Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Bokeh Fun

'Tis the season for holiday bokeh!  I thought I'd try something a little different this year. You can see last year's attempts here.

This time around I made a template of an angel, by cutting a circle the diameter of my lens from black paper, then cutting out a hand drawn angel. It's far from perfect, but after several tries with my tiny scissors, I decided it would have to do. This would be much easier if you had an angel paper punch!
I then taped the paper cut out onto the front of my lens and set up my subject a few feet in front of the lights. I shot with my 50 mm f/1.4 lens at 1.4. I cranked up my ISO to between 1500 and 2000 for these shots with a SS around 125. I found I had better luck when I added a little fill light using ambient lighting in front of my subject. These were all shot at night.
Here are my shots. Again, not perfect. I'll want to revisit this when I have more time to tweak my set up. I really wanted the angels to look as if they were flying overhead for the sleeping shots. I think trying a different strand of lights with fewer bulbs and hanging them from the ceiling somehow might help. 

There are so many fun possibilities to play with light this season. Give it a try and let me know what you come up with!





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11 comments:

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

The one with Little Miss looks especially dreamy and heavenly.

Deanna said...

these are so sweet...love the b&w!!

Tiffany said...

Sweet angel bokeh...fun!
Tiffany

Kim C. said...

I LOVE these! I haven't tried altering the shapes of my bokeh yet, but inspired to do so! I really love the first image. The expression is perfect! Intend to love a good gaze right into the lens.

Gina @ Kleinworth & Co. said...

Beautiful- I love love love the bokeh!!! :)

Lori said...

The bokeh is so nice, love it!

Carol L McKenna said...

Very creative ~ love the angels ~ children are beautiful! ~ (A Creative Harbor) ~ aka (ArtMuse Dog^_^)

Lori said...

Thanks for sharing with Foto Friday!

I wasn't following your blog or FB, I thought I was, sorry. I am now.

Lori

explorenewness said...

LOVE that last one!!! Gorgeous in B/W too.

Sarah Halstead said...

Very cool! I have done the shapes before but never thought to do subjects in the photos too. ha.

Amanda Jillian B said...

So cute

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