Exposure Stacking

I learned a new technique this weekend. Well, not new, but new to me. It’s called exposure stacking. It’s a method of combining several exposures into a single image. Why? Read on! I wanted to go for a silky-smooth water effect with a neutral density filter that allowed me to keep the shutter open for several seconds. The problem with just shooting this way straight up is that there are other things in the scene moving and I didn’t want those things blurred by motion.

So for each of these shots I took two exposures. A quick one and a long one. I combined them into Photoshop layers and erased all but the water from the long exposure, so the quick exposure signed through on the rest of the image. I’m pretty pleased with the results I got. I hope you like them.

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The Great Salt Lake

I’m experimenting with another technique that is new… Or at least new to me. I learned it from Trey Ratcliff’s New Zealand landscape tutorial. Essentially you bracket your shots. Then, in post, you edit one in Lightroom, create an HDR with the others, and pick and chose the best parts of each image when compositing. I still have some practicing to do, but it sure was fun!