The "softfocus" thread

f6cvalkyrie

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Hi,

we have many very interesting thread about sharp lenses, and sharper lenses, and how sharp a lens can be,
but a search for "softfocus" did not come up with anything.

So, I decided to start this open topic, for us to share our techniques and pictures where we did not strive for sharpness,
but want to show off softness.

I'll start showing you some shots I recently made with a little known lens, the Seibolt "DREAMAGON" 90/4.

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Hi - interesting effect ! Could it be possible to know what apertures you used, I've read that the effect varies greatly ?
 

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The E-P1 has a soft focus art filter, which I've used from time to time (here is one). Cling film over the lens is a trick my mum taught me after she bought me my first SLR. Vaseline on a clear filter is one I had shared with me by a guy in the office.

Then again, opening my Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7 as wide as it can go in good light results in a softness and coma which can be quite pleasing, or upsetting, depending on whether I wanted that.
 

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Rafael,
Good thread. I was on the train going home with so many thoughts of the day. I looked at this guy in front of me and thought, he seems mindless. He seems without any thoughts at all. He seems so detached from the shared reality. I thought that I woud try to capture that feeling.
Well, after I made the exposure, I looked at the image on the screen and quickly realized....

I made a self portrait...

 

f6cvalkyrie

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Very nice, Don !
And a very nice ballerina, Brianetta !

Here's another one I shot a few days ago in my garden (Dreamagon also).

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Here's one I shot with my G1 and Dreamagon 90/4 combo today.

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This was taken with the Lensbaby Composer with Double Glass Optic. They actually have a Soft-Focus Optic you can swap in as well as a Plastic Optic that give their own unique looks.

So far with the lens being manual focus and my eyes being what they are, I have had no problem getting unintentional soft focus effects.
 

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Soft Focus

While I was sitting at my PC taking "test" images using a 25mm f/1.4 Pentax TV lens I had just purchased, my grandaughter (Lily) happened by and asked what I was doing. Aha..... A Kodak moment! I quickly focused and took a picture. I'm not exactly certain what to attribute all the softness to, obviously most from shallow dof, some perhaps from camera shake and some from moving back slightly after I focused. In any event the picture turned out to be one of my favorites...:smile:

Hand held, G1, 25mm, f/1.4, 1/30sec, ISO100
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This one was intentional.:rolleyes:

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Panny 20mm, with glad wrap (cling wrap) over the lens. I had to do two layers and make it a bit crinkly to get the soft look. Manually focused and black and whited in silver efex. Ran a border around it in borderFX

I like your second picture Rafael

Thanks for the glad wrap idea Brian, it works good. I wasn't planning on messing up my filter with vaseline haha, so glad wrap made me glad.:smile:


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Don, Lovely image...I can see why this is one of your favorites.
Thank you Marie!

I wish you all the best with your new Oly Pen. I noticed you were/are shooting with a Nikon D300. That will be a significant change in cameras. I have a Nikon D200 I still lug around to birding events and such. I'm to addicted to the AF performance of the Nikon to part with it for now. I use a GF1 and G1 for around the home and neighborhood.

Good luck and good shooting, :2thumbs:
Don
 

f6cvalkyrie

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Today, a walk in the park with my Dreamagon 90/4 soft-focus lens.
Here's a few shots :biggrin:

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Comments highly appreciated !!!

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Great thread. I think I have to go get an LP from the band "Bread" and play it while looking at these pictures.
 

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A few shot with my 1917 VPK Kodak meniscus achromat on the GH1:

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