Soft focus is an acquired taste. No harm no foul if this isn't your cup of cappuccino. That's perfectly OK. But before you leave, note that every detail is present. The photograph glows but the core image is actually sharp.
I was sitting in a 1930's porch swing enjoying a glass of good wine with my 50 year high school buddy, Glen, when suddenly I was inspired to go get the camera and bang off a few pics.
So the camera is an Eastman Kodak 8X10 2D with accy 6.5X8.5 back on it. Film is Eastman Aerial Reconnaissance Panatomic X from long roll, cut to fit the holders. All of that is ordinary compared to the lens.
The lens is a prototype Pinkham Bi-Quality 16" f5. As far as I know, the only one in existence. About 1954 the nephew of the original Pinkham did a run of the best of the best, the Visual Quality Series IV, and since he couldn't use the old name, he called them Pinkham Bi-Quality. They were all 14" f4, except this one which was obviously a test prototype to decide if they should also do a run of 16" lenses. They did not.
The other story is my friend of 50 years. No, I didn't go on Shorpy.com and download a picture from the depression era. My old friend is actually the artist in the group. Everything you see in this scene is not only in use, just as it would have been in 1937, but it's carefully placed to have an authentic look of a days gone by small farm garage and workshop somewhere rural.
btw, this is current work. Friday the 13th July this year. Another note, if you're curious about the lens, I did a page about it a few years ago at my web site with a bunch of pics done with it.