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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-30-2007, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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You old school film shooters may be familiar with the Orton Technique for nature photography. I loved doing this when I was shooting slide film. I recently came across a tutorial for digital, and subsequently, a photoshop CS2 action. So if you can't find the time to sandwich slides, then try this one out if you are so inclined.

I was out for a walk in the forest near Miracle Beach this weekend and found that the mossy forests are a great subject for experimenting with this. Unfortunately, the CT photo butcher does not display these in all their glory, but you get the idea.

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http://www.naturephotographers.net/a.../dw0106-1.html

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interesting it is...maybe' i'll try it one of these weekends...
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That is a neat effect! And appropriately chosen subject matter to use it on too.
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Love it...

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This is new to me. Those nature shots are displayed in a most interesting and attractive way.

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I love my photoshop for effects like that...



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His method for doing the technique has a couple steps that could be simplified (there's no reason to create a new document, AFAIKT. But it is a nice technique. Similar to something I do for portraits, except a bit more stylized.
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Putting my coffee break to good use... here's a couple quick efforts. I quite like this effect

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Putting my coffee break to good use... here's a couple quick efforts. I quite like this effect

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Hey, nice job! I cheated and downloaded a PS CS2 action. It takes about 5 seconds to process a full sized file. If you, or anyone, wants the action, I can certainly e-mail it.
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Thanks for the info-interesting technique.
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Thanks for the offer SuperTwink but I'm good... and compared with the process for using slide film the whole digital process feels like cheating!
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Figured a few shots from a recent trip were suitable for this technique. (Brushing the dust off... haven't used Photoshop recently.)










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Nice stuff sodbuster. I did my photo thesis on Zion National Park when I studied photography in the early eighties. Brings back memories.

Something that works well with the Orton technique is to do the Orton on a layer above a copy of the original. Make an image mask and then using a brush with a soft feathered edge, paint away a portion of blurring. You can adjust the blurring or remove it entirely in some areas and keep it in others. Flatten the image and voila... an Orton in some areas, perfectly sharp where you want in others.

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Maybe it's just me...but I find the BEFORE shots outstanding enough as it is!
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I was out for a walk in the forest near Miracle Beach this weekend and found that the mossy forests are a great subject for experimenting with this...

This one reminds me of eating Duncan Field Mushrooms[]




I see what you mean, this is neat. cambium.



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