Merging Blur and Bokeh to Transform Light Photography (D185)

There’s nothing like finding a good excuse to break out the Christmas lights in March. Today’s Theme Thursday of Blur or Bokeh was just such an opportunity.

I got a few ideas for doing some studio photography shots from Chris Gatcum’s book, Camera Creative. Then I did what I always do and started something entirely different, but kept the Christmas lights. In fact, the lights became the focus of all my shots today… and what a blast!

t365-light-bokeh-blur Here’s a quick and easy tutorial on how I got the combination of blur and bokeh in these shots:

  • Camera Equipment: Nikon D50, 70-300 mm lens, multi-colored Christmas lights, tripod
  • Camera Settings: Manual setting, manual focus, 1/2 sec at f/18, ISO 200
  • Shot Setup: lights were in one small circular pile, tripod with camera was about 10 feet away, pressed self timer then watched for the ready light so I knew when the shutter would first go off, once it fired, I quickly adjusted focal length until the shutter closed. The tripod helped keep the streams of light in clear focus and I played with the speed at which I adjusted the focus.
  • Post Processing: Used Adobe Lightroom to slightly increase contrast and sharpness in the images. Then added Daily Multi Vitamin Photoshop action by Kubota Image tools. Used MCP Finish it actions for the frame.

What a fun theme for this week! I loved seeing all the other tasra365 tweeps taking on the challenge and producing amazing images!

Manual: Page 112
Images: Camera Creative

  • http://kyle365.wordpress.com/ Kyle Lauritzen

    Love them! Great way to combine both blur and bokeh. Great colors, too!

  • beaneyman

    Amazing how such a simple technique can produce such WOW results.

  • http://www.smalljoysinlife.wordpress.com/ Theresa

    I am new to your site, made the trip over from your guest post on Photofocus. I really appreciate that you share your info on how you got the shot. I am new to photography and the background info on how a shot is produced is extremely helpful. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Crystal

    Did you do this in a dark room?

  • beaneyman

    Amazing how such a simple technique can produce such WOW results.

  • http://www.smalljoysinlife.wordpress.com/ Theresa

    I am new to your site, made the trip over from your guest post on Photofocus. I really appreciate that you share your info on how you got the shot. I am new to photography and the background info on how a shot is produced is extremely helpful. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Crystal

    Did you do this in a dark room?