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Thread: <Soft Focus> PortLand, Hyperion, and Mirroscope lenses in a Garden of Delights

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    <Soft Focus> PortLand, Hyperion, and Mirroscope lenses in a Garden of Delights


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    I spent a full day Saturday the 10th photographing with our own Rudi "Amedeus" Blondia at the Kelly foundry using the soft focus lenses. 3 pages of images. Do hope some of you will enjoy.

    http://tonopahpictures.0catch.com/20...Delights1.html
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    Re: <Soft Focus> PortLand, Hyperion, and Mirroscope lenses in a Garden of Delights

    Jim, awesome images as always. Mirroscope? Love the look.

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    Re: <Soft Focus> PortLand, Hyperion, and Mirroscope lenses in a Garden of Delights

    Fabulous images Jim, showing once more the different characters of the lenses and why one of each is so much fun ;-)

    I need to bring my 8x10 Sinar out next time and shoot some of my larger SF lenses for a different look ... there's a limit of what one can capture of all the "soft aberrations" on a "crop sensor" like the 645 even with the short focal soft focus lenses I'm using. This said, I'm extremely happy with what I got ... can't show it here but I'll provide a link to my blog when they're up and you'll see them trickling through on my FB account as well

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    Re: <Soft Focus> PortLand, Hyperion, and Mirroscope lenses in a Garden of Delights

    I don't think there is another way to capture the mood of the place, and the tools of the past, than soft focus. I really like the Mirrorscope lens shots the best, along with the Portland at F22 for some reason, probably because I do like a little contrast and the tones are nice. Good journey you two took us on.

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    Re: <Soft Focus> PortLand, Hyperion, and Mirroscope lenses in a Garden of Delights

    Thanks Garrett and Jim and Rudi.

    Rudi, when you get some of yours organized I can incorporate links to yours on my pages and vice versa.
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    Re: <Soft Focus> PortLand, Hyperion, and Mirroscope lenses in a Garden of Delights

    Nice glowy, dreamy quality... and none of those awful swirls!

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    Re: <Soft Focus> PortLand, Hyperion, and Mirroscope lenses in a Garden of Delights

    Lovely work, Jim! Yes, those old lenses sing with beautiful voices, but you found a setting with just the right acoustics...

    Quote Originally Posted by goamules View Post
    I really like the Mirrorscope lens shots the best...
    I wouldn't argue that, and it's wonderful that the lens of a cheap tin magic lantern stands so comfortably with the Port-Land and Hyperion, two of the legendary soft lenses.
    "I love my Verito lens, but I always have to sharpen everything in Photoshop..."

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    Re: <Soft Focus> PortLand, Hyperion, and Mirroscope lenses in a Garden of Delights

    Oh, for the days when one of Jim's shoots would premier with a gala festival with Hollywood starlets, be in all the news, and be the talk of the town for weeks. Where have all the soft focus flowers gone....?

    Well, I still like them!

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    Re: <Soft Focus> PortLand, Hyperion, and Mirroscope lenses in a Garden of Delights

    Quote Originally Posted by goamules View Post
    Where have all the soft focus flowers gone....?
    Me 'n Pete Seeger fading away . . .
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    Re: <Soft Focus> PortLand, Hyperion, and Mirroscope lenses in a Garden of Delights

    Real nice, Jim. And what a fun place to spend the day.

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