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30 November 2013

Picture of the Day #4

This picture was taken autumn last year. This year the leaves in this area are mostly yellow again. This is in the same place as Picture of the Day #3.

27 November 2013

Picture of the Day #3

It's autumn again, a time of great colours in the outdoors. I took the photo above last year in a place which my children and I frequently pass by when going to their school. Nothing out of the ordinary really about the place so no surprise there that the image I took was er, just ordinary, too.

24 November 2013

Picture of the Day #2

I took this picture in autumn last year while practicing the zoom burst technique. This was taken in my son's school. The ground was covered with fallen cherry leaves, mostly coloured yellow. I chose this particular composition where one leaf was surrounded by others. I thought it would make a good focal point for a zoom burst picture. I loved the results of the original coloured version, which I featured in the zoom burst post. It turned out better than I expected.

23 November 2013

Multiple exposure nature portraits

Last spring, I bought a set of 3 photography magazines to keep me updated with techniques and latest news on gears in photography. One of the magazines was an issue of Photography Monthly (Issue 146 | April 2013). In pages 49-53, I came across the wonderful multiple exposure portraits of Christoffer Relander (, a Finnish photographer. In the featured photos, Relander combines images of people and trees. I thought to myself back then that I would try it.

But I didn't know how to take multiple exposure images and try as I might I can't find a tutorial to follow. Until a few weeks ago. I was going through various photography tutorials in YouTube when I came across PhotoExtremist's tutorial on multiple exposure nature portraits. Bingo! The multiple exposure portraits in the said tutorial are similar to Relander's. So, I gave it a try. (Note: if you want to try this technique, check that your camera has the option on multiple exposures. I knew beforehand that my Olympus Pens have it.)

There are 2 main steps in taking multiple exposure portrait shots: 1) in-camera using multiple exposure option and 2) post-processing.

20 November 2013

Picture of the Day #1

This is my first proper multiple exposure shot, a portrait of my son. He was not happy during this shoot as he was busy in his computer game. You can see it in the pout he's giving me when I took the shot. This was a good thing actually as it turned out to be quite artistic. I explained the details on how I took and post-processed this final photo in my post on multiple exposures.

My inspiration is Christoffer Relander (, a Finnish photographer. I know I can never come close to any of his wonderful multiple exposure portraits. But, I'm here mainly to satisfy my objective of taking decent creative shots. In the future, I hope to come up with a series of multiple exposure portraits of my own. Watch this space!