Multiple Exposure Photo of Tombstoning

Tombstoning” is what people in the UK call jumping into water from a cliff upright and feet first, like a tombstone. If you have a friend gutsy enough to do this, try shooting multiple exposures as they’re falling and combine them into a single image. Photographer Alastair Sopp captured the beautiful image above of a nameless daredevil jumping from a 100 foot cliff into 20 feet of water (yikes!).

(via The Mirror via The Online Photographer)

Image credit: Photograph by Alastair Sopp and used with permission

  • Bas ter Beek

    Thats…. Quite high

  • cneto

    hello! can you explain (or point web tutorial) how to do this type of image? tanks

  • Anonymous

    Lock your exposure settings, and make sure your camera is set to fire at it’s fastest. 

    Photograph the cliff jump by holding the button (you may have to shoot jpeg instead of RAW, depending on your camera’s buffer.

    Import the photos into photoshop, and open them all as layers. Select all the layers and go to EDIT> Align all layers. 

    Then simply go through each one, keeping only the person from each photo (besides your base layer). You do this with masks or the eraser tool. 

    Sorry this may be too brief but at least it will get you started.

  • cneto

    thanks for the guide! will try to do it… :)

  • cneto

    thanks for the guide! will try to do it… :)

  • Fuckingmorons

    very responsible of you to encourage people to do tombstoning in which many people die each year….morons!

  • Darwin

    If people are stupid enough to do anything named after tombstones then by all means let them get one of their own.

  • Me

    The sequence also demonstrates acceleration due to gravity (the gap between the jumper in each image increases over time showing that he is getting faster and faster) :geek:

  • robert

    yikes! even without the multiple exposure, that’s a killer shot!

  • John

    The name tombstone is used as there are many people killed by this, nothing to do with ‘feet first’. Do your research and perhaps you would not have used this poor example of an otherwise excellent photo.

  • PuceFace

    Why not shoot a sequence?   Way less computer work.