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Exposure - Projector Style!
The accidental double exposure happens to most photographers sooner
or later, although perhaps it is not so common with the newer foolproof cameras of
today. It can be very annoying, when two perfectly good photographs have both
been ruined, by being exposed one on top of the other.
For some photographers it is a deliberate attempt to create something interesting, but
then so much guesswork is involved. There is a reliable method using a mask on
the camera lens, that stops first one half and then the other half of the frame from being
exposed, so that two scenes can be combined in the middle. Otherwise there is
little real control of the end result with these double exposures.
The better option with the projector is to mount two pieces of film, sandwiched in the same
mount, and project the combined images on to a screen. By focusing on one of
the images, the one in true focus will dominate and soften the other. Much
depends on the slide carrier used, but if there is room to insert more than two mounts in
to the carrier, then the more space between the two films the greater the effect of one
image dominating the other. Should both images need to be in focus then the
closer they are to each other the better.
When sandwiching films in this manner it is possible to insert one, or the other upside
down, on its side, or the other way round. Plate 22 (above) was created in
this sandwiched way. The transparency of Debra with her hair flowing, or so it
appears, was actually taken with her lying on her side and the hair hanging down.
By placing this image horizontally instead of vertically her hair now appears
to be blowing in the wind. The other picture sandwiched with her is a negative
taken of some rockroses.
There is little more opportunity with this technique of controlling the end result, so it
is only a little bit better than the camera double exposure, as at least one
can see what the result looks like before taking the picture.
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