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    Default Shaped Bokeh!

    Leaf Bokeh!

    I had so much fun making shaped bokeh that I had to make some more. I realized my possibilities were just endless so I tried something new today- leaves!
    It's super easy! Just get a black piece of paper and cut out it out about the size of your lens. Cut the shape directly in the middle of the paper and the shape needs to be about the size of your pinkie nail or smaller. Open your aperture as wide as it will go- I used a 50/1.8 lens and set it to 1.8. Find your desired bokeh points (christmas lights for me) and wah-lah! watch the magic happen! The closer you are to the lights the smaller the bokeh will appear (the farther- the larger).


    Oh and don't forget to tape or hold the paper over your lens :0)
    Here's a picture of how I did the image above:

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    Well, amy-rose, that just couldn't be prettier! Lovely colors and would have made a great entry for the leaves assignment (IMHO). Thanks for sharing how easy it was!
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    brilliant
    i've seen this technque before and have always meant to try it
    yours is the best i've seen yet, congrats on a beautiful photo
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    this came out amazingly well......if i hadn't read your info i would have thought all the little leaves were cut outs......like autumn's confetti.....

    this is great.....

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    That is really cool. I love it. Very well executed.

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    Wow! Thanks Amy for sharing! I had never even heard of "shaped bokeh" before. Now I must try!

    And what a beautiful shot!
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    Thanks Everyone! I'm so glad to hear you wanted to learn this :0)
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    thats really neat!

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    I saw this come up in the newsletter and thought it looked brilliant, so it's great to see some examples, especially such fabulous ones. And thank you for posting the photo of your camera, that actually really helps. I'm inspired to go back and read the blog post now, as I only skimmed it the first time.
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    Very clever. I like the effect.
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