Week 4 – # 39 Orton Effect

23 - Orton Effect-1

I went to the Florida Botanical Garden in Largo to get this setting for trying this effect.  I had never heard of it, but I am always looking to learn new techniques.  Not necessarily new to the photographic community, but new to me.  This one has specific instructions for doing with a film camera, which I do not own any longer, but I did find the instructions for doing this in photoshop.  So here goes.

I can say it is not high on my list for something I would do, but there might be a use in the future.



24 thoughts on “Week 4 – # 39 Orton Effect

  1. I’d never come across it before either but have also found instructions. I’ve tried it on a few pictures but haven’t quite got the effect I wanted. I think yours works really well it gives the picture the dreamy quality they describe with this technique.

  2. R

    Sue, what is Orton? Is it supposed to have a fuzzy affect? The picture is beautiful and very tranquil, but I kept on wanting to clear my eyes.

    1. Becky, I agree which is why I don’t care for it. Here is the explanation.
      The Orton Effect was created by abstract landscape photographer Michael Orton, and it was originally a technique used in film photography. With film, a photographer would take two images and layer them on top of each other – one that was in focus, and one that was overexposed and out of focus. When layered, the two pieces of film produced a single photograph that was simultaneously sharp and blurry. This technique added a soft glow effect to a photo.

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