California + Iowa :: Double Exposure on Film

I can’t tell you how excited I am about these images. A lot of planning and thought went into them, along with some minor annoying of my husband, dogs, and little sister.

These double exposures were taken with my trusty ol’ Brownie Hawkeye using expired (1996) Kodak TMax 100 Pro film, with 12 shots on the roll. The first 12 shots were used to take photos that I think are representative of SoCal. I also took identical images on my camera phone so I’d have a reference point for the second go-round in Iowa.

To say I’m thrilled is an understatement. Please keep in mind while you look at them they they were all done in-camera, on film, and that I basically had to guess how the final product would turn out. I hope you enjoy them too! Please feel free to share!  

Shot #1: The PCH at Leo Carillo State Beach

Shot #2: A cornfield in southwest Iowa

(I really like the initial look of chaos, until you realize what you’re looking at.)

Christa Thatcher Photography Shot #1: Lifeguard tower overlooking the beach

Shot #2: An old silo

(I really love how the cliffs below the lifeguard tower just melt into clouds around the silo.) Christa Thatcher Photography Shot #1: A beach in Malibu + Surfers

Shot #2: A cow pasture + Cows

(This one is my FAVORITE. Do you see the cows and the surfers? How about the beach umbrella?) Christa Thatcher Photography Shot #1: The rocky hillside of the PCH

Shot #2: The gate to a field

(I’m digging the mixed perspectives on this.) Christa Thatcher Photography Shot #1: Point Mugu on the PCH

Shot #2: A flooded cornfield

(I had high hopes for this shot! I really love how the rows of corn seem to be sprouting out of the cliffs.) Christa Thatcher Photography Shot #1: Ventura Beach

Shot #2: A country road

(The darkest section is the beach. The section right above it is the sea. And at the top is the sky.) Christa Thatcher Photography Shot #1: Ventura Beach jetty

Shot #2: Cornfield

(The longer you look at this, the more you’ll see!) Christa Thatcher Photography Shot #1: Palm trees

Shot #2: A grain silo

(Another favorite. I was originally searching for a farm windmill, but I like the silo even better.) Christa Thatcher Photography Shot #1: Ventura marina

Shot #2: Aerial view of the fields of Nebraska

(It’s really subtle, but I’m really happy with how this one turned out. You can’t be too picky about lighting an image when you’re in a plane!) Christa Thatcher Photography

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  1. Maggie Schwarck

    These double exposure pictures are so cool. They are all good, but the Ventura Beach jetty and country rode reminds me of a hologram. You are so talented Christa! Maggie


Toby’s Adoptaversary: 2014

Seven years ago today, we flipped a coin and took a chance on a scrawny little beagle pup named Scrappy. (It’s true – we totally flipped a coin to pick our dog. We’ve still never told him.) In honor of the anniversary of his adoption, here’s a look at what this pup’s life is like.
Toby (formerly Scrappy) wakes every morning with a gurgling belly and an insatiable appetite. You don’t understand, his eyes plead. I must eat or I will surely perish. If you don’t acknowledge his predicament quickly enough, he starts to whine and will soon be cramming his wet nose in your face in an effort to get you out of bed.
Eating is a sprint. We joke that he’s half beagle, half goat. He cannot eat quickly enough. And has proven that he’s willing to eat just about anything: Linoleum, trash, stuffed animals, baby birds, etc.
Oh yes. He’s a stone cold baby killer. He didn’t just kill two baby chicks that fell from their nests last year – he ate them whole. Hide yo kids, hide yo wife.
Outside is his favorite place to be, and not just when baby birds are in the trees. You will always find his nose either on the ground or pointed into the air to punctuate a howl. When he finds a particularly succulent scent, he makes a sound we call “gobbling,” which sounds like a turkey in a vacuum that’s stuck in his throat.
And yes, he howls. It’s adorable the first 20 times, but after that, it tends to get annoying. We taught him to “speak” years ago, and never quite figured out how to get him to stop. Folks at the dog park just love the novelty of it (you don’t see a lot of hound dogs in Los Angeles).
He’s part coonhound. He’s part beagle. This means he’s super houndy, super stinky, stubborn as a mule, and will follow his nose off a cliff (as he almost did at the Grand Canyon. Thank god for leashes.)
Speaking of leashes, never let him off of one. His Grampy learned this the hard way, as Toby – happy as a clam to be off-leash! – wandered off onto (and then into) a frozen creek one cold winter day. We believe Grampy’s learned his lesson. ;)
Toby will stretch on command. He’ll snort in your ear as a sign of affection. He will turn on the most unbelievably sad eyes you’ve ever seen if it means you’ll give him a small morsel of food. And then, once he’s really turned on the charm, he’ll let loose a fart cloud that will clear the room.
Right now, he’s lying on the floor next to me, asleep, ears puddling around his face, his paws twitching as he dreams. At almost eight years old, his muzzle gets whiter every day. He’s not as spry as he used to be, but he can be as fast as a cheetah if it’ll help him get to a treat before his sister. And some things will always pique his interest: a stuffed animal, a bone, some rawhide, peanut butter (can you tell he’s food motivated?), and he’s never met a hole in the ground that didn’t require him to go in face-first.
In short, the seven years that Toby’s been with us have been full of moments big and small, and through it all, he’s been there, howling his displeasure, demanding food, and making us laugh. We hope other people have pets in their lives that bring them as much joy as he’s brought to ours. You’ve never truly lived if you haven’t had a hound dog sit down next to you, wag his tail, and happily envelope you in his fart cloud as you rub his belly.
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