Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Summer....Where Are You?

Tired of Winter already? This is the time of year when you can just barely notice that the days are starting to lengthen out a bit, and the sun is actually starting to have a bit of warmth to it, especially when driving in the car on a sunny day. Tonight, I was foraging about in my files from last Summer, and came across this one. I had used my old Minolta 100mm Soft Focus Portrait lens, and that old lens has a really nice warmth to the colours and tones. The old Minolta glass was well known for that feature, and that is one reason that old die hards like myself, can't even think of parting with them. Anyway, I digress. This image just takes your mind away from the reality of dirty snow, and freezing rain, and helps calm the nerves whenever you think that in a few months, we will be able to go outside and shoot more roses, or whatever kind of blossoms that are around.....can't wait.....

5 comments:

John Minkowskyj said...

Is this really a lens or a soft focus filter? I used to have soft focus filters that I could screw on the front of the lens to get this effect. I use the 'gaussian effect' in Photoshop for the same effect.
Nice shot as well as the previous photo of the orchid.

John Minkowskyj said...

Oh, by the way you really should go to bed much earlier than your posting.

David c.h. Brown said...

Hey John,
This image is the lens only. I did no manipulation whatsoever in Photoshop other than to apply the jagged edge to it. As I said, it has a warmth that is only found in the old Minolta glass of the film era. This is a "soft focus" lens mainly aimed at portrait photographers. It has an extra ring on the lens barrel, with 0 - 3 click stops. At "0" it is a regular lens, and tack sharp I might add. From 1 to 3, you can vary the degree of softness. This image was done at "1" and it has a nice soft creamy bokeh to it.....looks great on portraits of the "fairer" gender...if I am still allowed to say that these days. As to staying up late, it is my usual time to be burning the midnight oil, before I hit the hay....guess I'm a night owl eh. Cheers! Dave

John Minkowskyj said...

Speaking of the 'fairer gender', I think Bob Guccionne used this same lens for his photography. That's right, you guessed it, for Penthouse magazine.

David c.h. Brown said...

Hey John,
I think Bob Guccionne and I traveled in totally different circles...LOL! FYI: When I bought this lens from Dent Peever back in the 80's, it was over $3000.00 back then, so you understand why I would not part with it...to me, it is priceless! If you can even find a used one on B&H you will likely pay over 800.00 for it today....Dave