Weird....but in a good way!

by Essitam

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As a teenager I knew everything....I'm still trying to figure out when I forgot it all.

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First try with a hand made Bokeh filter thing.....

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22nd Dec 2011, 17:10   | tags:,,,,,

JokerXL says:

That's so cool. I was looking at sets of these just lat week. Hearts, stars, birds, you name it in there.

22nd Dec 2011, 17:41

Essitam says:

I saw the kits for sale was tempted, but I as also fancied trying my hand, Don't know if you saw the link on Facebook, you can make them....;=player_embedded#!

22nd Dec 2011, 17:49

JokerXL says:

Yep, saw the link, I'll have to check it when I'm home, too slow on mobile.

22nd Dec 2011, 20:41

JokerXL says:

Not sure I understand the science behind it though, there's only one (heart shaped) hole right?
So how comes there's so many heart-lights? Are you on a wide or closed aperture? Is a long lens better?

22nd Dec 2011, 20:44

MaggieD says:

Well, I just like the end result :)

22nd Dec 2011, 21:22

Essitam says:

@JokerXL - There's only one hole

I used a 50mm lens at f2.8 - the principle is exactly the same as in this shot:

The shallow depth of field throwing the lights out of focus and producing the round/hexagonal Bokeh as per the standard shaped aperture.

By placing the cut out in front of the lens I'm changing the shape of the aperture and so changing the shape the out of focus lights. It only works with single point lights - like candles or in this case fairy lights - I used my 50mm as that's what the post recommended but I guess you could do it with any fast lens as really all you need is a shallow depth of field.

23rd Dec 2011, 13:59

Essitam says:

and the reason there was so many hearts in this shot was because it effected the fairy lights and all the reflections from the bauble and beads in the tree :)

23rd Dec 2011, 14:01

JokerXL says:

Ah-so, grasshopper learn great things, thank-ee.

23rd Dec 2011, 19:08

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24th Dec 2011, 19:06

Earthlad says:

Very clever, love it

26th Dec 2011, 11:35

FilbertFox says:

Pretty and clever me ducks

29th Dec 2011, 16:04

Dania says:

So cool!

29th Dec 2011, 22:12