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Surrealistic Photography

Kusoku ze shiki
Ku soku ze shiki

I re-invented a new photographing technique. The technique is new in the digital domain but, in fact, the phenomenon itself was known since the early era of digital photography.

I don’t remember the name of the camera but I heard that digital cameras could not capture colours before the Bayer filter was invented so you had to take three shots—one for red, one for green and one for blue—and then they were merged into one photograph. However, if there was moving elements such as clouds, waves, cars, pedestrians, cats in the picture, you get unnatural colours.

Although people tried to avoid this effect to capture natural photographs, I thought it would be interesting to create such colours on purpose as a new way of artistic expression, and so I devised this technique. Let me tell you how to do it in details.

To do this, obviously you need a tripod. Fix your camera on the tripod and take three shots. To get radical effects, the exposure time should be long and there should be some time gaps between each shot. But I use three shots taken in a row as example:

shot#1 shot#2 shot#3

As you see, they’re almost identical except for the clouds and water. I export them from Light Room to Photo Shop as layers.

Screen Shot open as layers


Once they’ve been imported into Photo Shop, you open the Color Channel to use only R, G and B channel of each shot.


Specifically, for the first shot, set the Red to 100% and Green and Blue to 0%, for the second shot, set Green to 100% and Red and Blue to 0%, and for the third shot set Blue to 100% and Red and Green to 0%.


Then merge them by setting the opacity of the first shot to 33% and the second shot to 50%, Then, flatten the image and hit Command (CTRL) + S. The resulting image is imported back to Light Room.

The brightness of the image will be darker because only one of the three colour channels is used in each shot so I adjusted the image.

lr adjustment

The resulting image is like this. You see moving elements became iridescent colour.


I created the following images using this technique. They’re currently exhibited at Island Gallery in Tokyo. The exhibition is going to end on Feb 26.



A3_3-2 優しい荒波(黒額)tif

A3_3-2横 秘宝(黒額)



A4_SQ 変幻自在(黒額)

Many friends advised me to not show how to do it but I’d rather want to see how other people use this technique. So I uploaded this post. Good luck with exploring your creativity.

P.S. After uploading this post,  someone kindly let me know that some people used a similar technique back in the days of film cameras. So I replaced the word “invent” with “re-invent.” They typically captured waterfalls with shorter exposure time using colour filters to get sparkling effects.

P.S. (2) I came back from Tokyo and now can access my photos in my HDD. So I upload some more examples that demonstrate the effects of this technique better.

ISO 1600, 4 sec at f/2.8
1st shot: ISO 1600, 4 sec at f/2.8
2nd shot: ISO 160, 300 sec at f/9.0
2nd shot: ISO 160, 300 sec at f/9.0
3rd shot: ISO 125, 600 sec at f/9.0
3rd shot: ISO 125, 600 sec at f/9.0
Adjustment on the resulting image in LightRoom
Adjustment on the resulting image in LightRoom


In Search of Lost Space (Photo Exhibition)

Yuga Kurita Photo Exhibition "In Search of Lost Space"
Yuga Kurita Photo Exhibition “In Search of Lost Space”

I’m having my third solo exhibition at Island Gallery in Tokyo. It is located near the Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit. Visit the gallery to see my works printed on the finest paper.  I’m at the gallery all the time during the period. See you at the gallery =)

Photo Exhibition “In Search of Lost Space”
Period: Feb 17, 2017 (FRI) – Feb 26 (SUN) 11:00AM–7:00PM
- No Admission Charge
- Open everyday during the period
Venue:  Island Gallery (MAP)
Address: Kyobashi 1-5-5 B1, Chuo-ward, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3517-2125

Supported by:
Maruman Co. LTD (Canson Infinity)
EIZO Corporation

Tales of Fuji | New Era

Yuga Kurita Mount Fuji Purple Calmness

“Tales of Fuji | New Era” Yuga Kurita Exhibition

From Aug 2 (SAT) to Aug 15 (FRI)

Island Gallery, Tokyo

Literary Giant Soseki Natsume wrote, “There’s only one thing we can be proud of in Japan. That’s Mt. Fuji.” Back then, Japan had just emerged from feudal isolation and was locked in the midst of a rapid modernization. Having recently returned from the UK, Soseki felt Japan was significantly behind western nations and unable to create anything worth taking pride in. Although we now have technological and cultural advancements that we can take pride ourselves in, facing Mt. Fuji with a solemn heart still reveals the thing lost during modernization. (Yuga Kurita)