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Duet for Violin and Piano | by djwtwo
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Duet for Violin and Piano

Well, not really.

 

This was my shot for the monthly photo club meeting at the office, where our theme for the month was "Music" (I also included a few "musical" selections from my 365 in what I shared with the group). I had completely forgotten about the group lunch until last night, after getting in from a late meeting, so I had a few flashbacks of 365 panic as I looked around for a shot.

 

I started off with a picture of sheet music from one of my daughter's violin text books, going for a fairly shallow DoF. I liked the shot well enough, but it didn't feel terribly original. I also shot a few quick pictures of the keys on the family piano, mostly just going for a rule-of-thirds composition, and, again, I liked, but didn't love, the shot.

 

When I was in post-processing, observing that the two shots were both very monochrome, I decided to experiment with treating them as a double exposure, which is something I've been meaning to experiment with for some time, and I was pleasantly surprised by the end result.

 

Both shots were done with the new 18-300mm lens on my D7000, at ƒ/8, and lit with a single strobe (bare strobe across the face of the sheet music, and bounced off the ceiling in the case of the piano keys.) To get the double-exposure in post, I started with a solid black background in Photoshop, then added the two shots in Linear (Add) blend mode at 50% opacity. Did some levels tweaking to get some contrast back, and applied a slight sepia wash in Aperture for the final image.

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Taken on March 6, 2013