*Orton Effect*

I remembered reading about a technique a few months ago that I was interested in trying out,
I added it to my bookmarks, which is sort of equivalent to the land of the lost.
I'm sure your bookmarks page is overflowing with miscellaneous sites or ideas found while surfing the world wide web.
Sometimes I get so deep into it that I can't even remember what got me started on a search in the first place!

Anyhow, since a lot of people have inquired about tutorials and techniques I have used (since I'm new to photoshop), I figured that I would beat you to the punch and share this effect.

*My favorite of the three*

The above shot was one I just tweaked using filters and your normal adjustments in photoshop.
I quite like the way it turned out.
The extra contrast gave it a dark purple color, which I think in turn added a little more depth to the flower.

The shot below is SOC, straight-out-of-the-camera.

SOC Columbine Bud
*The SOC shot*

The SOC shot is not entirely dull,
but I felt like it was lacking something to give it a little more pizazz.
(yeah, I used the word pizazz!)

*With the Orton Effect*

The photo above is a result of the "Orton Effect", which is easy enough for anyone to do.
My monitor here at work is not portraying the photo as it did on my laptop,
the colors seem a bit off, and a little too bright (this monitor may need some calibrating).
But I liked the effect last night....

This sort of effect won't look good with all shots, but if you would like to give it a try
here is the link to the place where I found a quick photo tutorial.

Let me know what you think, if you use the effect and post a photo, I would love to see :o)


  1. I'll have to try again later... my first try wasn't that successful. I've bookmarked that page!

  2. This makes me feel really out of touch. We haven't bought Photoshop yet. I have a sticky note here at the computer that says: "Corel Paintshop Pro; better than Photoshop, download trial free version." Did I read about Paintshop at your blog? I can't remember what generated this important-looking sticky!

  3. Happy Blogging Birthday with a cherry on top (just because I know you like cherries). Nice photoshop tip I will have to remember this so I can have a go at it at the next appropriate photo I take.

  4. amazing photos throughout your blog. what a treat to visit

  5. he he. I am going to be bad and say it... that flower looks like women bits! *grin*

    very pretty effects, i love it!

  6. Nuri: Let me know if you have a questions, I can help you :)

    lydia: I'm a huge advocate for Corel, maybe it was me, it's very user friendly, and waaaaaay cheaper than Adobe. I believe it's only $80?!?! I think 'Lightroom' would be a good alternative to CS2 or CS3 also if you want to check that out.

    liss: Thank you! You do a lot of portraits, this effect would look good with one of those photos, try it out!

    ascender: I'm glad you stopped by! Thank you for the lovely comment :)

    TD: haha....I won't even go into why I never posted a photo of the pink lady slipper.....a hint would be the opposite of women bits ;)

  7. Oooo!! Pretty!

    I don't have photoshop anymore either. *sniff*