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Re: dreamy Nikon lenses

----- Original Message ----- From: "BOB KISS" <bobkiss@caribsurf.com>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2008 7:03 PM
Subject: RE: dreamy Nikon lenses

Has anyone considered stretching some white mesh or tulle over any sharp
lens? I say white instead of black because y'all seem to want some halation
as well as softening.

Cloth diffusers are one of the oldest tricks to get soft focus and "star" highlight effects. The effect depends on the weave, the thickness of the threads, their color, etc. Window screen also works. Cutting a hole in the center of the diffuser will have an effect on which parts of the image get the most diffusion but there will be some scattering in all parts.
The effect is diffent than the "glow" effect from a soft focus lens. Lots of movie stars got photographed through silk stockings.

Richard Knoppow
Los Angeles, CA, USA