Saturday, December 23, 2006

Family Charlotte Geoff and Moo

All taken with my new macro lens. Charlotte wanted some new pics of herself. She doesn't seem happy with them though. She thinks they give her a fat face and that she is not photogenic!!!

Family/Season: Rachel at Christmas

I revived this from two years ago. It's my grandaughter. Hopefully I will post one from this year for comparison. She's 5 now. We got her all kinds of pink. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Orton Technique, December 12

Just adding on the top here the link to the Nature Photographers site with the easy instructions

Don't know if you've come across it but I keep seeing it on bp lately so I googled it and have been looking at all sorts of marvellous shots. So far this is the only site I have come across which tells you how to do it.Though the example they use is not inspiring

This gallery is more inspiring

So I am already putting this up as my challenge for December shall we say the 12th. This should give us gals a wee bit of time to attempt to master it.

Basically it used to be when they put two slides together - one out of focus and one in focus. What do you reckon Val are you up for it. I suppose it obviously must mean using a tripod to get the images to match. Then a simple thing in PS would just be to have the two pics up on the screen and just use the arrow to drag one across in front of the other so you have two layers.

Best of luck


PS I have far more pressing things to do but this last week I keep seeing Orton Technique everywhere and just had to see what it was. I had assumed it was just a filter. But not so.

I am certain of nothing but the Heart's affections and the truth of the Imagination- John Keats

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Over the Ridge--Modified Orton (OUTTAKE)

This is a digital Orton with a layer of crystal sandwiched over (2 layers, a luminosity layer and a multiply layer, each with a lowered opacity.) I was aiming for something dark and moody. (You need to click on this to view it larger). See another version of this.Posted by Picasa


This one I did slightly different. I followed the instructions but instead of doing a gaussian blur I did a surface blur.

More beach seeds.

OK that is it. Sorry I have put them all into intakes. I couldn't make up my mind so I figured I'd put them altogether and then delete or move whichever ones you don't like.


The beach trees this year are loaded with these seeds. In fact everything has more seeds and berries than most years. I really don't remember noticing these other years.
Again I followed the instructions for the Orton Technique.


Here's dark for you Mary!

I love this one. It was a very plain shot before I ortoned it. I like the atmosphere. It was a foggy morning.

Maybe I could find a witch to put in there for the monthly theme!


Now we have the real Digital Technique where I followed the Nature Photographers Online Magazine instructions. Actually I find that once I get used to it, it is just as quick as the way Geoff told me to do it. That was by using the contrast and then giving it a gaussian blur. With that you have to fiddle around with the adjustments whereas this way seems to come out instantly right and I don't feel I want to alter anything. Very easy instructions Val. The link to it is now at the top of this page.

This is purpose built fishing lake on the edge of the woods.


Another shot of the ramparts. There are always lots of bunnies running

around in the further field that you can stand and watch. There are also water rats down in the ditch. I should find another pic which shows you what the ramparts are like. But they are two long mounds with a ditch in the middle. Presumably they went a lot further when Bouddica was around fighting for our country against those romans.

Again I did not follow the instructions for doing the Orton Technique.


This is taken along the ramparts where Queen Boudicca held her last stand against the Romans.

This is not a real Orton Technique. I fiddled because I couldn't be bothered to read how to do it. I made another layer and I ran it through Virtual Photographer Ambience and then blurred it. Then combined the two images and went to the slider to reduce the opacity.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Emergence: The Orton Effect gone WilD (intake)

Emergence: Orton on Steroids, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. I layered two Ortons together using pin light and difference blending. I'm calling this an intake. Posted by Picasa

Orton: Pie

Here is an Ortonized Pie from this morning. Posted by Picasa

Pears and Stilton, Ortonized

Pears and Stilton, Ortonized, by Mary Stebbins Taitt. See alternate version at BP, see another alternate version (solarizedPosted by Picasa

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Outtake, Modified Digital Orton Technique

My second attempt. Posted by Picasa

Monday, December 04, 2006

The Tomboy Princess (Season, Family)

This is my Granddaughter, Rachel--they just moved back to Detroit area from California and bought a new house not too far from us.

Keith & Florence --->Neil and Laura --->Rachel and Nathaniel and another on the way.

This is the new house. They are all unpacked. I am not. My problem is there is nowhere to put anything. Posted by Picasa

Season: leaves

I played with this and decided ot submit it for season. Adjusted the hues and added some blur. Posted by Picasa

Dressed to Kill

Hannah on the left and Holly on the right all dressed up to go to the Opera.


My new point 'n shoot camera, a Canon Powershot G7. Also a picture of my son Graham and his friend Shane, one of the first pictures I took with the camera. I like the orange--it was totally fortuitous. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Family: Outtake of Christmas Photo

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