Sometimes you need a shot that’s a bit different and look to a distortional focus lens. Even though there are others, you are probably most familiar with the Lensbaby line. And while the images coming from Lensbaby lenses can be spectacular, sometimes even the $100 or so for their cheaper models can be too much if you’re just wanting to play a bit.
If that’s where you find yourself, take a look at this video from Randy Snook. It’s not quite as professional looking as a Lensbaby; but with about 15 bucks, a trip to the hardware store, and a bit of time you can build your own soft focus lens.