there, and holding the photo in limbo only works for so long not to mention that you can’t really take another photo until you finish the one in the chamber so to speak. In upcoming shoots I think that I will use two cameras and have one be a film camera so I can just shoot photos of my person and then reload the roll and shoot the second photos.
Anyway these are not the Multiple exposures from the shoot. They are instead a combination of ‘I forgot to turn on the multiple photo setting’ and ‘the camera timed out waiting for the second shot.’ They are awesome!
One Easy way to ‘safely’ snap a photo of a stranger is to explain away your presence, to justify you standing there pointing a camera. One great way to do this is to stand in front of a well photographed building/monument/Steam Clock. For the most part people will actively ignore you and your antics because you can be easily explained away. So if you are shy about picking on a stranger maybe ‘warm up’ with this technique :)
It seems that every new camera that is released these days is taking the whole high usable ISO race one step further, but I feel that the Sony Alpha a7S may have jumped really really far ahead of everyone else.
As delightfully illustratied in this video from Carbon Studios which has scenes that were shot at ISO’s ranging from 12,800 to 32,000 ISO which is still a ways away from the highest ISO of 102400 (Really 409600 but that is an ‘extended’ ISO which means that it will suck or your are loosing a stop of two of Dynamic range or both) searching the web for other tests of ISO performance with this camera is truly crazy! This video proves it with the pretty but it also can’t hurt that they used the Otus 55mm as well. :)