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    Orton Effect

    Named after this guy
    http://www.michaelortonphotography.com/ortoneffect.html where he explains his technique and here http://www.photography.ca/blog/2009/...arwin-wiggett/


    In simple terms it involves taking a couple of OOF shots of the same scene and then combining them in the darkroom for a painterly effect. He may also mix both static OOF and camera motion shots. His work is quite beautiful.

    Thought I would play but did not have cooperative weather these couple of days. So picked a couple of recent shots and played with them digitally.

    Here are 3 that make me reasonably happy.

    Views/comments/C&C appreciated as always.

    6 layer conversion and some additional tweaks.
    Orton Effect

    2 layer conversion
    Orton Effect

    2 layer conversion
    Orton Effect

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    Re: Orton Effect

    Bobo - good application of the technique. Did you do it the 'long-hand' way or did you use a 'plug-in'? I like the the last one in particular. The effect lends a nice mood and atmosphere.

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    Re: Orton Effect

    Thank you Bobo for bringing up Orton Imagery. I have seen some very good work - superb abstract images _ with this technique and wanted to experiment, but didn't so far.
    I too like the last one. May be because I still keep my one foot in the b&w boat.

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    Re: Orton Effect

    I also like this effect - I want to learn more about it so I will check out the links you provided. Your second shot has a dream-like quality I like.

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    Re: Orton Effect

    Thanks guys. It is pretty simple and can all be done in PS. The 2nd url has a rundown on doing it digitally.

    One thing to note is that it does not quite work with closeups or very tight shots.

    #2 and #3 were done exactly as the link suggests.

    #1 was done using layers but as the pic was already somewhat "soft" the effect is not so apparent hence the additional tweaking. But I like the way it changed the sun on ice presentation.

    The original pics are in these 2 threads.
    Finally...

    Sunset

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    Re: Orton Effect

    Sorry. I have deleted the image.
    Last edited by Pappadi; 13th January 2012 at 03:25 PM.

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    Re: Orton Effect

    Please post away. The more the merrier.

    I like your presentation, though it did not quite work with my closeups.

    One day will take pics as he does and see how it turns out.

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    Re: Orton Effect

    These 3 did not quite work out.

    I think the technique needs a larger variation of colour and shapes around the subjects to make it stand out.

    Orton Effect

    Orton Effect

    Orton Effect

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