Ballet – Multiple Exposures

Verb Ballets multiple exposure

Verb Ballets multiple exposure

During my photo shoots of the Verb Ballets, I usually attempt some multiple exposures.  One was posted last week and people seemed to like it.  Today I’m posting a few more.

Verb Ballets Multiple Exposure

Verb Ballets Multiple Exposure

These multiple exposures are done in camera with a specific setting in the menus!  I just tell the camera how many shots to include and the next shots, making up that number, are automatically overlayed over each other.  The skill comes in timing and positioning the individual shots so that they are pleasing when completed.

Verb Ballets multiple exposure

Verb Ballets multiple exposure

I was using a new camera on this latest shoot and I assumed the multiple exposure process was the same as on my older camera.  Wrong!  I hadn’t tried it and found, in the total darkness of the theater, while shooting, that the procedure was different!  So, while struggling to figure it out in the dark, I was able to pull off a few nice shots.

Verb Ballets multiple exposure

Verb Ballets multiple exposure

Let me know what you think of these types of shots.  I’d be interested in your impressions.

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About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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6 Responses to Ballet – Multiple Exposures

  1. What an adventure! Kolman, those photographs capture the motion beautifully.

  2. JodetteP says:

    Wow! Really powerful photos!

  3. Patricia, Wellington Ohio says:

    Kolman, you know that I am a great fan of your photography. Today you asked for feedback and I must say that the multiple exposure photograph you posted lasted week was my favorite. The ones you posted today are more complicated and I have a hard time with sorting out the movement in them. I can see that this is a skill that could take some stunning photographs as in a craftsman, perhaps a glassblower. I hope you show us more of this type of photography as you develop your style with them.

    • Thank you for the feedback Patricia! Like you, I look at the multiple exposures like a puzzle, trying to figure out the progression of movement. Not too difficult on simple 2 or 3 frame shots but on more complicated ones i tend to just enjoy the patters produced!

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