Week 44: Seeing Double

I found a roll with some lettering on it that kind of looked like I had shot it already, but the leader was sticking out.  So I thought, what the heck, let’s double expose this bad-boy and see what happens.  I frankly can’t remember what camera I used on the first go-around, but the second one was my Yashica TL Electro-X, with a Helios 44-2, 58mm/f2 bokeh bomber.  I purposely shot with ‘swirlies’ in mind, often at f2 or f2.8.  The swirls are not as intense as it’s big brother, the 40-1 (at 85mm) or the Lomography Petzval lens, but they are similar.  And Helios 44-2s are pretty cheap.  I picked mine up with a Zenit B for ~$40 USD.  The Zenit works fine, but I tend to shoot the Helios on either my dSLR or on my Electro-X.

It is a roll of Fuji 200, developed in a Jobo C-41 Press Kit.  From the results, it looked like the original shots were taken in the early Spring and since this was past-peak for the Fall, it is kind of bookends my two favorite seasons.  Half the fun of this roll was figuring out where to cut the negative to put into the sleeves (hmm, how about … there *snip*.  Oh crap I think I just cut one frame in half) and then trying to scan the images.  I ended up manually moving a 35mm window around till the result looked interesting, and then scanned.

This was my first experiment with double-exposures.  Perhaps others with more experience can enlighten me–do you usually shoot at say, 1/2 exposure so the two combined is about a full exposure?  Or just wing-it like I did?

Forsythia in Blue Velvet

Forsythia in Blue Velvet

Acid Trip Album Cover

Acid Trip Album Cover

Barn in Fall

Barn in Fall

Swirly Rock

Swirly Rock

Nature's Tie-Dye

Nature’s Tie-Dye

I think this last one escaped the double-exposure.  And gives a good idea of the swirly bokeh the Helios can exhibit.

I Swirl, therefore I am

I Swirl, therefore I am

What a hoot.

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