Shooting Challenge: 3 Softly Focused Shots

Soft focus photography: we see it everywhere, but it's not as easy to pull off with your old point-and-shoot. Three brave souls gave it a go, each using a different technique. Check out the final results, and don't forget to click on each image to see the full-size version.

djrcmach

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This was taken on a Saturday ride on my motorcycle with a friend. I wasn't sure that it would qualify as I didn't do any focus work except for looking for the right sort of chroming that would do it for me. I got down on my belly and lined up the shot (hard not to be in shot) to show the bike parked next to this on in soft reflected focus unlike other shots I took that show sharp reflection this one shows the soft focus bit in contrast to the in focus barrels of the bike. Camera :canon 600D Lens 18-55 length @25mm Av:4.5 Tv: 1/200

Roland Pedeferri

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Well, I was out planespotting when I noticed some helitacs landing at Perth Airport in the sunset. I didn't have a SLR camera on me, so I put my phone's camera onto the rear of some binoculars. I pointed it at the sunset scene and hoped for the best. The soft focus effect is natural, and I really like the colour that came through. I hope you do too.

I used a phone so here is the limited EXIF data: Camera: Samsung Wave S8500 Flash: Did not fire. Forced Aperture Value: f2.6 Exposure: 1/224sec ISO: 50 Metering: Spot

Chris Agiasotis

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Camera: 550D, Lens: 85MM f/1.8 USM, ISO: 100, shutter: 1/2500

Decided to take the camera out and see what I could shoot at the local park with the kids.

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