Stills V3

March 24, 2011

Wilting Gerbera

Filed under: Robert Hoehne — rhoehne @ 04:01

An older picture, sorry for the lack of new work lately.  This was taken using a slide sandwich technique, overexpose by 1 stop for the sharp in focus shot then 1.5 or maybe 2 stops overexposed for the second out of focus picture.  Sandwiched into slide mount.

This slide was sent away on competitions and got damaged and dirty, the final straw for me and why I gave up on camera clubs.  Took me many hours last weekend to clean in photoshop, the final output was a large framed print for my sister-in-law’s wedding this weekend.



  1. Funny, I’ve seena quite a lot of ‘Orton effect’ digital work and dont usually go for it much. But this, with the explanation of the slide snadwich, is very attractive. I can imagine making a nice piece of wall art, that sits somewhere between photo and painting. The colours are exquisite and the soft-sharp blooms and vase complement perfectly.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — March 24, 2011 @ 22:13

    • Oh, when I first read it I thoght you were going to say it lead you to give up on film. I’m glad it was only camera clubs:)

      Comment by sojournerphoto — March 24, 2011 @ 22:14

  2. This slide was sent away on competitions and got damaged and dirty, the final straw for me and why I gave up on camera clubs.

    Now that camera clubs have gone PDI and slides are dead, your image is safe. However the competition circuit still damages prints. Much to my annoyance.

    I had never seen this effect and I must say it is very impressive. I have now looked up the Orton effect.

    In this image the technique adds to the feeling of ‘wilt’. I especially like the vase and the stems.

    Thanks for this image and the new bit of knowledge I have gained.

    Comment by Rex — March 25, 2011 @ 22:25

  3. I have duly looked up the ‘effect’ too – although your short description says enough! I imagine that this made a great print for your sister-in-law’s wedding.

    I presume that with digital there are many more permutations that can be played and the intensity of the effect could be strengthened or diminished according to subject matter.

    Like all effects, it needs to be used with discretion but this is a good case for using it.

    Comment by zavaell — March 26, 2011 @ 07:42

  4. Fine subject that worked beautifully with this technique — one of the nicest I’ve seen. Very striking and your sister-in-law is surely very happy with the print. Makes me want to try it again.

    I posted a file in Stills quite some time ago that was a digital attempt to recreate the look of stacking slides — also done with a flower. I tried it a number of times, but, other than that one, was never happy with the results. Not easy as it may seem — I really appreciate how beautifully yours came out here!

    Comment by Christina — April 2, 2011 @ 14:20

  5. Good to see the digital technique can be used to replicate the slide procedure.

    Comment by zavaell — April 3, 2011 @ 06:35

  6. Quite lovely Christina, I think a light background helps these pictures. I tried a digital version recently since I wondered if I could make a calendar full of these. Did not work so well but I should keep trying.

    Comment by rhoehne — April 5, 2011 @ 10:11

  7. What I like about this is the suggestion of movement which makes it feel as if the flower is wilting before your very eyes.

    Can’t help but wonder though what message lies behind a wilting flower at a wedding.

    Comment by cgcooke — April 19, 2011 @ 23:02

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