When I was a kid every now and then when you got a roll of film back from the developer you’d find a special surprise, a hidden treasure among your photographs, the rare (what some would call) mistake of the double exposure. It’s like having two photographs on one picture the second lightly layered across the top of the first caused by some camera malfunction, but to me it seemed like pure magic. I remember the first one I ever saw. I was in the 5th grade and I’d been photographing my barbies in jungle attire (outfits made from grass and leaves) and a toy horse. When I was flipping through the pictures I came across one that was perfect, it was a barbie situated gracefully in a rose bush with a horse head lightly veiled across the frame; it was beautiful.
14 years later in a world where film is mostly a distant memory from the past double exposures aren’t something seen very often, so you could imagine my excitement when I found this great tutorial on The Dapper Toad all about How to Fake a Double Exposure. As soon as my daughter was down for the night I headed strait for my photo archives to see what I had in stock that I could layer. I found a black and white portrait I’d taken of my husband a few years ago and a photograph of the Moon Jellyfish at the Waikiki Aquarium I’d taken when we were first married and I set to work. Above is what I came up with and my Hubby was kind enough to give me his permission to share it with you.
The tutorial is super easy to follow and it’s such a fun effect to play around with. Have fun!
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