It was one of those really hot days, high humidity. 34’C in the shade but feeling 15 degrees hotter. I had dropped my youngest off for a playdate and had five hours to kill. I wasn’t feeling very enthusiastic despite this being a rare opportunity in the middle of the school holidays. I was a little hungover and unsure of what I was looking for. In the past, I may have wandered taking random street shots, and ended up with nothing. After nearly a year in +Shari Miller's cohort and at the tail end of Alex Lapidus Blurs and Unsharp mentorship program, I wasn’t going to let the voices of doubt creep in. If I turned up and showed willing the Muse would be pleased and she was. I was gifted with a tree perfect for a multiple exposure image, a technique I had studied and experimented with a few weeks earlier.
I set my camera up in Manual Mode, wanting every image to have exactly the same exposure and depth of field. I wanted a clean noiseless image, so worked at ISO 100. It was quite windy and although it didn’t matter if there was some blur, I wanted to keep some texture in the tree leaves, knowing if there was to much blur, then the final result wouldn’t look as good. My main subject is the tree and texture draws the eye. The underside of the tree was dark, so I exposed for that area with out blowing out the bright leaves at the top, in full sun. It’s better to over expose than under expose. I set the focus area to Flexible Spot and positioned it roughly a third in, so it would cover the base of the tree - this would be my anchor point. I checked how much space I had to walk a full circle around the tree and adjusted the zoom, the left hand edge of the tree fitted comfortably within the frame at any position. I checked all the settings, checked the area in focus using the Sony’s Focus peaking. I was set. It took me a full five minutes to complete a lap of the tree, stepping approximately one metre to the left between each frame, and trying to keep a constant distance from the tree. The histogram previews looked good, the only issue was the sky, which although blue with fluffy white clouds, was 50% blown out. I wasn’t concerned, I was going to use Orchard Gateway Shopping mall as the primary backdrop as it had lots of contrast and texture that should look good with this technique.
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