Magnifying glass filter

There were two final images I preferred while using a magnifying glass as a filter for get-pushed challenge 321 issued by kali @kali66. While the other image showed a nice glow around the fringes of the leaves, I chose this one because it featured a greater distortion of light. Natural light was also greater as I took the shot in early afternoon, as opposed to evening time like I did with the fog and nylon filters.

When I look at this image, it calls to mind the earlier conversation we had about softness and blurriness. I had said that softness and blurriness were not the same thing, although they can be in the same photo. I am by no means an expert, but I think what I meant is that blurriness can add softness to a picture (blur can create a soft effect). But not all soft pictures are blurry. I believe this image, however, is blurry and soft. I like the distortion of the light, but miss some of the clarity. Perhaps that's because the leaf photographs I've viewed tend toward greater clarity to emphasize the veins and abstract lines, as well as the colors, of the leaves. Maybe I should have chosen a different subject for the filter experiment, like a flower?

Another point about blurriness--sometimes it works well as an intentional technique to create softness to connotate whatever the photographer is trying to create (or re-create), but other times it can be an incidental result reflecting a lack of technique or skill (in which case, the photographer is just getting lucky if the resulting effect is aesthetically pleasing).

The video tutorial Kali suggested I watch can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrmhzVvBrlM
@kali66 My second attempt at get-pushed-321 with the magnifying glass filter...I think I may continue to experiment with different filters after the challenge is over! It's neat to learn about and see the different effects that can be created, although I'm not sure I'm doing it correctly. Couldn't try the DIY Linny because I don't yet have extension tubes or macro filters, but I'll keep it in mind for if I ever get them. :)
posted September 22nd, 2018  
interesting to use the same subject for the various experiments, rather a scientific approach, changing only one variable at a time :) I like the beginnings of bokeh with this one, it might show up more having some parts of the subject further away from the lens at the same time as something very close up. all a matter of experimentation
posted September 22nd, 2018  
Well done
posted September 22nd, 2018  
@bkbinthecity It's interesting that shots using the same filter technique can turn out so differently. I'll have to practice more with all of these filters and play around with the variability a bit.
posted September 23rd, 2018  
interesting reading
posted September 23rd, 2018  
The magnifying glass has produced an interesting effect for you. I think it would actually work really nice as an overlay or texture on a picture to produce a soft dreamy effect. It can also stand on its own as it is here.
posted September 23rd, 2018  
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