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07/09/2013 06:27:00 AM · #1
Have you discovered ways of shooting that created a textured overlay feel? I thought maybe you could shoot through waxed paper to get a cool crinkly effect, but it was way too opaque and didn't work at all.

I shot this through the shower door, but that's not exactly portable.

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and this is obviously the dirty, wet window.

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I haven't tried the Vaseline on the filter yet, but doesn't that just give a soft focus?

So I'm curious what people have played with and discovered.
07/09/2013 07:27:16 AM · #2
Calling Ritz... Calling J.M. Ritz...
07/09/2013 08:55:18 AM · #3
pretty much anything you shoot through creates an overlay of some sort...
07/09/2013 09:34:57 AM · #4
this would be a cool minimal editing challenge.
07/09/2013 09:49:19 AM · #5
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In John's description he gives great details on how he achieved this....Until I read that I didn't see all that he used/did....once I had read it...it made total sense and I could see all the elements. I would love for cutout to chime in here as well...
07/09/2013 10:01:08 AM · #6
While experimenting for this challenge, even though I didnt enter one (not worthy) I discovered several things that worked well. One is a small plate of glass that I poured soda on and let dry in the sun and then similar to cutout, I used wet/dry paper towels in front of it. It will create some unique textures. I think Cory did something similar for a couple of his shots that he has done in the past.

Anything translucent to semi-translucent will work depending on the look your going for I guess. I struggled for several days on it myself. Hope this gives you some ideas.
07/09/2013 10:18:27 AM · #7
Originally posted by thriftyphotographer:

this would be a cool minimal editing challenge.

+1 I like this idea
07/09/2013 10:34:27 AM · #8
Originally posted by Damon:

While experimenting for this challenge, even though I didnt enter one (not worthy) I discovered several things that worked well. One is a small plate of glass that I poured soda on and let dry in the sun and then similar to cutout, I used wet/dry paper towels in front of it. It will create some unique textures. I think Cory did something similar for a couple of his shots that he has done in the past.

Anything translucent to semi-translucent will work depending on the look your going for I guess. I struggled for several days on it myself. Hope this gives you some ideas.


oooh -- a wet paper towel sounds rather interesting -- that could become rather translucent.

That's just it -- I'm not finding things that are that translucent. I've tried lace in the past, but the results weren't that interesting.
07/09/2013 11:14:42 AM · #9
Ok, so - here's the thing - translucent is great, if your subject is VERY close to the material, a bit of cooking oil will increase the transparency.

Otherwise, you'll want to go transparent, and then balance the lighting.

I find mylar to be pretty darn useful for this. Add a bit of staining with coffee, ink, whatever, if you'd like - and then scratch it with heavy grit sandpaper.

Really just play with it, that's the key.
07/09/2013 11:36:39 AM · #10
another good one is
get a sheet of acetate-about 15 by 20cm,
while taking a shot you wave it in frond of the lens
you will be getting because of the movement multiple reflection
excellent for street pic
07/09/2013 11:41:27 AM · #11
Bubble wrap:
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07/09/2013 11:53:04 AM · #12
Back illumination of packaging materials.
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07/09/2013 12:15:14 PM · #13
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flying by the seat of one's pants rocks

Message edited by author 2013-07-09 12:17:28.
07/09/2013 12:34:05 PM · #14
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waving sheet of acetate
07/09/2013 12:42:49 PM · #15
Stockings/pantyhose (or other sheer fabrics) might work -- depending on how you use it you can also get a star-filter effect.
07/09/2013 06:57:01 PM · #16
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This one is a drive by leaving a Shaw's parking lot. Plastic Glad bag over the camera. The plastic blurred it and the noise from the Sony filled in the rest. ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1557/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1009207.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1557/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1009207.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

07/09/2013 07:31:08 PM · #17
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for this i used a sheet of FLICK
semi opaque plastic
(should have subdued the colours a bit)
07/09/2013 07:57:51 PM · #18
thank you all for sharing, and especially John for being so specific, although of course we still haven't a clue how he thinks.
07/09/2013 08:38:03 PM · #19
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Stockings/pantyhose (or other sheer fabrics) might work -- depending on how you use it you can also get a star-filter effect.


I would think gauze/tulle would work well too...even crumpled up a bit. Or for that matter any type of sheer fabric like Paul said.
07/10/2013 10:02:48 AM · #20
Originally posted by thriftyphotographer:

this would be a cool minimal editing challenge.


That would be a great challenge. Hope ypu suggest it in the challenge suggestions. My most successful overlay without pp was one I took of my cat through a screen. I wonder if I can find it?
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