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Glowing Highlights

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by FastCorner, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. FastCorner

    FastCorner Mu-43 Veteran

    May 28, 2011
    Found this picture today and was intrigued by the glowing highlights.

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    I assume this is a feature of the lens because the in-focus areas seem sharp, so I wouldn't think anything was placed in front of the lens. But I could be wrong.

    Any ideas on how to replicate this with modern lenses, specifically native Micro 4/3 lenses?
  2. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Not so much the lens as the light. Strong midday light falling through a window in an otherwise diffusely lit scene can give you this kind of look.
  3. veereshai

    veereshai Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 12, 2011
    Arlington, VA
    I think it's the lens too. As far as replicating that effect goes, I think smearing some vaseline on a filter and using it might give you similar results. I am not sure though, your best bet could be getting a really old cheap lens off ebay and giving that a shot :smile:.

    EDIT: Did a quick search on flickr for "Vaseline Glow" and got this:


    Althought it was shot on film, you should be able to replicate it in digital.
  4. elavon

    elavon Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 1, 2012
    Tel Aviv Israel
    In those days they have used long shutter because of low ISO films.
    You could also help this by using small aperture opening.
  5. FastCorner

    FastCorner Mu-43 Veteran

    May 28, 2011
    So, dark room, small window, subject in direct path of sunlight? I'll have to try this.
  6. kwalsh

    kwalsh Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 3, 2012
    Baltimore, MD
    Besides possibly being the lens it could also very likely be halation in the film (reflections in the film base). It is quite common, especially in older emulsions, and looks almost exactly like this.
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  7. marcsitkin

    marcsitkin Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    Harwich, MA USA
    Marc Sitkin
  8. FastCorner

    FastCorner Mu-43 Veteran

    May 28, 2011
    I looked up halation and seems like a prime suspect here.

    I really like the fact that it's a local effect, rather than global like a soft focus filter. Tried making my own Softar once, but it ended up just looking like my lens was dirty...
  9. dwig

    dwig Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 26, 2010
    Key West FL

    It looks to me to be mostly halation and very little lens flare, if any.
  10. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I agree that it is the film in combination with the lighting.

    How to simulate!? I tried it in Lightroom and could not do it. I was able to get an OK simulation in PS elements and even better in full PS. Here is what you do. First select those super bright highlights and copy them into a new layer. Then brighten them to the max{or close to it}. Then set the layer blending mode to lighten. Finally add a gaussian blur. For an even more dramatic look in full PS you can add an outer glow in white to the glow layer before doing the blur{the glow style in elements is too limited! for this one}.
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