Lensbaby Blog Circle – Experimenting with Double Exposures

I’m cheating a little this month by only sharing three images for the Lensbaby Blog Circle. Ideally I like to share between 5 and 10 but I missed last month so I really didn’t want to miss another!

Recently I joined David DuChemin’s online course Making The Image. I was feeling in a bit of a creative rut when the course popped into my inbox so decided to join. An unexpected bonus of the course is a monthly theme or project and June’s project is double exposures.

My Fuji has the ability to shoot double exposures but it’s a function that I keep forgetting about but early this month I was at Crosby beach with the Sol 45 and decided to give it a try.

I learned two lessons…..

First of all it’s not easy. It’s easy to create a pointless jumbled image, harder to create something that looks appealing.

And second, the images look flat and could be easily dismissed but with a bit of processing in Lightroom they can really come to life.

Lensbaby Sol 45 - double exposure photography at Crosby beach
Lensbaby Sol 45 - double exposure photography at Crosby beach
Lensbaby Sol 45 - double exposure photography at Crosby beach

Next up in this month’s Lensbaby Blog Circle is Gizella who is taking us on a river walk in San Antonio, Texas. Please click here to see her post and then follow the circle for some more Lensbaby inspiration.


  • Carol Vipperman

    These are wonderful Janet! I would like to explore how to do this, so thanks for the information.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Carol! If you do give it a try be prepared for a lot of failures, it’s worthwhile for the ones that work though!

  • Seh-N-Sucht

    I have a book by David CuChemins – 60 Workshops (The visual toolbox) – but it is hard to understand which can be caused by the translation. Often it is so confusing that I think those who translated it are not deep into photography. It is what I did in “visuelle Werkzeuge” on my homepage. Sometimes I think it would be easier to have the English version of it 😉 But anyway it is always great doing things you wouldn’t do without these workshops. Although leaving your comfort zone often brings you steps forward.

    I really love the last one you did. Amazing! Also, the other two are really great even if it is hard to reach an in camera multi-exposure photo that makes sense and is also great! You did it three times! How many photos did you take to get these three?

    Until now I just used two of my four multi-exposure modes inside the camera. Your photos gave me an impulse to try the other two as well.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Herzliche Grüße

    • Janet Broughton

      I’ve always wondered how well some books are translated into other languages, especially specialist books.
      Before I took these three images that worked I took another three of different parts of the beach, one wasn’t too bad, two were rubbish! Then I took one of the figures that didn’t work and then these three. So I think that’s quite a high success rate but the subject definitely helped. I’ve tried a couple of times since with different subjects and been disappointed with the outcome.

  • Gizella Nyquist

    I agree that making a multiple exposure image with a meaning (and not just two random things exposed over each other) is hard, and it takes a lot of planning. You certainly need to pre-visualize your outcome. It’s not easy with two exposures, and you did it with three! Great job and wonderful outcome Janet. In my camera, I don’t have the option of seeing the first exposure and therefore know where I need to place the second one. Are you able to see the first image before taking the second one for perfect placement?

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks for your kind comments Gizella. Yes I can see the first image as I place the second so it definitely helps, everything looks quite dull and flat though so you think it hasn’t worked until you get it in Lightroom!

  • Jessica Verdière

    Dear Janet, I like these men so much, you have them often captured. They are alway so fascinating. Kind regards Jessica

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Jessica, they are fascinating to see in real life too!