Friday, 7 January 2011

Bokeh: Hearts & Stars

This afternoon I got creative with my Camera and experimented with Bokeh. I found my inspiration from the Canon Australia YouTube Channel of all places, and specifically the Canon Photo 5 Contest. I'm amazed there isn't anything like this for us Photography enthusiasts in the UK. You should definitely check out the website for lots of inspiration and tricks! This has definitely been my favourite find this week!

So here's what I came up with, I made a Heart and a Star Bokeh out of a piece of black card, secured it over my 50mm lens with an elastic band, and set the aperture to f1.8. I then switched to manual focus and then completely threw it out of focus. I used some multi coloured fairy lights for this particular example, and switched the main lights off. I'm also planning on playing around with candles soon. I should mention that I used my tripod and a 2 second auto timer to ensure that there was absolutely no movement of the camera when I took the shot. I absolutely love the effect it gives so so much. In fact I love it so much that I've ordered a full Bokeh Kit from Photojojo along with some other bits and I'll update you all when it arrives.


What do you think?

20 comments:

  1. I have got absolutely no idea what you are talking about in the description section (I am a 'turn it on, point and shoot' kind of gal) but the pics are absolutely gorgeous!! xx

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  2. Ooooh it looks lovely. I've always wondered how people achieved that effect. Be great to see how it works out with other things in the picture :) xx

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  3. These are beautiful. Your posts about photography are very inspiring, they remind me of my Dad who was an avid (and very talented) photographer.

    My other half has a very flash Canon Digital-SLR that he uses to shoot video and I had a play over xmas, taking some stills of the children that I posted on my blog. I'm very tempted to invest in one for myself!

    xxx

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  4. I love it! Literally cannot wait until i get my camera and we can be photo geeks together. Nobody else shares my interest haha xxx

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  5. This is sooo pretty! I would love to get a good camera and start taking good pictures but at the min I can just about manage to use my digital camera! :/ I cant wait to see what other pictures you take with you new "Bokeh" thingys :)

    xx

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  6. this is amazing. you clever girl :) x

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  7. If you like photography and ever want inspiration I 100% suggest going on Flickr.com you can find some amazing photgraphers! I love it.

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  8. Great pictures!
    I've tried this before but never got very good results. I think I have the wrong type of lenses, the lowest aperture I can get is F3.5 :( but I'm very tempted by that bokeh kit.
    That EOS video looks amazing. It's such a good initiative and like you say, I wish there was something similar for us brits.
    xx

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  9. Zoe I can't wait to be photography geeks together!

    Sammersaurus I'm not sure what the effect would be like but I'm sure if use Aperture priority, and go to the lowest aperture 3.5 then give it a go I'm sure you'll get similar results :)

    Thanks for all of the lovely comments! :) xx

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  10. This is stunning, you are very talented xx

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  11. This is amazing and beautiful and it really makes me want to go out and buy a DSLR and get snapping!

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  12. These are beautiful Kelly! I do enjoy seeing your photography, can't wait to see more in the Bokeh style (: x

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  13. they're both beautiful but the heart one is just out of this world!

    jordan x
    www.flutterbyebirdie.blogspot.com

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  14. WOW I love it! I really need to learn stuff for my DSLR, I want to do a course, get another lens for it and learn how to use it properly.
    Any other cool website tips? Such cool pictures. Love the posts about photography, keep it up! xoxo Roz

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  15. This is awesome! Thank you for this post. I did film A level photography many moods ago but didn't do anything with it. I recently bought the Canon EOS 1000D as a new year presnt for myself. I have no idea what I'm doing but it seems perfect for a digital beginner like me. Happy New Year Kelly! x

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  16. You make it sound so easy! I wish I could try this out, but I managed to smash my 50mm lens in my carry on luggage last month, boo!

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  18. I think I've seen this technique before but I can't remember where. I wanted to try it but I'm not really a camera buff and only ever take pictures with my camera phone.

    The results you got are amazing though looking forward to seeing some more when you get the bokeh kit.

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  19. The pictures are awesome, I have no clue about the method or any interest in photography but I love the results you got here. xxx

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  20. I got one of those bokeh kits and it's super fun.

    Christmas Tree shot here. Here's a shot I did: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bensmithson/5293941362/

    It also looks cool with video!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUkeRcnCBh8

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