Drum roll please;-) I will now reveal the secret sauce behind the “In Anticipation…” images. Just kidding…hopefully you had some fun trying to figure out what was going on.
The studio lighting and setup is as shown in the figure below:
Images “Anticipation of Spring”:
1) Two images overlaid. First image shot with a piece of textured glass between the camera and all of the flowers. The shutter speed was 1/4sec so the glass could be moved vertically while the shutter was open. Second image shot without the glass. The two images were merged into one using the in camera overlay function - being careful to keep the stamen of the front flower strong enough to serve as a focal point.
2) Single image with glass between first tulip and the two other tulips. Glass moved during the exposure in an obtuse angle.
3) Two images overlaid. First image shot with glass between the first tulip and all the others. The glass was moved in a small circular pattern in this case. The second image was shot without the glass, defocused and exposed +1-2 EV. The two images were then merged with the in camera overlay function.
4) Two images overlaid. First image shot straight, no glass, etc. Second image defocused and overexposed +1-2 EV. Merged in camera again.
5) Just a simple, single swipe at 1/4 sec.
Images “More Anticipation”
2) Same as #2 above.
3) Two images overlaid. First image shot with front flower in focus and background flower out of focus. Second images shot with the background flower in focus and foreground flower out of focus - f3 used for both. The two images were then merged with the in camera overlay function.
4) Simple 9 shot multiple exposure of a tulip while panning to the right.
5) Single shot of three tulips shot through a stationary piece of texture glass (like you see on a shower door).