Peppers with the Orton effect

It's pepper time

This pepper shot has been “Ortonized.” According to Wikipedia, “Orton imagery, also called an Orton slide sandwich, is a photography technique which blends two completely different photos of the same scene, resulting in a distinctive mix of high and low detail areas within the same photo. It was originated by photographer Michael Orton.”

Wiki goes on to say that the “original technique invented by Michael Orton was to overlay two or more images of an identical scene with very different exposures on slide film. One image is sharply focused and the others are very out of focus.”

You can get this effect with just a few clicks by using the free editing software, Picnik. If you’re on Flickr, it’s already there. You can choose to edit with Picnik when you upload your photos. Once you’re in Picnik, click on “Create,” “Featured” then scroll down to “Orton-ish.” Play with the three sliders until you get the look you want. “Bloom” controls the glow, “Brightness” changes saturation and “Fade” controls how strong the effect is.

Here’s a look at the original:

peppers before

Great weekend, everyone!

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12 Responses to Peppers with the Orton effect

  1. Mindy says:

    So basically and HDR shot with only two brackets ๐Ÿ™‚ I had to reconcile that in my head or I would have gotten lost LOL! I LOVE the finished product, that is a gorgeous shot!

  2. flyinggma says:

    Very cool! I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your photos and new techniques. It’s fun to learn something new.

    • I inherited my dad’s endless curiosity, so love to experiment with different effects until I get what I want. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Caroline says:

    Interesting, very interesting. You know, one of these days I’m going to take up photograpy. I’m already training a little bit and achieved that my cats sit totally still (!) when I approach. Sooner or later they will even be ortonized. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Cheryl says:

    I finally understand “Orton-ish” in Picnik! Thanks, Carole. You have a great weekend too.

  5. bonniegunkel says:

    I use Orton a lot in Picnik. Love this one!

  6. I like the Ortonized effect. Very cool.

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