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    Re: Going SOFT in the Enlarging Stage. Soft focus from sharp negs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Trebusak View Post
    Umm, just a reminder: Waterhouse stops are named after their inventor: John Waterhouse.
    Was he a photographer with a family history of operating water houses? A little more info might be helpful?

    I was simply connecting a name to object.

    Seems our hero was born at Well Head House.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John...e_(astronomer)

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    Re: Going SOFT in the Enlarging Stage. Soft focus from sharp negs.

    Quote Originally Posted by jon.oman View Post
    I'd say solarized...
    Yes, true solarization, produced by severe over-exposure of the negative. Another well known example is Ansel's "Black Sun".

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    Re: Going SOFT in the Enlarging Stage. Soft focus from sharp negs.

    Nonstandard lenses instead of enlarging lenses, a cheap enlarging lens wide open with vaseline on it, vaseline smeared atop the upper carrier glass (cool light
    source only), all kinds of idiotic tricks that I've done myself when in an idiotic mood. But the effect is never quite like a good soft-focus lens, and just sometimes
    like a soft-focus filter over a camera lens. Different. I kept a weird old lens around precisely for something a bit more subtle, but then stuck it on a Sinar board
    instead because I like the effect so much directly on film; but I wouldn't classify it as soft-focus, merely non-clinical and subtle.

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    Re: Going SOFT in the Enlarging Stage. Soft focus from sharp negs.

    I was experimenting with that technique a few years ago.
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    Zooming when printing is also possible. Giving results different than zooming when exposing in the camera.
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    Re: Going SOFT in the Enlarging Stage. Soft focus from sharp negs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    Was he a photographer with a family history of operating water houses? A little more info might be helpful?

    I was simply connecting a name to object.

    Seems our hero was born at Well Head House.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John...e_(astronomer)
    I don't know. As far as I know he was also a photographer. That is written on wiki page you linked to. Who knows where his family name is comming from. I wasn't abble to find much about him. It's a shame how history of interesting people gets lost.

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    Re: Going SOFT in the Enlarging Stage. Soft focus from sharp negs.

    Thats a creative art to capture images like soft focus.

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    Re: Going SOFT in the Enlarging Stage. Soft focus from sharp negs.

    There are a couple of "Famous" Waterhouses in the 19th century. All the good old English names are slowly disappearing. I remember reading a list of the names of the "brave englishmen" who were at the battle of Agincourt - many of the surnames of those who survived are now extinct

    The Voigtlander WZ ( Weichzeichner ) 18cm was designed to add softness in enlargement using a periscope design and I have a no-name similar periscope which is clearly an enlarging lens.

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