adventures in “custom bokeh”

December 8, 2008 | Filed Under Conceptual 

We scaled back on decking the halls this year since we are going to be leaving for vacation and won’t be home for the holidays. I did still put up the tree, though, and snapped the obligatory “This is what the place looked like in 2008” pics. Then, well past the hour I ought to have been sleeping, I was instead playing around with homemade filters. I cut out some star, heart, pine cone and diamond shapes and then moved on to experimenting with cake decorating tips to some interesting effects.

 Our tree:


Blurred focus, with cake decorating tip “filter” over lens:


Hearts and pine cones: 


Star & moon effect with a cake decorating tip: 


Diamonds and stars: 


No gimmicks here, just a shot of my favorite ornament: 





3 Responses to “adventures in “custom bokeh””

  1. Shiloh Wiles on December 11th, 2008 2:36 pm

    I love your tree. I’m thinking about doing a custom bokeh in a couple of ceremony shots during my December 20th wedding. There’ll be candlelight and a Christmas tree in the church, so it there will be plenty of lights to bokeh. I just can’t decide what shape – hearts are the most obvious, I guess.

  2. saikat on November 10th, 2010 5:00 pm

    Love ur experiments, man! Do give us an insider’s note as to how u do it! Self-made filters, is it???

  3. admin on November 10th, 2010 5:07 pm

    Thanks! Yes, everything except the swirly stars were made by cutting shapes out of cardstock and putting them over the lens. The swirly stars were actually accomplished by placing a disk-like cake decorating tip over the lens opening, believe it or not. I was curious what effect it would produce and I kind of dug it.

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