The "softfocus" thread

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by f6cvalkyrie, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    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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    You're invited to comment and participate !

    C U
    Rafael​
     
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  2. Gwendal

    Gwendal Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 6, 2010
    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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  3. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    Hi, Gwendal,

    If I remember well, both were shot "wide open" @ f4

    C U,
    Rafael
     
  4. Brianetta

    Brianetta Mu-43 Veteran

    438
    Sep 5, 2010
    North East England
    Brian Ronald
    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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  5. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Beautiful my friend.
    That's more about vision than anything else....
     
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  6. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Frankford Elevated Train, Phila Pa

    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...

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    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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    C U,
    Rafael​
     
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  8. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    Here's one I shot with my G1 and Dreamagon 90/4 combo today.

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    C U,
    Rafael​
     
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  9. Timm

    Timm Mu-43 Regular

    58
    Aug 30, 2010
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
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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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  10. Slosync

    Slosync New to Mu-43

    8
    Jun 13, 2010
    West Central Florida
    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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  11. BrianK

    BrianK Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 20, 2011
    Lansing MI
    Love this one, I thought I had seen it before, its already marked as one of my Flickr favs.

    BK
     
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  12. Timm

    Timm Mu-43 Regular

    58
    Aug 30, 2010
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    This one was intentional.:rolleyes:

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  13. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    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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  14. Ihavenewfs

    Ihavenewfs Mu-43 Regular

    Don, Lovely image...I can see why this is one of your favorites.
     
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  15. Brianetta

    Brianetta Mu-43 Veteran

    438
    Sep 5, 2010
    North East England
    Brian Ronald
    Tips like these need to be shared! You're welcome.
     
  16. Slosync

    Slosync New to Mu-43

    8
    Jun 13, 2010
    West Central Florida
    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
     
  17. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    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 !!!

    C U,
    Rafael​
     
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  18. WT21

    WT21 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston
    Great thread. I think I have to go get an LP from the band "Bread" and play it while looking at these pictures.
     
  19. pdh

    pdh Mu-43 Top Veteran

    598
    May 6, 2010
    using the 17mm with point-focus into the sky confuses the AF beautifully ...


    E-p2, 17/2.8, CPOL, 1/1000s, f/8, ISO160
     
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  20. photoSmart42

    photoSmart42 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    628
    Feb 12, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    A few shot with my 1917 VPK Kodak meniscus achromat on the GH1:

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