In Between Worlds

Yellow grasses against a blue-green background.

“In Between Worlds” is a camera movement and multiple exposure photograph that I made from several pictures of decorative grasses in my front yard on a bit of a stormy afternoon. I combined the lightest parts of the images (the golden grasses) so they would be intertwined and give depth to the final picture.

The darker backgrounds come from images that were blurred by camera movement. As they were layered, they started forming the beautiful blues that are seen here. Layering images is similar to mixing paints to apply to a canvas or paper. Two or maybe three images are usually the most I will layer. More than that and the background can start to become too dark and mottled. Of course, dark and mottled can be a good look if that’s what you intend for your image.

I was really trying to capture the feeling of the day in the picture. The skys were stormy behind the grasses (I was facing east) and had a moody feel to them. However, the sun behind me was bright and lit up the grasses beautifully. I love that I was able to capture such a great subject right at the end of my driveway and get both moods in one image.

If you want to see more of my multiple exposure and camera movement work you can check out my Instagram feed or just hop over to my photography site at https://ryandavisonphotography.com .

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