I actually forgot this week’s theme was bokeh when I was creating the photos in my previous post! I could have just referred my Project 52 friends to that post, but I decided to try shaped bokeh today. I used a star puncher from my old scrapbook supplies (that I’ve hardly used since I took up digital scrapbooking several years ago) and I cut around the star hole so the paper fit over the lens.
For my first attempt, I used my 18-55mm kit lens and white paper and this is what I got. No good at all (though slightly interesting perhaps).
Then I reviewed a shaped bokeh tutorial HERE and switched to my 50mm lens and black paper for the rest of my attempts. I thought I wasn’t getting any star-shaped bokeh, so for a few shots I removed the cut-out. I thought this would be my photo for the weekly theme until I got into Lightroom.
I tried again with the star cutout several times, but couldn’t seen any stars at all on my camera’s LCD. However, when I looked at my photos in Lightroom I discovered there ARE stars! They’re just teeny tiny little stars you have to look close to see.
Here’s a severely cropped version of the above photo so you can see the stars better. Someday I’ll explore this further. Did I need to make the star cut out smaller or bigger? I think I need to find a more informative tutorial.
Go see more bokeh by continuing on the Project 52 blog circle. Next is Jessica of The Gaggle Photography.