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Jackie Ranken: Takayama Ninja

Jackie Ranken - Canon Master 

This image was made while walking through the streets of Kyoto at dusk.The soft evening light that was illuminating an antique Ninja suit in the window was making it stand out, without reflecting me. That’s when the idea hit me. I turned on my double exposure options and chose the ‘average’ setting because the armor was dark and I knew that light tones of my subjects face would show through this.


I then called out to my photography friend who was with me and asked him to pose for me. I composed the shot so that the lines from the surrounding buildings would help the composition and bring your eye into the frame.


Using Live View I was able to roughly line up the double exposure so that the face of Edward would come out of where the face of the Ninja would be. I liked the idea so much that I made three more portraits of my other friends who were with me. It was a lot of fun and caused a few laughs at the time.





Takayama Ninja

Canon 7DMKII   F3.5, 1/30 sec, 320 ISO

Lens EF 24-70 F4/L IS II USM


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