Double Exposed film by mistake

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  1. BocaNY

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    Hello Everyone,

    I accidentally double exposed a roll of film. I thought it was unused but it wasn't. Is there any way to print so that only one of the images comes out? The first exposure of the film is strongest. It really sucks because the second time had some really nice landscape photos. :sad:

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    You're pretty well stuck with what you've got.

    However, one of the things people do for fun is to double expose a roll of film on purpose.

    For example, the first time through, you take shots of things like windows, street lights and brick walls. Things that have interesting patterns and designs in them. Next, rewind and expose again. This time take "normal" pictures of people and things. Then, when you develop the roll you'll overlay or juxtapose the second exposures on the first.

    The thing is, you never know what you're going to get. You might end up with a picture that looks like a person standing in front of a street light or a dog looking out of a window. You might get some funny, interesting or surreal shots. You might end up with junk. It's mostly random chance.

    Here's one I did, years ago:
    Fish-Head-double-exp.jpg

    I say to go ahead and proof that roll of film to see what you got. You might luck out and get a good one. :smile:
     
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    I actually do have the prints for that roll of film (that's how I found out about the double exposure). Though my roll didn't come out like yours. You can only tell in a few pictures what happened and then in those the second exposure is so light compare to the first exposure. I'll try to upload a sample one if i can.
     
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    Don't know what your pictures are like but, if the second exposure is light enough, you might be able to make quasi-normal prints by dodging or some other way but it's a long shot. What's on the film is what's on the film and you can't undo it. The best thing you can do now is just roll with what you've got.

    Remember, that "Fish Head" picture is one picture out of a whole 36-exp. roll. It's the only one that came out even half decent. Even then, I wouldn't call it great. It's only worth a chuckle.

    I have done double exposures that are more interesting but those were carefully set up shots:
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    Ya, that can be annoying, but there may be happy accidents that take the sting away. A few years ago, my daughter's N80 jammed on vacation in Chicago. I manually rewound the film in a changing bag, leaving the leader, but made the mistake of throwing the roll in my camera bag. A month later, on vacation in Arizona, I accidentally loaded the film into my N80, resulting in about a half-dozen serendipitous shots like this:

    chicago-arizona-double-expo.jpg

    We had often shared darkroom time, but this is the first and only time we have shared photo credit for the same roll of film.

    Cheers,
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    I was quite happy with this accidental multi-exposure. My biker colleague loved it so much i printed it out for him as his portrait pic. I looks great (we think)

    7965367320_b3e05c89a0.jpg
     
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    That is pretty cool. Looks like a reflection in a window.
     
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    Looks like something out of Mad MAx
     
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    I am really confused as to how one accidently MX a film. Dont you rewind the tongue?
     
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    So, I guess that's what you call an "Urban Canyon." Right? :wink: :wink: :wink:
     
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    On the Mamiya RZ you can swivel the back to switch between portrait and landscape. You first have to flick a switch, if you flick it back without paying attention, you can accidentally switch it to MX. Rewinding the tongue just cocks the shutter without winding on.
     
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    Which I thought was pretty cool for a biker.