On Taking Assignments #43 - Multiple Exposure

Taking on a project can be daunting, and there are times that you want to just skip a day or when you just can't seem to find inspiration.

Not only did I procrastinate this assignment until the last minute, but my first few attempts at taking a double exposure were comically bad.  Let's just say it involved a pumpkin and my head and let's leave it at that.  

Nikon treats double exposures similar to a film camera in that you have to get the exposures right in camera in sequential order.  You can't just pick any shot on the card and shoot the second image on top of it.

I could tell it wasn't working very early on, so I started to experiment with other objects in the room.  I finally came up with this concept after an hour and It took another hour to get this shot.

When I was fumbling through my original idea and getting nowhere, I seriously considered just going to bed.  But like a few other times I was eventually able to break through, and shot one of my favorite images from the project. 

When you won't allow yourself to fail, and force yourself to push through, the results can surprise you.  I was glad to have fought through this one, and more than happy with the outcome.

On Taking Assignments

I frequently listen to the On Taking Pictures (OTP) podcast, which I highly recommend to anyone looking for good conversation about creativity, especially as it related to photography.  In January 2014 the hosts, Bill Wadman and Jeffery Saddoris, began a new segment of weekly assignments that they gave to listeners.  Results of the assignments are posted on the OTP Google Plus group.  I decided that I would commit myself to the assignments for a year without interruption, and that I would complete each one before the next assignment was announced on the show each Tuesday morning.  My 'On Taking Assignments' blog posts are the culmination of my year-long focus on these assignments.