Continuing on the soft focus theme, this time of flowers I spent time photographing my purslane plant. For those of you that may not know what this beautiful plant looks like, here's a photograph to help you.
Using a special lens, the Lensbaby Velvet 56, a dreamy, soft photograph of this beautiful little flower (about an inch across).
This lens can take 'almost normal' photographs while blurring the backgrounds and creating a wonderful dreamy look. If the lens is set to have a larger depth of field, then it will look similar to this photograph.
For artistic looks, this photograph was converted to black and white which shows detail in the center of the flower as well as the pollen on the flower. This particular black and white photograph shows the variation in the colors by showing the pink in a darker gray while the yellow is almost white.
This black and white photograph is considered 'infrared' and shows the flower as entirely light gray/white in color without showing a difference between the pink and yellow colors in the flower itself.
This simple subject, so many different ways that it can be shown in the world of photographs with amazing details, texture and beauty. Do you have a favorite photograph of this flower? If so, please post a comment.