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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media (May 15 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584280484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584280484
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #781,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Orton is the author and photographer of Once Upon an Island and Images of Vancouver Island. He lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.

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In Photographing Creative Landscapes: Simple Tools For Artistic Images And Enhanced Creativity, professional landscape photographer Michael Orton shows how to expand one's creativity and learn to photograph artistic images drawn from the world that surrounds us. He shows how to develop a more artistic approach to photography, expand options for photographing the landscape, how to apply creative photographic controls to any image, as well as find sources of creative inspiration and using them to improve photographic works. Orton also draws upon his many years of expertise and experience to show how to use color to capture mood and emotion; add motion for dynamic images; capture subtle details; the dramatic use of natural light; adding flash for artistic effects; incorporation multiple exposures and sandwiched images for a "painterly" look. Photographing Creative Landscapes is enthusiastically recommended for students of photography in general, and photography buffs seeking to improve their images of natural landscapes in particular.
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By J. T. Tsang on March 29 2010
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If I had to throw away one book only, this is the one.

Creativity is a subjective thing. In photography, it is even harder to define. In this book, there are less than five images that can be defined as photographs. You cannot just muddle the images and make them hardly recognizable as photographs and put them in the category of impressionism. I have the impression that these photographs are poor imitations of Freeman Patterson's dreamscape photographs. I found the images in the other book - Fine Art Photography - more creative and acceptable.

I am really disappointed. Sorry, I just cannot find the creativity here.
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This compilation of stunning images from nature is truly a work of art. It is hard to believe that they are photographs! An added bonus is the author's description of how he photographically created the images which would be of great interest to nature photographers. This is truly a beautiful book.
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Enthusiastically recommended for students of photography Oct. 8 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In Photographing Creative Landscapes: Simple Tools For Artistic Images And Enhanced Creativity, professional landscape photographer Michael Orton shows how to expand one's creativity and learn to photograph artistic images drawn from the world that surrounds us. He shows how to develop a more artistic approach to photography, expand options for photographing the landscape, how to apply creative photographic controls to any image, as well as find sources of creative inspiration and using them to improve photographic works. Orton also draws upon his many years of expertise and experience to show how to use color to capture mood and emotion; add motion for dynamic images; capture subtle details; the dramatic use of natural light; adding flash for artistic effects; incorporation multiple exposures and sandwiched images for a "painterly" look. Photographing Creative Landscapes is enthusiastically recommended for students of photography in general, and photography buffs seeking to improve their images of natural landscapes in particular.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Photographing Creative Landscapes by Michael Orton Jan. 9 2007
By PJ Venter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found the book very interesting and helpful. It challenges and motivates the reader to be creative when indulging in photography, thus rising above the level of record-type shotmaking. It is not a technical "how-to" book although many technical guide lines are given, often succintly.

However, the book is somewhat dated in as much as it refers extensively to Orton's slide sandwiching techniques. More examples and discussion of digital photographic techniques would be welcome.

Overall it is a book that should be of value to any amateur landscape photographer.
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Different than what I expected ... but more than I expected Dec 26 2011
By Martin Marchyshyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I received this book for Christmas, and it was a very quick read ... but I will read it again many times. And here is why - it scratches my creative itch, and if I don't happen to have an itch, it creates one for me.

The book was not quite what I expected - I thought it would have more about the Orton Effect and the technical side of image processing to create effects using image sandwiching. The OE is covered in a couple of paragraphs in the middle of the book (and backed up by a number of excellent example images, outlining various aspects of image sandwiching).

Instead, it is a treatise on creativity, and a good one at that. My pedantic left brain appreciated the organization of the text, complete with "checklists" of items to consider for each exposure. And my newly developing right brain especially appreciated the wonderfully extensive galleries, filled with creative images that underscore the points made in the text.

While it is an older (2001) book, sharply focused on the use of slide film for creating image sandwiches, the transition to the digital darkroom will be a piece of cake, and will greatly increase the creative possibilities, using masks, layers, blend modes, etc. In fact, as soon as I finish this review, I'll be heading over to my studio computer to try out a couple of things that were inspired by the book.

All in all, a solid reference on creativity, and one that I will pull off the shelf again and again and again as I work on expanding my creative repertoire.

Thanks for the inspiration, Michael.
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Great Book Aug. 13 2006
By William G. Mccary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a super book for the advanced photographer. I doesn't teach you nuts and bolts, but makes you think outside the box of normal photography. It teaches you the creative side of it. If you love photography this is a must have....
Color commentary with B&W text July 15 2013
By GariRae - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased the Kindle edition and all the sample images were in B&W. That would have been OK if the book was about B&W photography and the text explained the B&W creative decisions underlying the shot. It would have been. OK if the actual images on the authors website were B&W. Unfortunately, none of that is true. The commentary discusses various creative elements related to the images, a primary one being color. In several of the images that I reviewed, color was a significant attraction to the scene and became a critical element in the composition. This was especially true for the images using Orton and movement techniques. Yet the images being discussed were jumbled B&W messes as they were simply not toned for B&W. In other words, color was a critical characteristic of the original image that the reader was not allowed to see. This issue of B&W images may be apply onky to the the Kindle edition, I don't know. .I returned the book.


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