Testing Masks

I feel like a mask project coming on so I have been testing my old masks... Transparency masks, in a way, decrease the amount of sunlight that reaches the film so I have been testing them with my Dianas, which are already not very capable of capturing light.

Some of these shots I double-exposed on a cloudy afternoon both on cloudy setting and some I shot on a fairly-bright partially-cloudy morning. Then I pushed the film one stop when I developed it.

Obviously, Dianas + masks for singles/doubles are best on a clear sunny day.


  1. peropero
    peropero ·

    i've always wanted to try masks on my diana!

  2. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    I love this kind of stuff, nice album!

  3. ropi
    ropi ·

    oh! I like this idea! When I first saw these pictures, I thought they were double exposures: 1º, shot to a book and 2º the other picture, I've never imagined it was a mask!!! GREAT!!! you know how much I love your work!!!

  4. chippo
    chippo ·

    amazing experiment!

  5. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Excellent album!!

  6. adash
    adash ·

    This is nice, but I wonder if the same could be done with double exposures from the computer screen. Sort of: enlarge an Edgar Allan Poe poem on your screen, then take photos of it, then respool, go out and shoot again. What do you think?

  7. blueskyandhardrock
    blueskyandhardrock ·

    @adash I did think of that before but I was never good at taking photos on screens. I always get those pixelated lines. Maybe you can try it and let me know about the results? That would be faster and cheaper (free)! xo

  8. sprofishgel
    sprofishgel ·

    Altough @adash suggestion is pretty good, this yours is pretty anlogue. So, my sincere congratulations for all composition :)

  9. kibs
    kibs ·

    Bravo! Beautiful album and great prose as well! ;)

  10. superkulisap
    superkulisap ·

    Computer screen would be nice but I think it's hard to do it with a Diana or Holga or any other camera that doesn't have a light meter or doesn't have manual settings. It probly would underexpose the first shot or perhaps overexpose it depending on the light condition. Hard to tell :)

    Nice work Michelle! Awesome album! :)

  11. blueskyandhardrock
    blueskyandhardrock ·

    @peropero i'll send you a couple, bb cakes!
    @clickiemcpete @chippo @mafiosa thank you guys! i'm very flattered!
    @ropi wow thank you! that's very sweet of you to say. this was a nice surprise, i had no idea the portrait and the shot of LA blended so well! i'll have to try it again without the mask...
    @sprofishgel thank you!
    @kibs thanks, baby girl!
    @superkulisap agreed, one would need to experiment with different settings before they could get the right exposure to make the writing clear and visible. thank you!

  12. feelux
    feelux ·

    Great stuff!

  13. blueskyandhardrock
    blueskyandhardrock ·

    @feelux thanks so much!

  14. marcus_loves_film
    marcus_loves_film ·

    Awesome concept Michelle! You've inspired me to dive into my bookshelf and find some cool passage to expose on film.

    @adash @superkulisap I used a 24" computer screen before to do multiple exposures. It works best if you use an SLR, a Canon A-1 50mm in my case. I've also photographed pages of a book for doubles with success.

  15. ponzi
    ponzi ·

    this is waaaay cool :)

  16. blueskyandhardrock
    blueskyandhardrock ·

    @marcus_loves_film thank you! i look forward to seeing your shots! @ponzi thanks girl!

  17. dida
    dida ·

    great work, as always! and this double exposure is a perfect composition <3

  18. blueskyandhardrock
    blueskyandhardrock ·

    thank you! xo

  19. sweetyyydreams
    sweetyyydreams ·

    Great idea!! How do you make these masks?

  20. mariskaviska
    mariskaviska ·

    I love the double exposures here ^^