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    Default Guess which soft filter?

    Make a guess.. which soft filter was used for this image?

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    haha... cheeky question leh

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    Any hint???

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevez
    Any hint???
    Hint: The posted picture is cropped out of the DSC file, resized (resampled) and only sharpening applied. No software tricks was used.

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    Default Re: Guess which soft filter?

    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon
    Hint: The posted picture is cropped out of the DSC file, resized (resampled) and only sharpening applied. No software tricks was used.
    Pantyhose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by espn
    Pantyhose?
    Nice try but nope. Some more guesses?

    More hints:
    I'm not using the 135/2 DC nor the 105/2 DC either.
    Lens used was the 18-200VR. Shot with a D70s.
    Last edited by lsisaxon; 2nd February 2006 at 05:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by espn
    Pantyhose?
    Just what I thought...pity it's not the right guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fWord
    Just what I thought...pity it's not the right guess.
    Can't win 'em all

    I use Nikon Soft-1 filter.

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    Any crummy UV with vaseline on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by espn
    Can't win 'em all

    I use Nikon Soft-1 filter.
    Yeah.. I use Nikon Soft-1 too.. but just not for this one... nope.

    Not a crummy UV with vaseline either... Keep on guessing..

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    Default Re: Guess which soft filter?

    tissue paper

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isaiahfortythirtyone
    tissue paper
    Nope.. not tissue paper either. Won't get that subtle kind of soft with tissue paper.
    Keep on guessing.. I will probably reveal the answer tomorrow night if no one gets it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon
    Nope.. not tissue paper either. Won't get that subtle kind of soft with tissue paper.
    Keep on guessing.. I will probably reveal the answer tomorrow night if no one gets it right.
    How about fungus?

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    Default Re: Guess which soft filter?

    Vapour fog on the lens due different room temperature?

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    either water vapour produced by your breath or difference in room temp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fWord
    How about fungus?
    Choi!! Lens is barely 2 months old.. No fungus.. :P

    Not water vapour either. There wasn't any condensation.. But that's a good guess. Usually for the soft effect due to condensation, the tell tale sign are some coloured halos due to the dispersion from the water droplets.

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    Default Re: Guess which soft filter?

    I know liao... defocus the focusing ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by espn
    I know liao... defocus the focusing ring.
    YES!!! You got it!!

    It was shot at around 1/30s and while shooting, the focusing ring was turned. Very much like a radial zoom effect.

    I remembered quite some time back, this was implemented in the camera body by some manufacturer (can't remember which one). Canon has one which uses 2 exposures, one in focus and one out. But this was done purely on one exposure and defocusing during the exposure.
    Last edited by lsisaxon; 3rd February 2006 at 12:15 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon
    YES!!! You got it!!

    It was shot at around 1/30s and while shooting, the focusing ring was turned. Very much like a radial zoom effect.

    I remembered quite some time back, this was implemented in the camera body by some manufacturer (can't remember which one). Canon has one which uses 2 exposures, one in focus and one out. But this was done purely on one exposure and defocusing during the exposure.
    Just came back to my mind when I bought a Nikon Soft-1 earlier and a more experienced friend of mine commented, Soft-2 is as good as defocusing the focus ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by espn
    Just came back to my mind when I bought a Nikon Soft-1 earlier and a more experienced friend of mine commented, Soft-2 is as good as defocusing the focus ring.
    I think he probably meant literally shooting it out of focus. :P Actually, I personally like the effect which Soft-1 gives, I was just experimenting with defocusing during exposure and after I got this soft effect then I recalled hearing about this technique quite a number of years back. It might be Olympus or Pentax who have implemented it in one of their AF film SLR bodies then.

    I think that the soft effect from this technique is quite nice and yields a very natural soft which is comparable to that from the DC lenses or soft lenses. Some people swears by Softar filters which I personally don't quite like.

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