The image above is created in camera...okay converted to mono in Camera Raw but the soft/sharp blurry look is just another way of using the in camera multiple exposure menu setting and if you pin 'em back I'll quickly let you know how it's done.
Readers of exif data can tell that this was shot at F1.8 ...now then... get in your camera menu and set yourself for 'Multiple Exposures' Check out my previous blog pages if you are a Nikon user or dig out your manual if you use something else.
So wide open aperture so there will naturally be quite a steep fall off in the area of sharpness, I focussed on the large flower head , so that was the first shot and as I'd set up the camera to do 2 shots in the multoiple exposure menu I completely defocussed..in this case to infinity although you don't have to be that severe which added softness and blurry light into the image. I didn't move position and you can always do this tripod mounted. Now I suggest you experiment with different apertures and points of focus...heck bring your zoom into it as well and maybe move on to doing more than 2 exposures, set yourselves free and do a bit of experimentation you may suprise yourself with the results. Set your imagination free and do this with a bit of free lensing.....hmmmmm.
On another note the Worldwide Photowalk is with us again and this year I've booked us in to the magnificent Victoria Baths...it should be warm and dry which is a bonus already. We'll get a short guided tour and then time to snap until your fingers ache. They have given me access to the AV projector room so we can use that for some software toots or look at some images during the shoot. Check it out here.... http://worldwidephotowalk.com/walk/chorlton-on-medlock-manchester-united-kingdom-victoria-baths-manchester/
They are charging us £10 a head and it appears to be non negotiable and I've contacted some folk about doing some modelling during the day so we may have to cough up a bit more..no reply on the models so I'll keep looking
What's all this then????
An unyeilding torrent of Photo babbel full of unconfirmed facts and manufactured photo drivel.. take from it what you like, it won't change the world but may leave you feeling nauseous...