6862 MarcoCiavolino Week 20200425 Soft Post

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens

Four of the softest of the softest. Whiskers on kittens. Talc, the softest item in creation. Rose petals. And cashmere, the softest cloth.

Actually, there is another fabric even softer and more rare than cashmere, and it is vicuña. But at 1000's of dollars per item it was out of our budget.

I tried to find a real kitten but all the animal shelters are closed. I've had this little tiger for more than 60 years so he worked as a stand-in. I was going to put a drop on the rose but I was warned not to damage the cashmere scarf in any way. I bought the talc stone from a scientific supplies company and it is remarkably soft.

Nikon D7500
Raw Auto Color
Edited/Cropped in Photoshop CS
5568x3712
sRGB
f20
ISO 400
210mm

Assignment

Sometimes one just has to stop for a minute, inhale and take a long and gentle breathe out. It is important to pause and appreciate the smell of roses (or coffee!) and look for the quiet and soft moments to take a break from a life filled with challenges and worries. Our theme this week, soft, can be approached from various viewpoints. You can photograph something with a soft texture such as a baby's skin, a soft- boiled egg or a well-worn pair of jeans. You might decide to shoot something with soft lighting or even go for a soft focus photo. Photos with a soft lighting do not have harsh shadows and are popular in portraits because this light does not show textures such wrinkles and blemishes as well as hard light does. If you want to play with soft lighting for this challenge, keep in mind the warm and natural glow of the golden hour. Think also things that 'soften' the heart such as such friends helping each other, an old couple holding hands or a child whispering a secret in a pet's ear. And if there is any other way to take a ‘soft’ photo, this is the place and time for it!


 

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