Minimal Control Could Mean Great Doubles

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Imposing some degree of control can increase the probability that your doubles will turn out good.

Credits: renenob

Double exposure is one the most common techniques that lomographers enjoy. The idea of two images from two places, from two different points in time, in a single frame is truly fascinating, especially if the images seem to complement or relate to each other in a serendipitous way. However, if we completely rely on luck, and trial and error, then the chances of achieving great doubles become less probable. So, if you would ask me, I think that imposing minimal control in terms of aligning the frames and choosing what to shoot increases that probability.

On Aligning Frames

Aligning frames is not a problem for cameras which have a Multiple Exposure switch such as the LC-A+, Fisheye, and La Sardina, which you intend to use. However, if you plan to shoot an entire roll, rewind it and load it to another camera (such as what we do in film swap) then mark the first two frames with a permanent marker to be used as guide when you load it to another camera. This can assure that the frames are somehow aligned. Of, course others actually prefer that the frames are misaligned for more bizarre results, but as for my experience, misaligned frames are very difficult to scan for laboratories, and sometimes they crop the photos the way you would not want it to be.

*On Choosing Subjects to Shoot *

Another form of control would be in terms of what to shoot. This is merely based on my experience in doing doubles, as well as appreciating others’ doubles. I noticed that for the most part, good doubles are those which demonstrate the basic foreground/background principle. When I shoot two foregrounds or two background, they do not normally work. Imposing some control in your choices, at least for one of the two layers of images, can increase the chance of achieving good doubles. Here are some background suggestions for you to try:

Cloud formations are great background subjects for doubles, especially the once that are a bit dark and shows some silver lining.

Credits: renenob & stitch

Trees braches and leaves are also great.

Credits: renenob

Flowers, especially when there are a lot of them.

Credits: renenob

Dark colored or textured walls work well too.

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Shadows or shaded areas ascertain that there is enough room for another image.

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Light colored texts on dark background are a joy as well.

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Light paintings or computer generated lighting or colored slide presentations for Revolog imitations.

Credits: icuresick & renenob

Dark colored patterns and textures.

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Umbrellas under the sun are awesome too.

Credits: icuresick & renenob

Silhouettes are a must.

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There are other ways to improve your doubles technique, but if you try any of these suggested backgrounds and pair them with as distinguishable foreground, half the battle is almost won.

written by renenob on 2012-07-25 in #gear #tipster #exposure #mx #doubles #multiple #layers #lomography #camera #tipsters #tipster

9 Comments

  1. tisburylane-
    tisburylane- ·

    Wonderful MX ideas! I'm a fan of using trees and flowers myself. :) Maybe this is a dumb question (it's nearly midnight here, so don't blame me), but how exactly can you tell the first two frames in order to mark them without ruining the roll? And do you have any tips for making sure you don't rewind all the way?

  2. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    Beautiful doubles! :)

  3. 134340
    134340 ·

    GREAT!

  4. renenob
    renenob ·

    @tisburylane-, You must mark the first two frames before shooting. after loading the film, advance it then open the camera back and mark the first frame. Then, close it again and advance, open again and mark. Close it finally and you are good to go. in rewinding, do it slowing and anticipate any sound or vibration that might suggest that you have rewound enough.

  5. renenob
    renenob ·

    @tisburylane-, You must mark the first two frames before shooting. after loading the film, advance it then open the camera back and mark the first frame. Then, close it again and advance, open again and mark. Close it finally and you are good to go. in rewinding, do it slowing and anticipate any sound or vibration that might suggest that you have rewound enough.

  6. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    beautiful collection of mx! i love the one with the leaf background, especially.

  7. yo_soy_sebastian
    yo_soy_sebastian ·

    Great advice! As a rookie in the photographic world, I'm anxious to utilize the ideas you provided !

  8. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    I got to the same conclusions! Great article!

  9. gatokinetik-o
    gatokinetik-o ·

    Beautiful 2bles indeed. Thanks!

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