Monday, June 24, 2013

Having Fun


This image was edited in Lightroom only.  Do you know how it was done?

The effect was done in-camera.  It happened because I was shooting through a net.  Shooting through through the net at the right distance is similar to using shaped bokeh (where you place a cutout in front of your lens to shape the bokeh).  Here, the net created an interesting diagonal bokeh pattern.  I went further and blurred the whole shot to use the diagonal bokeh like a brush, to paint an impressionistic scene.  It's something you can try next time you're shooting through a barrier instead of wishing the barrier was gone :)


  1. Your genius knows no bounds! I love it!

    1. Thanks TeaDad! I wish I could say that I thought of it beforehand, but actually it was just something I discovered by accident. I was having a hard time focusing on the kids because of the net (plus they were bouncing a lot), so I used manual focus. As I was dialing in the focus, I noticed the diagonal bokeh effect then I played with it. :) I plan to experiment further with this technique.

      Best regards,

  2. It's even better that you discovered it by accident. I find I'm often so taken up with getting the shot I had in mind that I'm not open to new opportunities to try something that might give a better result. Or worse I'm too focussed on one aspect of it that I forget about some more basic thing like a setting or composition. True genius is not really being able to do what you planned to do, it's about being able to sieze opportunites like this one!
    Sorry I'm so slow to reply as usual!


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