I've been itching to play around with double exposures for some time now after seeing several intriguing images on pinterest. While waiting on a client on location a week ago, I spotted a fantasic old Chrysler just begging to be photographed. I took tons of shots from every angle possible, but I thought these two seemed to want to be married in a double exposure.
I loved this angle of the hood ornament. Something about it just screamed for a rich, high contrast edit. I got this effect by using a sharpening brush on the bird, then I created a new layer. On the new layer, I ran a high pass filter, then applied it with a hard mix blending mode. I was really in love with the effect, and I don't think I lowered the opacity much. Lastly, I flattened & saved.
Here's my second image...a little more traditional editing. The car was coated in a thick layer of pollen, and I wanted to bring that out. I opened another layer and ran a high pass filter, this time using a soft light blending mode. I also ran a sharpening action to the entire photo, leaving it at 100% opacity to bring out the sharp details in the lights and bumpers. I used a black and white action to convert the image to black and white...I reduced the opacity on the desaturate layer a tad so that some of the greens of the car's paint and grass would subtly bleed through. Finally, I flattened and saved.
Now for the double exposure:
I opened both images. I wanted the hood ornament shot for my background, so I went to the front end photo, clicked CTRL + A to select the photo, then CTRL + C to copy the photo. I then went back to the ornament photo and clicked Edit, Paste to paste the front end on top of the ornament. This created a new adjustment layer. I lowered the opacity to about 10%. While the front end layer was selected, I created a layer mask and used a black brush to brush off the ghosted image of the front end from the bird and hood of the background image. When I was happy with the image, I flattened and saved.
I seriously love this piece of art! I'm going to print it and present it as a gift to the owner of the body shop who lets me use his property for my photo sessions! This car is his, and he loves it. I think this gives it a new life!