Now that things have settled down a bit after our recent house sale and move, we have more time to play with our digital images and discover new web resources for information.
For example, Texas Chicks Blogs and Pics provides some very nice tutorials. One technique really caught my eye: the orton effect. This effect is named after photographer Michael Orton, who blended two images of an identical scene, but with difference exposures and sharpness.
rustic red barn near Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village, NY
The photo I took of this red barn is lovely. But application of an orton effect gives it a nice surreal quality.
rustic barn with the orton effect
Using an adjustment layer, I also desaturated the image to give it an antique feel.
rustic red barn with orton effect and slightly desaturated
I hope that this gives you a little inspiration to try the technique out on your photos!