Created a fun challenge for myself shooting triple exposure photographs at the Chicago Cubs and White Sox home openers this week. Each image is three separate photos, composed separately but exposed on top of each other in-camera by the Canon 1D X.
The challenge was keeping track of the elements to end up with a photograph where all three layers of players could be deciphered. I was looking for players, fans and stadium details and trying to keep track of which ones I had already used in my head. In some cases I combined visual complicated scenes (like crowds) with simpler ones (like infield dirt) to keep the resulting image readable. I also tried to compose some layers with a lot of negative or dark space around the subjects so that those areas could be used for another layer.
Completing this exercise in a digital camera is no doubt easier than on film when there’s no way to check your negative halfway through, but it’s still a mental challenge. Once a layer has been loaded into the program to shoot a second or third, you only get one “click” before the camera has to spend time processing the composition, so planning ahead and shooting selectively is critical. I threw away plenty of misfires, but there were several I was excited to see pop up on the viewfinder as successes.
There’s more in the Tribune gallery HERE
(Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune)