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GeorgeP Plus
12 57 24 United States
16 Jul 2019 1:09AM
Beautiful portrait. And I do like the soft effect.

[But I sometimes wonder about the genius that came up with the marketing plan to sell lenses that take fuzzy images to photographers - and at high prices! At the other end of the spectrum we have folks measuring how many lines on a chart their lenses can resolve - and using that to justify even higher prices. As my mother used to say, "fools and their money are soon parted." My trouble is, I am not sure who the fool is. Tongue ]

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Tooma Plus
3 1.9k 2 Scotland
16 Jul 2019 1:25AM
A pleasant image, John, and I really want to try sharpening the eyes..... Smile
16 Jul 2019 3:53AM
Good portrait
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
16 Jul 2019 6:02AM
great use of the velvet the softness
Robert51 11 7 93 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2019 7:44AM
Great image John and just love that hair colour.

The mod I warmed up the highlights and shadows to go with the hair colour. Then add three lookup colours in PS.
saltireblue Plus
9 10.2k 50 Norway
16 Jul 2019 8:16AM
I do like that Lensbaby effect, but despite the bg being very out of focus, I do find it cluttered and distracting.

As for the point about 'high-priced' soft-focus lenses, well, why not? Who decided that photography should only be pin-sharp, and if people are willing to pay the price of a specialized lens, then that is their business.Smile
16 Jul 2019 8:39AM
Very fine portrait John!

16 Jul 2019 8:44AM
please, see mod 3
dudler Plus
16 1.0k 1573 England
16 Jul 2019 8:59AM
Overpriced? I used to think so, until I started using Lensbabies.

They could be made very cheap and plasticky, but they're not, though they aren't as overengineered as some kit (thinking of Sony G-Master lenses and Sigma Art). On a par with Samyang, say - and htat means very usable indeed.

As with all kit, it's a matter of working out how to use it to get the results you want. I suspect that a 400mm f/2.8 would be lost on me, and very bad as a way to blow 10k. The money I spent on my two Velvet optics has given me a lot of beautiful pictures.

And make no mistake, when you get it right, they are sharp where you need them, easily on a par with kit zooms, and better than that stopped down. But - as it is so often - the most interesting stuff is at the margins, on the ragged edge, just before it all turns to rubbish, or the car flies off the bend.

And, frankly, mirrorless cameras have made it feasible. You can use completely manual lenses on a DSLR, but an Alpha 7 makes it easy. I presume the same is true of Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, Nikon and Canon, but I don't know if the manual focus arrangements are as good for picking aspot in the frame to magnify. I'd love to hear from users of other brands if they have arrangements that they find preferable to AF, much of hte time, as I do.
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
16 Jul 2019 9:16AM
Love reading your interesting narrative John.
16 Jul 2019 9:16AM
I really like the portrait, but I'm not liking the background so much. It's very defocused, which is fine, but still quite distracting.
16 Jul 2019 9:20AM
I really like Leo's mod, John.
I'm not a fan of lensbaby, for me, it just doesn't work on 99% of images.

16 Jul 2019 11:13AM
Beautiful soft portrait. I do like Robert51's mod. In fact I like all the mods and I love the lensbaby effect.
clicknimagine Plus
10 595 98 India
16 Jul 2019 11:38AM
Dream like, wonderful portrait...
mac Plus
18 5 Scotland
16 Jul 2019 12:18PM
I note your ISO of 12800 and no discernible grain. I quite like the soft-focus effect you have obtained but the background is a little fussy. Still a great image.
mistere Plus
6 4 3 England
16 Jul 2019 3:37PM
Lovely image John. The comments are interesting, Lensbaby or Marmite Smile
The mods dont really work for me although Tooma's sharpening of the eyes does focus attention there,
the red chair in the background does cause the attention to wander. Funny how John prefers Leo's mod
but i find it the least appealing of all the images. That's the problem I have with most images though, especially my own.
Knowing if its good or not. Outside of the technical critique its all down to taste and artistic preference, we all differ in that.
Love the models expression, beautifully relaxed but its all happening in her eyes. Fascinating.

dudler Plus
16 1.0k 1573 England
16 Jul 2019 3:56PM
For me, there's always been an attraction to making picrtures that don't show jsut the model, but also the clutter of a studio.

If you've never been in an ordinary, working hire studio, you can't appreciate the magic that drawing a rectangle roudn the model, close in, can perform.

And so contextual shots appeal - and I'm not, by any means, the first person to do this...
16 Jul 2019 4:02PM
Beautiful effect and enchanting eye contact.

SlowSong Plus
11 8.6k 30 England
16 Jul 2019 4:26PM
I find this very attractive. She stands out well against the contextural background, which doesn't distract me at all. I love her red hair and blue eyes, although I think her left eye could be a little sharper. Great job from you and the Lensbaby.
16 Jul 2019 5:46PM
When all said and done, I like the effect and prefer the lead and Leo's version.

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