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After attending the talk by Nicki Gwynn-Jones I decided to have a bash myself at multiple images at Baddesley Clinton.  The last time I did multiple exposures in-camera was when I was using film with Olympus OM-1 and OM-2 cameras many years ago.

I wasn’t expecting any great shakes at the first attempt of multiple exposures, and I was right not to, but I did enjoy doing them.

I used my Nikon D800 and a 50mm f/1.8 lens.  I was in manual exposure mode, the multiple exposure was set to 3 frames and I experimented with average gain set and none.  It’s obvious that this type of photography requires the right scene to work properly, but half the fun is experimenting so why not give it a go.

The image below was taken using two frames for the house and bridge on the left of the frame and then I turned and took one image of the countryside.  No average gain per frame was used and I like the quality that the over-exposure does.  In terms of processing, it was all done in Lightroom CC.  I cropped to a square and left the highlights blown but pulled back the shadows and blacks.  I used a D800 Lightroom profile for the colour, enhancing it slightly with Vibrance.  I then sharpened and applied a little Luminance Smoothing before adding a slight vignette.

I like the ethereal quality of this image and the implied rather than fully stated shape of the house.  There is a feeling of impermanence and intransience about the picture.

 

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I trudged across the fields of Berkswell today in an effort to get some foggy, autumn pictures.

The fog was quite dense and the only noises piercing its sound dampening properties were the cries of the crows in the trees, the seagulls on the lake and the drip, drip of the water on the leaves of the trees as I waked under them. The air was cold and damp and the footpaths muddy, slippy and well-trodden.

Out of the gloom of the fog the trees continually emerged as I walked on.  In the distance the trees faded into an indistinct line on the horizon, all detail and contrast flattened by the fog.

The particular oak tree in the image below stood on the top of a rise in the field.  The orange and yellow leaves barely hanging on to the branches.  I was captivated by the flatness and quietness of the scene, all tones muted to browns and golds.

I took the photograph with my D800 and a 50mm f/1.8 standard lens.  I used the dehaze tool in Photoshop to increase the contrast in the tree and to make it more prominent.

 

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This was just a quick visit to the property today to get one of their sausage batches and to accompany a club member who was trying out a new standard lens on their Olympus OM-D E-M1 (can Olympus camera names get any longer or more complicated)?

The weather was overcast and there was a spot of two of rain. However the light began to pick up, and we had some lovely raindrops on flowers and plants. I used my Nikon D800 and a 50mm f/1.8 standard lens.

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Today I wanted to test out the Nikon AI-S lens with the Fujifilm X-E2.  Mrs M and I went to Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire and had a wander around the lovely house and gardens.

As I said yesterday, the Nikon lens through the adaptor on the X-E2 would have no electrical connections whatsoever, so everything would be in manual mode. The lens was well balanced on the camera and I used my new Peak Design camera cuff to ensure I didn’t drop it as I walked around.

I found the focus aids invaluable with the manual focussing especially the focus-peaking and magnification.  I kept the camera at 200 ISO and didn’t have any problem with the viewfinder darkening down with the smaller apertures, the automatic viewfinder brightness enhancement was obviously working well.

Ultimately I was very pleased with the sharpness of the pictures and it actually reminded me of the ‘good ol’ days of 35mm analogue photography with the manual focussing, once I had got used to where the aperture ring was situated on the barrel of the lens.

The image below is a monochrome of a set of gates taken with the X-E2 and the Nikon 50mm f/1.8.

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