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    Strobist: Sigma 530 DG Super camera right gorillapoded to pillar with an Omnibounce on, fired at 1/16 power with a full CTO via radio triggers camera right

    Okay, I know this is probably a big jump from what i've done in the past month or so but you should know I tend to do that sometimes by now = P

    This shot must have been one of the more frustrating ones for me to do in a while because of a couple of things. One, it was a one second exposure which I solved by doing a strobisty move gorillapodding my flash to a pillar camera right BEHIND my hand which provided the 3D effect. (Only thought of that on day 4 of shooting). I'm a lazy guy so I gave up within an hour every night and tried again the next. Haha

    Which leads to two, which was the fact that I tried this shot 4 nights in a row going for a different approach everytime. My first try does not look ANTYHING like this. = P

    Three, the heart thingy was hard to make since I'm a teenage guy (one of the more the more uncreative people = P). Making it require the skill only a teenage GIRL would have so I put my friend TheTelephoneGirl up to the challenge and she literally cut out a perfect heart right in front of my eyes in 15 seconds. =.= So major props to her for that. BTW, I kinda angled the hearts to the left on purpose... Straight on made it feel very uniform which wasn't what I was going for.

    Four, my arm is aching from pretending to hold my hand out to 'feel' the bokeh which I think I did maybe a 100 times over this week which was not only looked ridiculous and I could laugh cause laughing makes your hand shake, which is bad = ( Plus, the position of my thumb was also a giant pain. Oh somehow I managed to get a heart to 'float' on my second finger which I think happened because my hand was shaky which basically came down to pure luck for that to happen.

    Finally, if anyone is interested in finding out how to do this go check out this post. They have a great guide although the way they did it is kinda different form mine.They have you cut up a sheet of black paper to make a fake lens hood, cutting a heart in the middle but umm, if you look through the comments to that post (and there are hundreds of comments) I found someone had got it to work by cutting a circle with a heart in the middle and just shoving that in front of the lens and holding it in place with a filter or something. I addded a tab to mine for easy removal.

    If anyone is interested in seeing the actual custom bokeh paper thingy I used which my friend made I will gladly post a picture of it soon, just PM me or ask me to in the comments. This one was a real toughie and I hope you guys like it, and sorry for the giant essay here = ) Have a good weekend!

    Comments and faves greatly appreciated! ;)

    Looks awesome on black.

    J Corvan, TheTelephoneGirl, elise **, and 16 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Spitefully 56 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the kind comments guys = )

      @Zaqqy J.
      I mentioned a terrific guide that shows you exactly how to do this and with other shapes too, just check it out here. Enjoy, and I recommend asking someone whose good at arts and crafts to do it, mine sucked btw so I feel ya, which is why I asked my friend to do it = P

    2. Zaqqy J. 56 months ago | reply

      yours cool. haha. thank you so much. ! :o)

    3. Limelight Fotography 56 months ago | reply

      Thats a lovely use of light, great work
      Noticed in storbist group

    4. maria®(Catching up!) 56 months ago | reply

      Great DoF. Long exposure shot perfectly well done :)

    5. pawprints 56 months ago | reply

      this is really cool- very well done - worth your hard work

    6. Pan.101 56 months ago | reply

      Extremely, Well done

      Great Capture.This Wonderful Image Was Seen in
      Bokeh and Bokeh 散景世界

    7. Trevi2009- 56 months ago | reply

      Lovely shot! Great lights and colors
      Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )

    8. Spitefully 56 months ago | reply

      Glad you all like it. If anyone has a suggestion on how to improve this shot please let me know. I've been at it for a while and i'm not sure if my judgement is sound anymore = S haha

    9. Oomphoto - Nancy G. Villarroya 56 months ago | reply

      That's outstanding bokeh. I should try this technique.

    10. ng.kelven 56 months ago | reply

      very cool looking bokeh :)

      Seen at STAND-OUT Images!

    11. Nam2@7676 56 months ago | reply

      Wow Lovely〜!!! How?

    12. Spitefully 56 months ago | reply

      I'm not sure of the exact science behind this thing but basically you cut out a heart shape on a black piece of paper, slap that in front of the lens and that overrides your lens' aperture, thus causing the bokeh to be a lovely heart shape. You can use any kind of shape btw.

      You can check out the guide I used here.

    13. _T604 56 months ago | reply

      Cool effect, I'll have to try this one of these days.

    14. izya₪zzati [deleted] 54 months ago | reply

      awesome!!!! :D

    15. in-dependence 50 months ago | reply

      awesome bokeh and lovely colours! Very nice work!(:

    16. tymjean 49 months ago | reply

      Great job!

      Unfortunately, I havent been lucky.
      I have been experimenting with custom bokeh as well too but not successful.
      My bokeh become hearts but 3/4 of the frame is covered by the bokeh cardboard (like some black shadow), and I dont get a full image like you do here.
      I'm already at 50mm widest f2.8.
      I cant figure out the problem, do you know why?

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