Thursday, December 5, 2013
SmugMug Daily Link
This is a follow-up post to the one I posted earlier this week showing star-shaped bokeh on my Christmas tree. However, this tree-shaped bokeh was created using totally different process as described here.
I bought three hole punches at ACMoore and Michael's this past week. This tree shape and a butterfly shape were very inexpensive (<$1) and created very small holes about 1/8 inch diameter. The third was a heart shape and a bit bigger, about 1/4" diameter, and it didn't work for my lens (Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras) and equipment (Canon 40D).
This picture shows you the type of punch that I think works best.
There is a bit of an art to getting the punch in the right spot on the paper. Don't be afraid to fold. As the article points out, you can also buy a set of lens hoods.
I had to crop my shot, and I was a bit frustrated that the bokeh filled such a small part of the image size. I think this would be improved shooting with an aperature less than the 3.5 I used. Needless to say, I was in manual mode and using manual focus.
Here's the butterfly bokeh inverted.
Here's the lens shooting the tree with no lens hood.
I hope this is encouraging and motivational food for thought as you take holiday light photos this year. I certainly plan to keep experimenting.