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Old Mar 22, 2004, 12:52 AM   #1
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Default Lupine - Soft Focus

Trying a little soft fucus here. Want feedback.



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Old Mar 22, 2004, 1:11 AM   #2
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A tiny bit too soft
for me at least- how'd you do it?
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Old Mar 22, 2004, 10:32 AM   #3
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Manual focused in on the leading edge of the flower, standard super macro, f 2.0, Oly 5050. On the whole I don't like super soft focus, but this one appealed to me and I wanted to know other opinions.

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it is cool

it is more like some pictures i've seen in boyd norton or Jim shaw's books......"impressionistic" is wat they called it....where they purposely threw it out of focus to make it blobs of color instead of flowers.....

good job
the thing with this picture is......even if you don't really like how it came out.....you wanted this effect...and you successfully did it! gj
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Old Mar 22, 2004, 12:15 PM   #5
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now that I look at it a second time; I like it the way it is!
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I like it too. The "too soft" look gives the flower a bit of romance.
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Old Mar 22, 2004, 1:11 PM   #7
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I really like it

If you want to try some experiments in "Selective Focus", set your exposure to a large aperture opening (small f-stop number) and fast shutter speed. Then set your camera on a tripod and point it toward your subject. Select manual focus and focus the way you think it looks good. Now, adjust your focus to a point slightly in front of the original setting and shoot. Next, focus on a point slightly behing the original setting. Essentially, you are bracketing the focus. I know of no auto-bracket function for focus.

Expand on this simple little experiment and play with selective focus. You will find that, in some cases, using a shallow depth-of-field and selectively focusing at different distances can yield several good shots of the same subject but with a totally different "feeling" to them. You may find that, in some cases, having the focus point just in front or just behind the subject may yield a better photo than focusing directly on the subject.

If you should choose to accept this mission, show us some of your results. I think it could be very educational.
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Old Mar 22, 2004, 6:27 PM   #8
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Very nice...
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