Bokeh at Play by taffy

Bokeh at Play

Lessons Learned:
1. Shaped bokeh requires lots of lights
2. Best not to do this in single digit temperatures
3. If in single digit temperatures, do this quickly
4. If wearing gloves, assume the shape will fall off bokeh-shape holder and you will have to continue to freeze beyond time expected as you look for your bokeh kit on the ground in the dark
5. Hope for the best first time out as you will not want to go out again!
This is a neighbor's outdoor decoration -- they have lights on their main tree, some bushes, and around their door. The door one may appear later this week.
Main album: http://365project.org/taffy/365/2013-12-09
Macro Monday: http://365project.org/taffy/the-also-ran-ph/2013-12-09
Fun and really cool!
December 10th, 2013  
Haha - useful tips! :) Very cool bokeh.
December 10th, 2013  
Oh very well done, Taffy! I don't know how you did this except if you made a shape to put in front of the lens?
December 10th, 2013  
Gorgeous - I love the sharpness of this!
December 10th, 2013  
I can never get my shaped bokeh to turn out right. How big do u make the cut out shape.
December 10th, 2013  
This was a great start! Pity the cold. Did you make this one or buy the kit?

@maggiemae @froggie0628 I've got how to details on shaped bokeh here, if you're interested: http://www.boostyourphotography.com/2013/12/shaped-bokeh.htm
December 10th, 2013  
fantastic Taffy
December 10th, 2013  
So pretty, and the sharpness is great! Mine never look this good! :)
December 10th, 2013  
@archaeofrog Thanks for the link. I will check it out and try again.
December 10th, 2013  
This turned out really great. Your stars are so sharp!
December 10th, 2013  
This is wonderful! I heard you can get a bokeh kit - I have seen hearts - is this one you bought or made? Must have a go but not when it's so cold!
December 10th, 2013  
Beautiful
December 10th, 2013  
Zam
Lol nice quick tutorial:))
December 10th, 2013  
@pamknowler @archaeofrog @froggie0628 @maggiemae
I bought a bokeh kit a long time ago but hadn't used it yet. It was about $25.00 US and you could easily make it yourself, but I must admit it was VERY convenient once I got it out yesterday. Here's one like mine but I'm not sure if it's the same company -- it looks like the same setup as mine: http://www.amazon.com/DIY-Photography-Masters-Special-Portraits/dp/B004PV8N1I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386648036&sr=8-1&keywords=bokeh+kit
December 10th, 2013  
@taffy Ooohhhh that's for that info. I may have to invest in that!!
December 10th, 2013  
I applaud your courage in braving the cold to get this shot!
December 10th, 2013  
Thanks for sharing the lesson :) I am sure I'd stick to finding something inside at those temperatures, so well done for braving it! It's a cool shot. I must give it a try at some point, I have never done a bokeh shot
December 10th, 2013  
Yay! Success! Well done!
December 10th, 2013  
awesome
December 10th, 2013  
@pflaume I was really excited about it once I thawed out my fingers and could get the card out of the camera and into the computer! Thanks for sharing in my joy!
December 10th, 2013  
I love your six-pointed stars!
December 10th, 2013  
@redy4et Thanks -- I was going for subtle given all the themes this month for the Xmas holidays.
December 10th, 2013  
Brilliant composition.
December 10th, 2013  
Cool shot - and fun description of the process too :)
December 10th, 2013  
Hooray! Your efforts were rewarded! This is totally awesome! Love the sharp focus and the playful movement of the lights!
December 10th, 2013  
It's all beyond me, clever you, this is fabulous
December 10th, 2013  
Fun description & clever shot!
December 10th, 2013  
Really well done, Taffy! Love the swirling lines of lights - the star shape is just bonus!
December 10th, 2013  
Fun festive shot - interesting to find out how you got the bokeh.
December 10th, 2013  
Five very important rules...#6...always carry a camera...this is a very colorful starry night...great capture!
December 10th, 2013  
Awesome shots with all the lights!!
December 10th, 2013  
Wonderful.
December 10th, 2013  
Wonderful picture, might have to try this sometime
December 10th, 2013  
Kim
Very, very cool! Thanks for the tips:-)
December 10th, 2013  
this came out lovely... very nicely done!
December 11th, 2013  
Very cool.
December 16th, 2013  
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