In Search of Depth and Luminosity (Week 10)

One of the things I admire about Monet’s Water Lilies is the depth and luminosity in his painting.   Of course, when painting it is possible to add layer upon layer to achieve such an effect.  In photography it is a little different.  In photographing the lilies and reeds at Loch Cill Chriosd I wanted somehow to capture the depth and luminosity but also its dream-like quality.  In an effort to do this photographically I turned to multiple exposures.

I have never done this before and was very keen to do all the work in camera.  My camera allows me to work with a large number of exposures but to start I decided to work with two images (47-50 below) and then 51 -53 with three.  Apart from the intent, I had no idea what to expect.  It was strange to see previous shots in the viewfinder as I took the second and third image.  I was keen to return home to see what, if anything I had captured, and whether I had managed to provide a sense of the ephemeral hiddenness of Skye – another worldliness, the mystery of the Island.  Although I have more work to do on learning about how to capture and process these images here are a few examples of my efforts:

Ephemeral Reeds 47 – Alison Price, August 2019
Ephemeral Reeds 48 – Alison Price, August 2019
Ephemeral Reeds 49 – Alison Price, August 2019
Ephemeral Reeds 50 – Alison Price, August 2019

The images below were taken with a 50mm lens which in some ways was simpler to work with.  I found it easier to see how the images were merging together as it was a duller morning and I didn’t use a tripod.

Ephemeral Reeds 51 – Alison Price, August 2019
Ephemeral Reeds 52 – Alison Price, August 2019
Ephemeral Reeds 53- Alison Price, August 2019

Using the multiple exposure capability allows me to use the camera as an aesthetic instrument to produce a unique image.  It allows me to reflect how I see the scene – not every detail needs to be sharp – it is about a feeling – my experience.

I think this approach has some potential and I need to work on the idea more.  I do not intend to produce a whole portfolio of multiple exposures but only to use them when they produce a real sense of how I experience the Loch, the reeds and the lilies.


Author: Alison Price

Over the past ten years I have travelled the world, capturing the wonders of nature - particularly wildlife and landscapes. My journeys have taken me to South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Alaska, the Canadian Arctic, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.

2 thoughts on “In Search of Depth and Luminosity (Week 10)”

  1. Interesting effect : the duo set , especially 47 , are more dreamy and rich and Monet 🙂 than the trios , which surprised me as a novice in photography. A strange outcome in 50: not tranquil
    Can I ask how long elapsed between each frame in the duo collection and the trio sequence? Wondering whether it was the same time lapse for all.
    I should have gone to the rowing regatta up north then out out this evening but changed my plans after seeing the weather forecast. I was in a crowded Portree getting gifts for upcoming birthdays. The wind was savage on my return home mid afternoon so decided against the evening sortie. I love the gleaming white of the waves tonight. Autumn is in the air here; I feel snug
    Good luck

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    1. The elapsed time is simply how long it takes me to reframe, expose etc before taking the next shot. So, it depends on the effect I want and the technical changes I need to make. Just feeling my way at the moment so there will be more to come!


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