Knepley vs. Orton Technique

After making way over 100,000 image captures

You may think you’ve tried every technique trick

And – then you discover you were wrong (again)

It’s even better when the result exceeds what you imagined

When you first asked yourself “what if?”


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Ethereal Beauty

Looks like a Orton image overlay, but it’s not

It’s single exposure 100% in-camera capture

No gimmicks; just photographer & camera

Introducing – “The Knepley Technique”

😉 Naming it after yourself? Really. Why not? 😉

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105 mm 1:1 macro, 1.4 X teleconverter, circular polarizer, tripod


Another step on my way back to photographing things

Instead of just writing about them

Q. – Ask yourself –

How was this image made?.

It was done entirely in camera

100% natural light

It is a single exposure.

It may resemble a Orton overlay but it’s not

Orton requires two exposures

and subsequent work combining them

Whether film or digital

My technique is complete

once the shutter closes

There is nothing between the lens & orchid

nor is there anything behind the orchid

(except a black backdrop)

SO – where does the softness & glow come from?? 


There are other ways to make images with an ethereal glow

If you like that sort of thing

Viewers often do

Judges usually don’t

The Orton Technique

Two overlaid images (done in camera below)

D800E_130203_085825__DSC4411 acr cepA “shoot-through”

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SO – Where does the Knepley Technique glow come from?

A. Yesterday after finishing with this orchid for the day

I asked myself – What if

I took a long exposure (13 sec. in today’s example)

And during that exposure

I varied the focal point over a wide range?

In today’s example

1. The flower was in sharp focus when the shutter was released

2. I counted to 3 to let the starting image register “sharply” and

3. Then changed the focus from sharp to as far out of focus as the lens’ focus ring would turn

(done slowly over the remaining exposure time and moving out of focus in the direction that causes the image to “bloom”, i.e. get larger)

What you see above is what I got. It’s also what I expected to get – but better.

I’ll be experimenting further with the “Knepley Technique”

It’s certain to become part of my technique repertoire

Give it a try & let me know what you think.

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