There are two ways of doing most things

Clearly you’re way ahead of me today – that’s it – the easy way and the hard way.

Whenever I take a task on it’s not that I consciously choose the hard way, but I keep coming up against problems which I hadn’t anticipated. The snags mount up and the brain has to work overtime to solve them. Usually the whole task takes three times as long as I anticipated and in the end I do mange completion and while it sort of works – it’s not quite in the way I imagined.

Then of course along comes some smart chap and does the whole thing in half the time, with minimum effort and a superb result! Hey ho that’s life.

The same is true in photography. One sees a clever image in a magazine and it is tempting to think “I could do that!”

“Easy… you just …”  but that doesn’t work – or at least it sort of does and you toil away getting in deeper and deeper – and you wind up with something that doesn’t look anything like what you wanted and worst of all you can’t exactly remember what you did to achieve it.

It’s the same with multiple images. Avid watchers of this blog  (note the use of the anticipatory plural – there could be more than one of you) will know that we have had our share of layered images – some of them quite spectacular. My noble guru says “Why not do it in camera?” So this week I have tried to do so. What you see here are pictures taken simply by rotating the camera for photographs of Southwell in Nottinghamshire.

Photoshop? Just a little cropping and smartening up but essentially what you see is what the camera saw.

Was that the easy way?

Some would say “Yes” but I’m not so sure. – getting verticals at 90 degrees to the earth was a struggle and as for turning the camera upside down! I think I need a longer camera strap or a thinner neck.

My thanks to the passer by in Southwell who stood near me and said in a scarcely audible socially distanced stage whisper. “You have a nice camera there but I think you are holding it upside down!”

Have a great weekend.