Europe Trip Double Exposure Photography

Life is a trip. It's a crazy roller coaster of memories, experiences, & moments long forgotten. It's somehow incredibly short yet unbearably long. It's filled with times you wish you could just obliterate from your mind. Then there are those moments when you try to fall sleep at night & you recall something, a small unsubstantial memory from years & years ago. I wonder why that happens.

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Today I want to try something different, something I've never done before. I'm highlighting some of the photographs I took during my Europe trip but I'm doing them as double exposures. You get to see two unrelated moments from my journey abroad, but they mesh together to create a story. Now that story might be different from person to person or photo to photo. That's the beauty of photography & art.

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While I was in Europe I kept a journal & would update it every day; sometimes I'd run a couple days late & would have to recall three days worth of activities & sights. I filled the journal with pamphlets from museums, business cards from places visited, & whatever paper-like material I could get my hands on. 

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By the time I got back to the states it was seven inches thick & a burden to carry around; same thing happened on my last Europe trip, but it was a sacrifice worth taking. It's a blast from the past flipping through the pages & watching the words lift off from paper & into my mind. 

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Then there are the pictures. I've browsed them so much & so often that they're ingrained in my brain. Imprinted. Engraved. Permanently embossed. Whether it's viewing the beauty of the Notre Dame in Paris, experiencing a day in Luxembourg City, gasping at the sheer gargantuan nature of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany or feeling humbled by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the memory is seemingly everlasting. 

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I'll tell you what: configuring a double exposure photograph is not an easy task. I learned from trial & error that some photos work well together, such as similar textures, focal points, or colors. It's a little creative outlet I'd like to continue working on & learning more about. This is just the beginning.

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Which is your favorite photo? Where's the last place you traveled to? :]

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52 comments

  1. What a cool idea this is. I like the 2nd photo the best, it looks like a gorgeous old painting or post card :) x

    Moany Mouse | Scottish Lifestyle Blog

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  2. Loving these photos! :D Very creative and visually appealing!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

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  3. Amazing post! You have a wonderful blog:)
    What about following each other on Instagram, Bloglovin, Twitter?..

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  4. Ooh so artsy! Especially loving the double exposure picture with the candles. Very cool :)

    Enclothed Cognition

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  5. LOVE these photos!!! It's hard to choose my favorite but probably the second one because it makes me feel like I'm right there in Europe!

    www.SHVETA.com

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    1. Yes! Like a European Christmas or something. :]

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  6. These photos are brilliant, I love how you've done that and it's worked really well - do you use a certain photoshop? I really love the second and last one, hope you had a nice trip to Europe, I'd love to visit Anne Frank's house, so interesting!

    JosieVictoriaa // josievictoriaa.blogspot.co.uk // Lifestlye, Travel and Fashion

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  7. AAGGH, its way too hard to pick my favourite pic, I do love the one taken at night, which what seems to be a cathedral lit up and then maybe the second pic is some kind of forest...I thought I could make out leaves...the last place I travelled was Malaga but it was for a bday party and each day had a mamoth event so there wasnt really time to go sight-seeing. I love the idea of having a journal with bits and pieces from your trip, I did that when I went to NYC over a decade ago and I lost it...still makes me sad, tsigh...

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    1. You're right! It's Amsterdam at night with a leafy overlay. :]

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  8. Really neat photos!

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  9. Awesome, this an art indeed, xoxo BING.

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  10. I love the 5th photo - it is so beautiful! A friend of mine has a polaroid style camera and we're always playing with the double exposure, sometimes with no success, ha ha!

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you. Both of the statues are from the gardens in Versailles. Oooh Polaroids would be awesome. :]

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  11. This is such a unique idea Carmen! I love creativity like this! And the beauty is that these photos are more meaningful to you now since you were there, but some people might not know the backstory and somehow that makes them more special to you personally! Great post!
    Xoxo
    Annie
    http://www.somethingswellblog.com/

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    1. Totally Annie! To me, they are meaningful. To others, beautiful. :]

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  12. Fab pics! <3

    Chiara

    http://www.culturewithcoco.com

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  13. Oh wow, these are such cool pictures. I love the first one!
    xo
    Siffat
    https://icingandglitter.wordpress.com

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  14. Love the photos!
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  15. Wow, what a cool post! I bet it was a lot of work finding just the right photos to match together. My favorites are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and the last photo. Heck, they're all amazing!

    xx Chrystin
    http://amateandarottweiler.blogspot.com.ar/

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    1. There was a learning curve for sure. I love the last one as well. :]

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  16. Super cool shots - so creative!
    xMC
    http://mc2squared.blogspot.com

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  17. Loving these stunning shots, so original and unique! It looks as though you had the most magical time in Europe <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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  18. What a great concept! I absolutely love this.

    xx katie // a touch of teal

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  19. Love this! Double exposure is one of my all time favorite photo trends :)

    XO
    Molly
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  20. These photos are so cool! I've never seen that done before.
    xo, jill
    www.BornFancy.com

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  21. These photos are absolutely magical! The double exposure gives them a really dreamy effect

    Rachel xx
    Http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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  22. What a great idea! Love them all!
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  23. I really like this idea and especially like the last photo. It's really artistic.

    Vicky
    https://vickysscrapbook.wordpress.com/

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    1. The last one is a favorite of mine too. :]

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  24. Wow! love the mesh up! my favs are the 2nd and the one with you and the Amstel beer!

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  25. Wow, very cool pics! I like all of them but the one of Amsterdam houses is my favourite ;)
    Christina ♥ https://caliope.name

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    1. Those are actually houses in Cologne, Germany; they look so similar! :]

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  26. Lovely pics, I like the composition and experimentation. My knowledge of exposure shots goes as far as motion blur, never really knew much about multiple exposure shots...

    – Lubna | The Digital Review

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  27. Oh my goodness! I love the double exposure! It looks so good. I want to learn how to do this:)

    Nati
    www.littlemissnati.com

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  28. What a creative way of editing your photos! I'm always in love with double exposure!

    Love, Didi of Frances and Flair
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  29. This looks so cool! I've never thought of doing something like this but it looks so effective. All of these are just beautiful.

    Kirstie | www.kimamelybeauty.com

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  30. These photos are amazing :D Wonder how did you create the double exposure?
    My last travel trip was to Japan, and I'll be bounding for the Philippines next!
    Can't wait :D

    x Tiff

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