Photographing Creative Landscapes: Simple Tools for Artistic Images and Enhanced Creativity Paperback – May 15 2001
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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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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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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.
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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