Flowers with Soft Focus Lens

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Every year I do post on images of flowers shot with a soft focus lens. One of the chief advantages of using a soft focus lens for such images is that it handles the problems arising in close-up photography due to excessively narrow field of view. If the photographer desires to take essentially “macro” pictures of flowers, even if the lens is stopped way down to f22 or worse, the consequent image will contain in area of good sharpness and then, very quickly, it will transition into overwhelming softness. With a soft focus lens these quick transitions from in focus to out of focus are handled much better, with much smoother transitions from in-focus areas (which are never, nor do they necessarily need to be, all that sharp) to out-of-focus areas, all beautifully rendered with excellent color.

So here’s the images from the Pentax F 85 f2.8 Soft for 2018. The close-up images were attained by using Kenko extension tubes.

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