Quick Tip on Blending Two Photos in Time Bracketing

Quick Tip on Blending Two Photos in Time Bracketing

Photographer Marc Muench took a compelling photo while out in Death Valley National Park. The sun is setting and it appears as if the night is rolling in at hyper speed, allowing the stars and clouds to shine through the still-bright sky. This image is, indeed, a composite but not so much a composite of completely different images–it is more of a composite of time. This simple technique is what Muench likes to call “Time Bracketing”.

Take a picture from 1 position at 2 different times of day for a great effect. ©Marc Muench

Take a picture from 1 position at 2 different times of day for a great effect. ©Marc Muench

Capturing different exposures of the same scene and merging them together later is the basic concept behind High Dynamic Range photography. What makes Time Bracketing a little different is that it is allowing the time of day, rather than just in-camera settings, to dictate the exposure and scene for blending later.

This is how Muench was able to get bright stars in the same frame as a bright setting sun and it is a nice way to get a very unique look in a nature photo while still staying true to the environment of the scene you are capturing. Check out his behind-the-scenes video to see just how he got this shot:

Thanks goes out to Marc Muench for letting us share this tip us!

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Alexandria Huff's photography and lighting tutorials can be found on 500px and her blog. She is a Marketing Coordinator for BorrowLenses.com and also writes for SmugMug. She learned about lighting and teaching while modeling for photographers such as Joe McNally and has since gone on to teach lighting workshops of her own in San Francisco. See her chiaroscuro-style painterly portraits on her website.

3 Comments

  1. It’s basically like Time Lapse Photography but in post you just merge the shots.

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  2. Amazing area to visit and create photographs. Can’t wait to get out there again!

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  3. Eric, You are correct, and I also use this technique to blend surf in areas where waves break in multiple locations of a particular scene. Each subject that you time-bracket requires a different method of blending, but that is the fun part.

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