Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas light bokeh *

You might have seen some of those really neat Christmas pictures . . .

the kind with awesome bokeh shapes, and thought they were AMAZING.

(Well, this isn't Christmas themed, but it was too neat not to include)
(These three pictures are all from Pinterest)

You might have thought (like me)

" I should learn how to do that someday!"

Then, last Saturday, actually learn!  =D

It's really rather simple; cut out a black circle the size of your lens, tape it to a black rectangle of paper that wraps around your lens and cut out shapes or use a paper punch.
It looks sorta like this:

(The swirl, star and heart are all punched out.)

Mine aren't very sophisticated, but it was a spontaneous Saturday morning project after all. =)

Also, my lens is, ahem, permanently attached, so I used a very lightly sticky tape, that does- have- a -name -but -I- forgot- what- it- is, because my lens moves when I zoom in and out.

Then, find some sparkly lights to try it out on!

These are my take on Snowflakes . . .

    Hearts. . . . <3

Swirlies . . .

Stars  . . . . *

And, uh, do these look like butterflies to you? I was kinda hoping they did...  =D

These are. . . flowers!
Daisy's or Black-eyed-susans perhaps . .  . they turned out decent. =)

Then I hopped out into the cold to get Christmas lights from some of the houses on my street . . .

There's all kinds of possibilites when you think about it . . .
Even for summber portraits or shots of flora and fauna, I should've done it sooner!


Note: This is not and was not meant to be a tutorial of really any kind, about making this kind of filter for you camera, because that's more detailed and organized than I can be right now. The internet and pinterest have various takes on it though. ;)


  1. Those are so neat! I love it!

  2. this is so cool!!! I want to try this so bad. The swirl picture is amazing, girl.

  3. Awesome! Guess what I'm going to be doing tonight... ;D

  4. whoa, these are amazing, girl! :) bokeh is SO much fun... hehe.

    and thank you for all your sweet comments on my blog, "finding beauty". they always bring a smile to my face. :)


  5. Wow, I've never heard of this before! That's so cool. I love the hearts! :)

  6. Hi! :) I love your blog!

    ~ Jess

  7. Really interesting blog!
    Christmas lights
    bokeh looking very beautiful. I will definetly try this at my home.


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