Lens Artist’s Photo Challenge #237: Bringing softness

Bren has asked us to play with effects to create softness in our images. Rather than use software effects, I have used images where the subject has either deliberately or accidentally rendered out of focus (these days I am less good at ensuring I get sharp images)….and I think it creates a soft look.

Here’s one I took the other day, well out of focus, but a recognisable subject:

Here’s an artist I have shown before:

Now for slow shutter speed to give a soft, dreamy?, look to the landscape as we were passing by:

Road to Modica

And now I shall show an image that I had a go at softening in software, reducing sharpness and lowering saturation in an attempt to create a bit of a dreamy feel (not altogether successfully)-


Linked to Lens artists photo challenge at Bren’s here



  1. I like all of them but the last one best – not because of soft or not but because of the composition. It’s beautiful. BTW: The Cosmic Photo Challenge has a related prompt for coming Monday, it’s “blurry”.

  2. Love the artist. It is so softly focused, but instantly recognisable.

  3. You’ve been having fun 🙂

  4. Like Elke, I’m going for your last shot, which must be good at provoking lots of memories.

  5. Love your examples, and you know I love the Romanian image – from times gone by. It is dreamy from the beginning, and now even dreamier.

  6. They all worked well, Sue. I find I have to rely too heavily on the camera’s autofocus now, with variable (and often disappointing) results. But my eyes are no longer very good, so I have little choice.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  7. I think the last one definitely is dreamlike, and a bit other worldly.

  8. A different approach, Sue. Something different is always appreciated.

  9. I just love the second one – the artist. Am I permitted to try your idea? It fascinates me.

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