There are only so many ways to photograph a red barn. After a “red barn photographic marathon” in Palouse I began wondering what else I could possibly do with red barns. As my mind started to wander, so did my body. I found myself in front of some tall grass on the side of the road.
I started experimenting with the grass, taking some abstract photos of just the strands. I set my shutter to 1/30th of a second and panned up the contour of the blades while pressing the shutter. After a couple of attempts, I really started to like what I saw. It was then that I had a eureka moment and decided to create a multiple exposure image by combining a static shot of the red barn that I had taken earlier with an abstract motion shot of the tall grass.
My image is actually what came out of the in-camera merge. I cleaned it up a bit, but I was pleasantly surprised at what the camera itself produced. For some reason I always seem to forget about this wonderful camera feature. In fact, the last time I got a great multiple exposure shot directly out of camera was when my youngest daughter (who is now 7) happily toddled some of her very first steps across my viewfinder.