Sorry to be silent in January. I’m back now.

Mom told me, “If you can’t say something nice don’t say anything at all.” Well, that about sums up January this year.

HOW TO: “Orton Imagery” translated for GIMP

To get February off on the right foot, I thought I would show you a new photomanipulation technique, and give instructions for achieving the technique with the GIMP. This technique is named after a Canadian photographer named Michael Orton. I have just become aware of his work and I like it a lot. Some of his work with long exposures is very nice, and it reminds me of a couple of mine. (His timed exposures are of water and such, and mine of dogs, but never-the-less…)
I found out about Michael Orton from an article by Darwin Wiggett on Nature Photographers on-line magazine. It is instructions for Photoshop in that article that I am translating to GIMP.

Step 0: Use a copy of your original file.

  1. Duplicate the background Layer ->Duplicate Layer

  2. Open Layers Dialog Dialogs->Layers [CTRL]+L

  3. Approximate overexposure In the mode drop down of the Layers Dialog, choose “Screen”.


  4. Merge the layers Right-Click the Screen Layer and choose Merge Down

  5. Duplicate the layer again Right-Click the Background layer in the Layers Dialog and choose Duplicate Layer

  6. Blur the top layer From the menu on the Image window, choose Filter->Blur->Gaussian blur…

  7. Approximate a “slide sandwich” Historically this step is taken by taking two slides and putting them together in a single slide mount; Change the Mode in the Layers dialog to Multiply


Save your image.

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