Dramatic Light: Soft Focus

Challenge #27 in the Ways of Seeing series. Hosted by jezsik.
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For years, photographers demanded - and received - sharper and sharper lenses. Some photographers bucked that trend, realizing that a slightly obscured lens could create dream-like photos. They tried to increase this "soft focus" effect using a special lens, petroleum jelly applied to a clear filter, shooting through gauze or special filters with diffused coatings (e.g. Cokin). Most filters blended light colors into dark, but some blend dark areas into light. Digital images create new opportunities and there are hundreds of ways to achieve a soft focus effect. This challenge demands that you demonstrate one of those techniques withOUT relying on specialized software or plug-ins. In other words, you have to create the effect from scratch (and that will required a bit of research).
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Nikon Soft 1 filter.
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Submitted: Saturday, 30th January, 2010 21:17 (GMT)
Taken: Saturday, 30th January, 2010
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Notes: Scan from TMX negative.
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