I found soft to be one of those words that has several visual aspects to it: soft-looking like clouds; soft colours in the sense of muted; soft edges which could be caused by soft focus, fog, mist or soft light.
This photo of the waters off of England by Mandy Collins sort of defined the word ‘soft’ for me. (Mandy Collins, Artist link.)
So here are my first images about the softness of clouds and water.
An Irish speciality: a wee bit of sun breaks through the soft clouds shining a silvery light on the water off Dunbeg in the Republic of Ireland.
This smudgy rainbow in Bonamargy Friary in Ireland as is, out-of-focus, and the closest to what I was trying to achieve. I’m not sure if those are ships out on the water or nearby midges causing me to not focus properly.
I decided to try and manipulate images into softness. I took two different photos of soft clouds and added a section of soft coloured (but sharp-focused) water at the bottom.