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Old Jul 10, 2005, 10:51 AM   #1
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Ok, I had high hopes for my picture taking this morning (emphasis on had). I am not happy with the outcome and was hoping someone might have some insight.

I was looking to get that soft fuzzy look and was not successful. Here are some attempts (out of 34 or so)
Thanks ahead of time for critiques and comments
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1st - auto mode:

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Old Jul 10, 2005, 10:54 AM   #2
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2nd A mode f4, 1/350

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Old Jul 10, 2005, 10:56 AM   #3
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3rd M mode, f5.6 1/750 ISO 80 (#2 was iso 80 also)
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4th M mode, f5.6 1/350 iso 80
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Old Jul 10, 2005, 10:59 AM   #5
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5th - Different position, M mode f5.6 1/250 iso 80
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Old Jul 10, 2005, 11:00 AM   #6
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And lastly, 6th - M mode f3.7 1/750 iso 100
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I ran the first one through a fog filter in PSE and got this. Hope you don't mind. If you do I'll delete it. The filter is from a Plugin from photo retouche Pro.


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syoggy wrote:
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I was looking to get that soft fuzzy look
Do you mean a soft look overall? Back in the bad old days, you could do this with fine openweave cloth right in front of the lens or by smearing Vaseline on the lens. The former is what Hollywood usesfor closeups of beautiful people... it removes wrinkles, takes ten years off the subject and gives an overall softness.

Or do you mean the soft look of water running faster than the shutter speed? If the latter, your shutter speeds were all too fast. One second or longer will do the trick.

If you want to do the Vaseline trick, get a UV or Skylight filter and smear that -- less problems with cleaning it off afterwards.

To get long exposures in a sunny setting might require neutral density filters that reduce the amount of light hitting the lens. Sometimes the light loss with a polarizing filter will do the trick. Two linear polarizers can be rotated almost to light extinction (but I don't think 2 circular polarizers do the same thing).

Below: hydrangeas taken through a pink-and-while striped disposable kitchen wipe... the nonwoven things with little holes in them. You can see two of the pink stripes running at about a 60 degree angle, one starting in the lower left corner and running northeast...
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I was looking to get that soft fuzzy look
Do you mean a soft look overall? Back in the bad old days, you could do this with fine openweave cloth right in front of the lens or by smearing Vaseline on the lens. The former is what Hollywood usesfor closeups of beautiful people... it removes wrinkles, takes ten years off the subject and gives an overall softness.

Or do you mean the soft look of water running faster than the shutter speed? If the latter, your shutter speeds were all too fast. One second or longer will do the trick.
Oh... you mean the "Barbara Walters" effect! :-)

I concur, though, on the shutter speeds. The trick is to slow the shutter as much as you can... Lower the ISO, Raise the f-stop, add an ND or polarizing filter if you can. It doesn't hurt to wait for the sun to go behind some clouds. :-)

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Old Jul 10, 2005, 1:26 PM   #10
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Thanks for the comments. I guess what I was looking for was softening the water. I figured I was gonna fight the light, but tried anyway.

So what I understand is slower shutter and lower ISO? and clouds above.
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