After way over 100,000 image captures
You may think you’ve tried every technique trick
And – then you discover you were wrong (again)
Even better when the result exceeds what you imagined
When you first asked yourself “what if?”
Looks like a Orton image overlay, but it’s not
It’s single exposure 100% in-camera capture
No gimmicks; just photographer & camera
Introducing – “The Knepley Technique”
Naming it after yourself? Really. Why not?
105 mm 1:1 macro, 1.4 X teleconverter, circular polarizer, tripod
Another step on my way back to photographing things
Instead of just writing about them
Q. – Ask yourself -
How was this image made?
It was done entirely in camera
100% natural light
It is a single exposure.
It may resemble a Orton overlay but it’s not
Orton requires two exposures
and subsequent work combining them
Whether film or digital
My technique is complete
once the shutter closes
There is nothing between the lens & orchid
nor is there anything behind the orchid
(except a black backdrop)
SO – where does the softness & glow come from??
There are other ways to make images with an ethereal glow
If you like that sort of thing
Viewers often do
Judges usually don’t
Two overlaid images (done in camera below)
SO – Where does the Knepley Technique glow come from?
A. Yesterday after finishing with this orchid for the day
I asked myself – What if
I took a long exposure (13 sec. in today’s example)
And during that exposure
I varied the focal point over a wide range?
In today’s example
1. The flower was in sharp focus when the shutter was released
2. I counted to 3 to let the starting image register “sharply” and
3. Then changed the focus from sharp to as far out of focus as the lens’ focus ring would turn
(done slowly over the remaining exposure time and moving out of focus in the direction that causes the image to “bloom”, i.e. get larger)
What you see above is what I got. It’s also what I expected to get – but better.
I’ll be experimenting further with the “Knepley Technique”
It’s certain to become part of my technique repertoire
Give it a try & let me know what you think.
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