23 May Compressing time and space

Source: Don Craig

A very personal view times two

At a press conference a few weeks ago, I shot a few double exposures with my X-Pro3 and XF50mm f2 lens, which I published here. Since then, I have explored this technique more fully and come to appreciate the combination of two moments in one image as another means of telling a story. Particularly at the press conferences, where there are few people in the theatre and most are far apart, the compression of space and time in one frame adds layers of information and juxtaposes the actors on stage with those of us who are normally behind the scenes.

After my initial exploration, I switched back to my work X-T3 fronted with the XF50-140mm lens. The X-T3 has fewer options for multiple exposures than the X-Pro3, so I have worked with those limitations as I combine different moments and people into one black-and-white JPEG. Using the long telephoto lens provides increased options for framing and composition over a prime lens. The ability to shoot tight and to pull back lets me play with scale as well. The theatrical lighting is a bonus for making these images, giving me plenty of contrast to work with. The placement of dark and light areas of the combined images is critical to the success of each picture.

This has been a strictly personal exploration, with exactly none of these images used by government. They get the very professional images that I am expected to deliver.

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