So I called this Faux-MX because the double-layer synonymous with MX is what you think of when laying eyes upon the resulting image. Though the image in question isn’t born within an analogue camera’s womb, I was inspired by the unconventional union of two analogue-terrific images!
First I chose two photos that are truly very pretty and that I thought complemented each other well.
In the first, highly saturated photo, the kites look like leaves and I wanted to see them in a new light, on the bare branches of the monochrome tree.
So I plucked the leaves from the sky and found them a new home…
First I went through some of the Handpicked Photos and Most popular Photos, and saw the stunning shot by dlw. I was also checking out the Black & White Photos in the Colors section so that my eyes would have something more subtle to fall on. The two photos in question were opened in sperate browsers, side-by-side.
Then, all I did was drag the image on the left (the more saturated of the two) to be positioned on top of the image on the right. When the image is being “dragged” on your computer screen it becomes transparent. Why I decided to write this tipster was because I experienced the beauty of the layered images above today while in the process of saving them. I’m usually only semi-conscious about how things I’m dragging appear different on screen.
Without releasing your mouse, click Command+Shift+3 (on a Mac) and you’ll capture the screen which you’ll then crop to obtain your final, layered, image.
While this isn’t a legitimate film swap or analogue-terrific MX image, it’s something to savor and experience on the confines of your personal computer (though if you do decide to use your creation elsewhere, please always credit the photographer of the original images). Heck, it’s pretty much like a collage but with one of the images printed on tracing paper, layered atop the other. Perhaps it’ll give you the nudge you’re waiting for to do a film swap with the Lomographer whose photo you find to be the perfect mate to your own!