2019 Week 47 The Orton Effect.

Your Challenge if you choose to accept it is to produce an image using the Orton Effect.

The Image below was produced by Michael Orton.

Michael Orton originally created the effect to imitate watercolour paintings. Since this period was before the digital era, it was produced by sandwiching two transparencies of the same composition, where one slide is in focus and the second is out of focus and overexposed. This method was originated by photographer Michael Orton in the mid 1980s.

Now it’s often mention that this method was developed for Landscapes and Portraits. I suggest you try this effect on any image you feel is suitable. Don’t be restricted by others views.

You can achieve this in camera. Using double exposure, record one in focus. The second exposure should be out of focus and overexposed.

You can achieve this with an iPhone. https://skipology.com/orton-effect-iphone-photography/

You can achieve this with an Android. https://www.picmonkey.com/blog/make-the-orton-effect-your-bae

How to achieve this with Photoshop. https://www.shutterevolve.com/create-orton-effect-photoshop/

How to achieve this with Gimp. https://www.lifewire.com/create-dreamy-soft-focus-orton-effect-1701694

Many other Orton Effect tutorials exist, just search Youtube.

As always remember to have fun, be creative and out of the box interpretations are encouraged.

The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  • Take a new photo for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone elses image.
  • Post your photo each week to our active communities on Facebook or Flickr (or both). Tag the photo: #2019photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • Dont leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2019 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.
  • Post your photo during the week of Sunday 17th November  and Saturday 23rd November.
  • Please remember to comment on at least FIVE photo submissions this week, by answering the question why? in your comments. In other words, why do I like (or not like) this photo? or why did this photo catch my eye?

About Peter Randall

As a youngster I was fascinated by camera’s. At about the age of 10 years I was bought a Ilford film camera which I proceeded to capture images as and when film was available, not very often because it was expensive at the time. While at school in the early seventies I was studying Art with a view to going to University. I abandoned my plans for an opportunity in press photography, however the business was struggling within a couple of years and I was made redundant after three years. This gave me some basic ground work after which I continued with photography as a hobby photographing family & friends. Between 1980 to 1985 I had my own darkroom processing both colour & B&W film. Printing my own photographs. I liked Kodak products for colour and Ilford for B&W. I often though about joining a photographic club but family life was busy, never did get round to it. I especially liked photographing my family as they grew up. When we had our second son in 1986. I bought a Canon (camcorder) and developed a liking for amateur video work. At the time I had a Commodore Amiga computer, which at that time had the best graphics so I indulged in Video editing adding titles and cross over fades. During the 1990’s I started building my own computers and this developed into paths crossing with video work. Early digitisation of video. Like many things the early days were painful LOL. I remember video capture cards and hard drives struggling to keep pace with the necessary speed to capture. Setting up the software options in those days was a nightmare because software was definitely not user friendly. Looking back I think I jumped ship from film photography to Digital too early. The early Digital images were not Pretty. But the appeal of the concept was too enchanting. 1996 was the beginning of my Digital Photographic Journey. Despite my initial hiccups with Digital photography, I was definitely sold. Being able to transfer digitised images to your computer. The possibilities of the digital Darkroom and beyond. I joined the PhotoChallenge group in April 2014, and Ive been learning ever since. Joining the group helped me turn the tap back on allowing my creativity to flow again. I found myself anticipating each weekly challenge. I was motivated by discussions, ideas and techniques presented within the group. Constructive Criticism was always very useful because sometimes we can get lost on the journey. However although it’s really good to know the rules it’s so much fun to break them.