Weekend Shots

I had a busy weekend, and it was wonderful. I went to a country fair in the middle of nowhere with some friends, visited Wayne State University’s gorgeous campus, went to the Memorial Day parade in Dexter, and visited my Grandpa. I took my Holga 120 TIM with me on my escapades.

The TIM has the ability to make multiple exposures and split the frame in two. You can make your own stereographs with it because of this feature. You can make as many exposures as you want as well, like the crowd one was three different exposures.

Yeah, I just goofed around with this camera all weekend. I am actually a little emotional over the picture I got of my grandpa, because he is so stoic and I got him without him noticing. You know, the whole “acting for the camera thing?” It’s not a factor in this picture. Roland Barthes is all emotional of the photograph of his mother as a child, and I am emotional over this photograph of my grandpa.

So, yeah. I took pictures of things this weekend. I have a schedule of interesting photo shoots coming up, and I am really looking forward to it. I’m longing for constructed images like nobody’s business.

That’s all for now. Happy Shooting!


Dream On: More Negative Alterations Depicting Dreams

Even though I’ve been insanely busy with ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, I’m still producing work! I’ve been working on my dream series some more, manipulating negatives, and just kind of trying new things out.

(Shout out to all of my friends who modeled for me, and to my boyfriend for drawing a tiny little ship for me, and holding the scary lighter when burning the negative for the last one.)

So, how did I do these? I’ll tell ya, even though I’m risking losing my reputation as a total genius (or losing my delusions of grandeur.)

The falling one was all about timing and flipping the frame. Have a friend jump, and if you timed it correctly, they may look like they are falling off the earth!

The ship one was simple enough- a little ship was sewn onto the negative. You have to be able to draw really tiny (or know someone who can.) Or, an alternative could be to draw a ship directly onto the print.

That dark blob thing was just a three-second exposure of my friend thrashing around in a big poofy black dress.

Ah, yes. The girl cut in two. This one is really easy, if you have a splitzer. A splitzer is one of those tools Lomographers like to use, and I think you can buy one, but what’s the point in that when you can just make one out of black construction paper? Trace your lens, cut out the circular shape, cut that in half, and ta-da! A splitzer. To make a cool photo like the one above, have the splitzer cover half of your frame, snap the picture, double expose the frame (see google for how to do this with your camera,) and put the splitzer on the other side of your frame, and snap again. Cool, huh?

Nail polish and camera angles for the tree one. I saw someone do something like this somewhere (flickr maybe?) and I kinda wanted to try it. Throw some glitter nail polish on, and it looks like there are little fairy lights bobblin’ around.

The star one is easily one of my favorite because I’m a huge sucker for rainbows. This one took pre-planning, with negative alterations in mind. I took a star shaped hole-punch, a needle to scratch out the other stars, and star nail polish. Boom.

The bunny photo and the whale photo are just double exposures.

The last one was tricky. Again, I planned ahead with alterations in mind. My boyfriend and I took the negative and burned it, to make it look like he is running away from a burning frame. We used one of those long lighters to lower risk of injury, and burned it slowly. I played with the saturation of the burned parts in Photoshop, and that’s how that one was done.

I think we’re done altering negatives now for class, but man, I don’t think I’m done. I’m going to keep this technique in mind for the future. And, for the love of God, try this technique some time.

Happy Shooting!


Regent’s Flower

I may be back in the United States, but my film keeps on coming in.

Thursday, my second to last day in the wonderful city of London, started out bright and early with my friend Sarah. We did a photo shoot in Regent’s Park, mostly in Queen Mary’s Rose Garden. I used Lomochrome Purple XR film in my Twin Holga camera, then re-shot it in my Minolta after rolling it back up. The results are stunning.

The middle photo in the bottom row was printed wrong in the lab, but it still looks cool so whatever.

I’ve been curious to see what happens when you double expose Lomochrome Purple film, and hey, I am not disappointed in the least. I look forward to shooting more doubles on this film.

If you’re planning on shooting Lomochrome Purple- totally get some vegetation in your shots. It’s work it, I promise.

Side note: I got an email from my professor regarding my photography class this fall- it’s all analog and other processes, and holy cow it’s less than two weeks away and I am so excited!

Happy Shooting!

P.S.- Is anyone going to London? Can I sneak a ride in your suitcase?

Une journée à Versailles

Today is a good day. I got my prints and negatives from the shoot I did in the gardens at Versailles:

The first image was an accident. Whoops. The other two, not so much. My Voigtlander Brillant v6 did exactly what I wanted it to do, which was create a foggy, dreamlike effect. I think I found a good use for this camera.

Some unfortunate things did happen. I had two potentially AWESOME photographs, but… I somehow accidentally double exposed them? I have NO IDEA how I accomplished this on my ancient camera, but whatever. That’s why I shot in digital, too.

I tried emulating the dream-like effect that my medium format camera wielded, but I didn’t get close at all. I do like what I ended up with though- the feeling I wanted is still there.

Originally, this shoot was going to have at least six or seven girls in it, but plans got all mixed up and our group all didn’t end up going to Versailles on the same day. It was for the best though, because it was difficult enough arranging three girls in an unknown place- I can’t imagine trying to do that with six or seven girls! Though, hopefully one day I can get a chance.

So, yeah, another international shoot under my belt. I have one more set of photos I’m waiting on that features a model, so keep an eye out. Until then, you know what to do: Happy Shooting!


Double Exposure Improv

Over Memorial Day Weekend, my Minolta X700 quit on me. I found out that my battery had finally died, but this was after I shot half a roll on the camera, re-wound it, took it out, and examined if anything was wrong on the inside. Oh well. I put my roll into my Sears KS-1 and took it with me to the zoo. So, I have photos from my trip to the beach superimposed with my pictures from the zoo. Check it out!

That peacock standing on the lion was a total accident but it was too funny to not include.

I kinda threw my roll in the Sears KS-1 because I thought my Minolta was done for. As it turns out, I got some nice results from my panic. I’m in love with the last picture, with the girl at the aquarium with the seal super-imposed.

So, the Double Exposure Challenge was a bit of a bust, but that’s okay. I’ll try a different challenge in the far off future, maybe when I have more readership than I do now. C’est la vie! Life goes on!

In happier news, I found out that the Grand Rapids Art Museum will be hosting my series, Home Sweet Home for ArtPrize 2014! I’m super excited because this is the biggest exhibition/event that I have ever been a part of, and it’s such a huge honor my work will be shown at the GRAM! I look forward to updating you all on the process! The exhibition at the GRAM will be from September 17th to October 12th, so if you’re in the Grand Rapids area, be sure to check it out.

That’s all for now. Happy Shooting!

Deo’s Double Exposure Challenge!

And now for something new!

Double exposure is a photographic process originally used for analog. A double exposure is the superimposition of two exposures to create a single image. Sometimes it’s the same exposure multiple times, or different exposures. Nowadays, this process can be done a multitude of ways.

If you know how to shoot double exposures, you can save yourself from my explanations below and skip forward to my challenge.


In-Camera Double Exposure

This is my favorite way of shooting double exposures, because I feel that it can be challenging and this process forces you to think. There are two ways that you can shoot double exposures in-camera:

Shoot a Roll Twice

  1. Shoot a full roll of film, then rewind it and shoot it again.
  2. When you shoot the roll the first time, be sure to under exposure each image by one stop. Then, when you re-shoot the roll, under expose by one stop AGAIN. This is because you are layering exposures, so the combination of the two one stop under exposures will balance each other out and create a properly exposed double-exposure. Make sense?
  3. It is also important to pay attention when rewinding your film- you do not want to rewind it all the way back into the canister, as it will be difficult to pull it back out.
  4. For most cameras, if you rewind the film up until the moment the rewinding-crank stops resisting, you should be fine. Or, you could sit in a pitch-dark room, take your film out, and rewind it by hand (I usually use a pair of scissors to do this.)

Shoot Double Exposures with the Film-Rewind Trick

  1. Shoot the exposure you want, then while holding down the film-rewind button, push the film-advance lever. That way the film won’t advance. This is the process I use, and the exposure rules I explained above still apply.
  2. You have to pay close attention when using this approach, because when you are ready to take the next set of doubles you have to advance the film all the way.
  3. So, when shooting double exposures, the pattern would be something like this: snap, hold down film-rewind and advance the film, snap, advance the film without holding down the film-rewind button.
  4. Not all cameras can do this, so be sure to poke around the internet for more information on your particular camera before shooting.

Layering Negatives

This is a process I have never used, but I found a nice, short article that gives the general idea of how to do this. And, the images are breath-taking: http://petapixel.com/2012/09/10/create-beautiful-surreal-photographs-by-stacking-your-film-negatives/

The Digital Approach

This is the very first process I used, and a lot of people are using it nowadays, since analog photography is nearly obsolete or pursued by hipsters or photography students or… You get it.

Layer and Change Opacity

  1. Open your photo-editing software and take two images, and layer them on top of one another.
  2. Then, select the top layer, and change the opacity so you can see the image beneath it.
  3. Play with contrast, hue, saturation, whatever you want to get your desired results.

BONUS: Double Exposure Silhouettes

Pop Photo made a good tutorial on how to make double exposures with silhouettes of faces. Here is the link to that tutorial: http://www.popphoto.com/how-to/2014/04/how-to-shoot-camera-double-exposure-photo


So you know how this whole double exposure business works, but you don’t know why I bothered making this large post about it, and I mentioned something about a challenge? Well…


I am challenging you all to shoot some double exposed images to send in to me, and they will be featured here on my blog. Here’s how to do it, and here are the details:

  1. You must email me the image you want to include and if you have a blog or website, or somewhere else, please include the link. My email address is owensbydanielle@gmail.com. Please tell me your name or your business, and the title of the image.
  2. The image size should be as small as it can be, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  3. Please insert either your name or your blogs name in the file name.
  4. Remember to include a link to your blog or website.

Please note you don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to be in this challenge, you can have a link to a Facebook page, a Flickr page, anywhere really, or no link.  I just want to see people trying/sharing their double exposure work- this is all for fun!
Just to let you know also, that as soon as the challenge is published, all emails and images you have sent me are deleted from my computer.  I respect your copyright and would never keep any of the images. That, and it would be just plain rude of me to do that.

I will be taking submissions until MAY 31ST. All images will be posted, so this is a cool way to get your work seen!

If you have any questions, feel free to comment or email me!

Five Months

It has been five months since I’ve done a roll of double exposures on my Minolta X700. More than that, maybe, I don’t know. I’ve lost count. It was probably for the best, because for a while there I was double-exposure happy. But, I have come off my hiatus with a developed roll that I started at the end of March in Dayton, OH and finished today here in Michigan.

As I mentioned before, I started this roll in Dayton, OH. The second picture is of my friend Rachel, in this weird room in our hotel parking garage. The hotel we were in was extra shady, mostly because of this parking garage. After the sixth level, there were no lights and there were tarps on the ceiling, and on the second floor there was this room. It had no explanation, just a desk and a single, creepy, light bulb. So, Rachel posed all stoic-like for me.

The next three images are from when I moved out of my dorm about two weeks ago. My room was empty, and I figured I might as well take advantage of it. My favorite is the red-hued image (that’s me on the floor with my fish, Charlemagne.) I framed everything and my boyfriend pressed the shutter. Team work!

The last three are from this past weekend, when I went with my niece and nephews to a carnival near our house. We had to leave early because of violence (long story, people are dumb,) and ended up at a park by the end of the evening.

I have one image that I scanned in straight from film, and that’s because I was looking over my prints and realized that one of the images I took wasn’t printed by the lab. So, I scanned it in myself, and took some liberties with the colors.

That’s my niece and nephew, waiting in-line for the pirate ship ride, with the ferris wheel superimposed. It’s my favorite because if you look closely, you can see that they are holding hands.

I also took a couple non-double exposures that I think have their merits, so here they are.

Those are my nephews, and that is the pirate ride. I think the light leak that appeared over the bottom half of the image was pretty lucky. It makes it look misty, and hey, pirate ships and mist? They go well together.

Do you guys enjoy taking double exposures? If so, how do you do it? Do you do it with your digital camera and them put images together in Photoshop? Do you put two negatives together? Or do you do your double exposures in-camera? Comment and share!

Since I like doing double exposures so much, I think I might so a double-exposure challenge for you guys. But, more on that later.

Happy shooting!

The World’s Largest Abandoned Gem

The Detroit Packard Plant is the world’s largest abandoned factory. I have the pleasure of living about twenty-minutes away from it. Quite a few people from my area like to frequent the “Packard”, some to take pictures, some to explore. I’ve heard about skits being performed there and even mini-concerts. It’s pretty cool.

The building is so large and vast it would take several visits to see it all. Covered in graffiti and a consistent dumping ground for large objects, visiting the Packard is a new experience every time you go. You never know what you’re going to find. This was my first time visiting the Packard. I had a shoot I wanted to do as a part of my Pleasures of Levitation series, so my friends and I wandered around a little bit before I chose a location.

I’ll admit, it was sketchy in a few places. We came across a chop-shop being used in one of the abandoned warehouses, and within five-minutes of us being near it they shut down and moved the three BMW’s parked outside of it. Whoops? The plant was dark in a lot of spots, so I avoided the shadows. I may be a young adult, but I’m still afraid of the dark. I’m a pansy.

I figured while I was there I might as well shoot some film, too. I also figured I could try some more double exposures, since I’m starting to get the hang of it. Tip: pay attention to the high lights and low lights of each exposure. I shot on expired Kodak Gold 400, I think circa 2007. I love the grain in the dark spots.

We also took a trip to the Heidelberg Project, since it was just down the street from the Packard. If you ever come to Detroit, I recommend checking out the eastside. Despite it’s reputation, there are some interesting things to see in the way of urban decay and art.

Double Exposures

I’ve been really itching to try double exposures on my Minolta X-700, and after a week of shooting I finished my roll. It usually doesn’t take me that long to fill a roll, but the double exposure idea I had in mind required 20 different people to photograph. I essentially “collected” people all week. I would ask my friends, family, and neighbors to pose for me.


The idea behind it was that I think we all have the desire to see marvelous things and travel and just live our lives to the fullest, but life happens and gets in the way and we don’t do the marvelous things we think about. I always hear people talking about how they would love to do x, y, or z, but they can’t because of reason 1, 2, and 3. One of my desires in life is to do these marvelous things and not let life hold me down with reasons 1, 2, 3. Are ya following me?

My first exposure was pictures of pictures of interesting travel places, like the Grand Canyon, the Great Pyramids of Giza, etc. After I filled my roll with exposures of these places, I rewound (rewinded? rewound? uh?) and shot people doing ordinary things. I got my dad making coffee, my mom getting ready for work, my sister when we were out for dinner, stuff like that.The sad thing is only 5 out of 24 really came out nicely. But hey- that’s okay, 5 is better than nothing! I love working with film and the unpredictability of it.

All five of the pictures are in my film work tab, so be sure to check it out. I’m heading to Chicago tomorrow to visit my best friend, so keep an eye out for some more updates and photos.