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11/24/2003 12:27:30 AM · #1
I'm not sure I understand how soft focus conveys a message... Anyone care to enlighten me?

11/24/2003 12:31:56 AM · #2
No subject other than one conducive to such an effect would be my reading.
11/24/2003 12:33:02 AM · #3
ummmm... anyone else? :D
11/24/2003 12:33:40 AM · #4
I think it would depend on what you are talking about. Are you talking about a shot in a current challenge? Or just overall?

Deannda
11/24/2003 12:34:20 AM · #5
Originally posted by Neuferland:

I think it would depend on what you are talking about. Are you talking about a shot in a current challenge? Or just overall?

Deannda


I'm talking about the new challenge and it's description.
11/24/2003 12:37:02 AM · #6
Weird. I was just thinking yesterday about how you might have everything out of focus in a shot and what you could try to communicate. Maybe something where the message is implied by a lack of subject, or the message has to do with a lack of concrete absolutes. But I don't have any examples so far...
11/24/2003 12:37:30 AM · #7
John, I read that to mean that soft focus is used in an apropriate way. In other words, a soft scene (wedding/stargazing/contemplating/etc) with soft focus as opposed to an action shot from proffesional wrestling with soft focus. It doesn't have to convey any particular message besides soft moment. (Whatever that means).

BTW, I dropped off an 8x10 of your "In The Beginning" at the frameshop yesterday. Beautiful shot.
11/24/2003 12:40:48 AM · #8
Maybe this will be a good opportunity to try out one of the new filters I bought.. I'll keep in in the camera bag this week :)
11/24/2003 12:41:40 AM · #9
Originally posted by Trinch:

John, I read that to mean that soft focus is used in an apropriate way. In other words, a soft scene (wedding/stargazing/contemplating/etc) with soft focus as opposed to an action shot from proffesional wrestling with soft focus. It doesn't have to convey any particular message besides soft moment. (Whatever that means).

BTW, I dropped off an 8x10 of your "In The Beginning" at the frameshop yesterday. Beautiful shot.


Thanks :) I'm glad you like it. That's part 1 of a 7 part series that I'm working on :)
11/24/2003 02:04:21 AM · #10
I'm all set to go on this challenge, as I am going to interpret "soft focus" to mean something like "out of focus", "blurred", and not worry about silly things like camera shake. This time I'll have an excuse ;)
11/24/2003 02:22:42 AM · #11
Maybe a photo like this??

Message edited by author 2003-12-01 18:29:59.
11/24/2003 02:37:22 AM · #12
Or like this?

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11/24/2003 03:11:57 AM · #13
I am new to soft focus does that mean softly blurred dreamy or what? and how do you send a message to your viewer with that?
Can I do that with my camera its very basic Any helpful hints would be appreciated
thanks
Sally
11/24/2003 03:29:20 AM · #14
Sally, if you do not have any soft-focus filters or camera attachments, try breathing on your lens just before taking a picture (this works best for flower closeups). That can sometimes simulate soft focus filter. I also tried very pale silk stocking over my lens once with very pleasing results. Try to experiment, it could turn out very nicely for you.
11/24/2003 03:47:26 AM · #15
Exceptional shots there timmi, I especially like the one with the cars, amazing.
11/24/2003 05:24:08 AM · #16
Natural filter for that purpose.

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11/24/2003 06:36:21 AM · #17
Originally posted by jmsetzler:

I'm not sure I understand how soft focus conveys a message... Anyone care to enlighten me?


I'm going to jump out on a limb here and assume that "soft focus" is more of a play with depth of field where the part of the shot not sharp is as much part if not the actual focus of the story compositionaly as the part of the shot that is sharp.

Although maybe the chalenge is to submit blurred pix in which case.....

GIVE ME MY RIBBON NOW!!!!
11/24/2003 08:06:05 AM · #18
Originally posted by timmi:

Maybe a photo like this??

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Yes, yes, but what are you trying to tell me???????????????

Deannda
Just kidding ;)
11/24/2003 09:04:27 AM · #19
Originally posted by joannadiva:

Originally posted by jmsetzler:

I'm not sure I understand how soft focus conveys a message... Anyone care to enlighten me?


I'm going to jump out on a limb here and assume that "soft focus" is more of a play with depth of field where the part of the shot not sharp is as much part if not the actual focus of the story compositionaly as the part of the shot that is sharp.

Although maybe the chalenge is to submit blurred pix in which case.....

GIVE ME MY RIBBON NOW!!!!


But wouldn't that be shallow depth of field ? Soft focus to me means that the thing that is in focus, or is the focal point is soft - you could do this with a shallow or deep depth of field I guess.
11/24/2003 09:07:46 AM · #20
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This recent entry received 21 comments, essentially complimenting it on it's "soft focus".
11/24/2003 09:09:54 AM · #21
Based on my interpretation - I think this is wonderful example Flash :-)

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