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A Different Type of Nightshots

This tipster is about a technique which I call "High Quantity Multi Exposure" or short HQME. I assume that people have already done something like that before me but I couldn't find any information about it.

Since I am relatively new to Lomography, I don’t have much of experience but I understood that it is all about creative ideas that are put into action.
This tipster is about a technique which I call “High Quantity Multi Exposure” or short HQME. I assume that people have already done something like that before me but I could’nt find any information about it.

And this is how it works:
You measure (or estimate) the necessary exposure time for the film you have loaded. You divide this number by the the shutter speed your camera offers and the result is the amount of multiple exposures you will need to end up with a (roughly) correct exposed piece of film at the end.
The only thing you have to do now is pressing the trigger…. again and again and again and again and… you know where this leads to.

Since I did not know if this would work at all, I tried it only once so far and here is the result:

I estimated (or rather guessed) the necessary exposure time for the ISO 400 film at f11 to be around one second. 1s divided by 1/125 s (the shutter speed of my Holga) yields 125. So I just pressed the trigger 125 times in a row.

I will definitely take more pictures like that and I would love to see yours. So please post a link in the comments and maybe you want to tag your picture with HQME.

written by phalanx

35 comments

  1. jblaze823

    jblaze823

    Cool, keep the experiments coming...

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  2. kylethefrench

    kylethefrench

    amazing

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  3. awesomesther

    awesomesther

    Wow. 125 times! Did your finger feel sore? :p

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  4. bryson

    bryson

    So you press the shutter 125 times before advancing to the next frame? :)

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  5. phalanx

    phalanx

    @awesomesther: no way, I have a well trained index finger due to my daily Lomo-workout :)
    @bryson: exactly.

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  6. leeemur

    leeemur

    This is awesome! I need to try this!

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  7. seaing

    seaing

    Wow, this sounds interesting! :) I think I'll try this later.

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  8. superlighter

    superlighter

    1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16...woof! I'm tired. hahaha! however,cool tips,

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  9. pfenya

    pfenya

    very interesting idea! I probably would have lost count several times till getting to 125 or something in the neighborhood ;-)

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  10. jimhalpert

    jimhalpert

    awesome! did you place the camera on a tripod first?
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  11. goldie

    goldie

    Amazing, a must try...

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  12. stouf

    stouf

    Very very cool !

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  13. yattering

    yattering

    I hope, with a cable release its going to be more easier!

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  14. phalanx

    phalanx

    @jimhalpert: No, I put the camera on one of these boxes where you can take out a newspaper for money.

    A tripod and a cable release might help getting less blurr in the background.

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  15. odjur

    odjur

    Oh wow, I would have never guessed you'd have to take 125 pictures..
    Going to trie this one though!

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  16. kiteflyin

    kiteflyin

    This is too cool.

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  17. seaing

    seaing

    I just tried this, and even though my photo didn't come out too well, I'm most definitely going to do this again :) http://www.lomograph(…)os/12357872

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  18. beni

    beni

    really great!!!

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  19. iamliza

    iamliza

    Awesome! Thanks for this great tip!
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  20. crumpy

    crumpy

    awesome. I'm surprised sun didn't come up and ruin your calculations by the time you'd pressed the shutter 125 times! lol. very cool though. it almost seems so obvious an idea, it's a wonder people dont do this much already. well done

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  21. jaguarwomon

    jaguarwomon

    Cool idea!!

    What if you used a different fillm speed?

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  22. phalanx

    phalanx

    If you use a different film speed, you have to take this into account in the guestimation-process. If I had loaded ISO 200 film the ammount of exposures would have been 250 and 500 for ISO 100 respectively.

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  23. pangmark

    pangmark

    Awesome! Let's start a movement. HQME everyone!

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  24. itsdebraanne

    itsdebraanne

    see this is why living a suburban life is so boring!! i need to take more pictures!

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  25. itsdebraanne

    itsdebraanne

    Update: how did you do this without the shutter mechanism failing on you?!
    i tried to copy your technique and my holga broke around 20 times oh pressing the shutter release button. luckily, a bought a new camera. (pls respond)

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  26. phalanx

    phalanx

    I don't know, I did nothing else than pressing the shutter again and again, why it didn't fail is hard to to tell. What kind of failiure did your shutter show?

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  27. wuxiong

    wuxiong

    It's fun, but I will never try this Because you have a better choice, simply use the B shutter is a lot easier and save time. Besides what if you forget the times when you triggering the shutter.? Like you don't remember whether you pressed 75 or 95 times? you easily get confused..<:)

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  28. eskimofriend

    eskimofriend

    amazing indeed! 125 times wow

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  29. nation_of_pomation

    nation_of_pomation

    This is definitely a nice effect. It seems like, if I did the math right, it'd be a lot easier to get shorter slow shutter shots out of a Holga with this, or with IR photography or something.

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  30. naxee

    naxee

    @wuxiong: You're right, but I think this is a good alternative if you don't have a tripod with you, because then the photo doesn't become that blurry...
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  31. phalanx

    phalanx

    Hey, there is still discussion going on… I like that :)
    In my opinion this is not an alternative to B shutter in means of similar results, it is just another technique which yields very unique pictures, you would never be able to get in B-mode ;)
    For example:
    This is a HQME with my Holga (250 clicks)
    http://www.lomograph(…)os/13362562
    This is a picture from the very same spot at the very same time captured with my LC-A+ (~1s)
    http://www.lomograph(…)os/12418984

    …and I can strongly recommend to have a look at the HQME pics of @mephisto19 http://www.lomograph(…)HQME#photos completely different from mine and super-awesome :)

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  32. phalanx

    phalanx

    …oh and I forgot to mention the user @vicuna I love his interoretation of this technique :)

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  33. rachaelbethan

    rachaelbethan

    brilliant! and the result is gorgeous!! i cannot wait to give this a try!

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  34. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    I've seen some great results using this technique, and I can't wait to try it myself. Thank you for sharing!

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  35. skrutt

    skrutt

    Cool thing! I will try this some night! :D

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