Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #137 Soft

My next Lens-Artists Photo Challenge is Soft. Anne-Christine asks what does the word Soft mean to you? Is it something that you touch? Is it the undefined notion that is the opposite of hard? Is it the contrast to sharp from a photographer’s point of view? This is not so simple a concept.

My first thought was that of a baby. We want everything about this new being to be soft. Soft blankets, soft toys, soft skin, soft colors, and soft sounds Nothing hard, or harsh. We want the world around us to be soft and welcoming.

The soft touch of father and son.

Only a week later, my Charlie joined the world. We follow his first developing steps on a webcam.

Charlie arrives home at 7 weeks.
His fluffy soft fur needs tending to. Every evening we bond over grooming

Nature softens the world around me.

Light falling softly on this lotus flower
The dandelion flower pod beakens us to spread its seeds with one soft blow.

My most favorite photographic technique is shooting with a large aperture setting. This narrow depth of field clarifies the subject. This blurred background is called the bokeh. I pay particular attention to this when deciding to purchase a lens for my Fuji x system.

My featured photograph is that of clouds. Soft, fluffy and white. What do you see? When you hear the work “Soft” what comes to mind?

8 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #137 Soft

  1. Perfect entry, Marlene! Such lovely softness everywhere – and I agree, a baby is soft and requires softness all around. Charlie owns my heart of course…but all your images are soft to my eyes. Light – well shown in the Lotus. i do like the behind of that bird too – the colour of the feathers is marvelous – flamingo?. And bokeh perfect – what lens is it?

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    1. Thanks for commenting on this “Soft” post. Yes, the feathers are from a flamingo at the Sacramento Zoo. I used my Fuji xt4 with the 55-200mm lens for that image.

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