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Doubles to Get You Up in the Clouds

Double exposure shots with clouds as background has been my signature shot simply because I love shooting clouds and walking around the city. I love how cloud formations have such a nice contrast against the blue sky. Thanks to film photography and Lomo cameras, I now have a way of immortalizing this wonder of nature and at the same time, double exposing it against ordinary things I encounter.

The big question is what do you shoot first? The clouds or the intended foreground element? In most instances I shoot the clouds first because as I mentioned, it is what catches my attention… the clouds. Then as I continue walking, I find a suitable subject. It’s a random choice.

In this photo, I shot the clouds first, followed by the second exposure as I was going through a corridor.

The beauty of having the clouds and sky as background is it’s plain yet interesting formation (I said it again). Both clouds and sky provide contrasting colors that allow the foreground elements to both stand out and fade into the background. By the way, Kodak Ekta- and Elitechromes capture very nice deep blue colors. A few more photos to state my case…

For anyone who loves the double exposure technique, the “up in the clouds” doubles technique is literally right up your alley. Just keep your eyes peeled for heavenly cloud formation.

written by stitch

30 comments

  1. welland

    welland

    yes im digging them

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  2. dearjme

    dearjme

    Great technique -- so simple yet so stunning!

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  3. weechonghooi

    weechonghooi

    I like this idea.. :)
    THanks for the tips. :)

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  4. stitch

    stitch

    @welland @dearjme @weechoinghooi you're welcome happy doubles shooting ;)

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  5. nicoleger

    nicoleger

    cool! You've answers my doubts on which to shoot first!
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  6. erikagrendel

    erikagrendel

    wonderful!

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  7. therikster

    therikster

    This is an AWESOME tipster! So excited to try it. Thank you for sharing :)

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  8. martymcdie

    martymcdie

    this it brilliant!! thank you
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  9. boobert

    boobert

    i was so impress the first time i saw those shots, i have to try it ... http://www.lomograph(…)os/14633963
    Great tipster as well.

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  10. keos-sophie

    keos-sophie

    Amazing results, I'll definately give this a try. Thank for sharing!
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  11. stitch

    stitch

    @nicoleger @erikagrendel @therikster @martymcdie @boobert @keos-sophie cool, try it out, thanks for visiting ;)

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  12. foodeanz

    foodeanz

    i love clouds too..hehehe.tqvm for tha ideas...

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  13. bribri89

    bribri89

    love it...!!!

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  14. rickney

    rickney

    nicely done.

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  15. pzjo

    pzjo

    I am inspired!

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  16. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    Very cool shots.

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  17. evil_mastermind

    evil_mastermind

    Thanks for the pointers, amazing pics and simple methods.

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  18. ittlemisspeacock

    Aa a total newbie, do i assume you shoot the cloud and then just don't roll the film on before then taking the foreground image? Sorry, i really am only in my 2nd day of finding out about lomography
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  19. stitch

    stitch

    hi @ittlemisspeacock, I used an LC-A+ which has a mutlti-exposure (MX) switch. So yes, I shot the first shot and slide the switch to prepare for the second shot. If you don't have an LC-A+ or any lomo with an MX switch, any film camera will do. Shoot your first show, then at the bottom of the camera, press the film release button and "advance" one frame (of course it doesn't since the film release button is engaged), and shoot your next shot on the same frame. Good luck!

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  20. thepope182

    thepope182

    i would love to try this shot. would it be okay?

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  21. thepope182

    thepope182

    oh,btw...what's the ISO of your film?

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  22. alexiagraphy

    alexiagraphy

    wow!

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  23. lihooi

    lihooi

    i would definitely try it out!!! thanks!!! :)

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  24. gardenhat

    gardenhat

    going to try this!
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  25. motionpicture

    motionpicture

    Do you under expose one for your first pass at the sky/cloud shot?

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  26. stitch

    stitch

    @motionpicture in theory you should but since I shoot impulsively I don't get to do it anymore; just look for a darker background for the first shot ;)

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  27. zindzee

    zindzee

    Great article Stitch! I will will definetly be using your tip since I walk around with my head in the clouds and my camera pointed upwards most of the time anyways!

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  28. ipdegirl

    ipdegirl

    Going to try this one very soon. Thanks!

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  29. reminator

    reminator

    Gotta give this a go I guess ;D

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  30. george97

    george97

    Lovely blues on picture 2 very well done!

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