An Experiment with Multiple Exposures

Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. It’s like boats. You keep your motor on so you can steer with the current. And when you hear the sound of the waterfall coming nearer and nearer, tidy up the boat, put on your best tie and hat, and smoke a cigar right up till the moment you go over. That’s a triumph.― Ray Bradbury, Farewell Summer

Ray Bradbury may be right about letting go.  It is a triumph for him, but it is something I still struggle with.  I want to fiercely hold onto the moments that bring me joy and the dear people that fill these moments.  So, as summer wanes and the light fades, I’m still longing for the warmth and brightness of summer.

This weekend I experimented with a 60mm Fuji macro lens on loan from  I created an image using the multiple exposures setting in camera.  Here’s the result of blending of two images of brightly-hued gladiolas that are cheering up my living room window.  In post, I applied a Topaz filter.  I like the combination of lighter and darker tones, as well as a mixture of more distinct and less distinct petals.

Farewell to Summer, multiple exposure. Shot with a Fuji X-T2 with a 60mm Fuji lens

But what do you think of the image?  Are you sad that summer is ending or are you already looking ahead to the colder weather?  For those of you who have wet and dry seasons, does the shift affect your moods?

More importantly, it’s time for me to stop grumbling and wish you an inspiring week!

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  1. I love this image with its shades and lighter parts, its distinctiveness in some petals and its “letting go” in others. Looking at it holds a breath of summer still…I always feel sad when summer is gone, but not this year. We had a cold, rainy and unfogivingly windy summer that destroyed flowers and tiny creatures, fruits and vegetables…Hopefully there will be an indian summer or at least some dryer and brighter days ahead before winter turns on us.

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    • Wow, Jackie. You reminded me of my visit in Seattle last year to the Chihuly Museum. Have you gone? And thanks so much for your comment on my photo. It makes me happy this weekend and lifted my grumpy mood 🙂 Hope all’s well with you!

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    • Thanks, Sally! Speaking of summery florals, I was just looking at a winter sweater in Garnet Hill which was patterned with flowers. Oh dear, it’s hopeless! Summer is almost over. 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing your next work tomorrow! Hope you had a lovely weekend.


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