I bought a new lens for my camera today at Horn Photo. It’s a 50mm 1.8. I’ve discovered I love pictures with a lot of blur and a small focus. This lens has a 1.8 aperture which will allow for a LOT of blur! It will also do GREAT Bokeh photos. Bokeh is a japanese term for blur. I was playing around with my camera and new lens today and I was trying to recreate this photo. I love how the light shadow makes a heart on the cup too.
The link to this photo is here. http://junkarlo.deviantart.com/art/A-cup-of-Love-2-148638307 This is done making a kind of cuff for the lens where you have a cutout in the very center of the cuff with the shape you want the lights to take on. Here is a link to the cuff that this photographer used. http://junkarlo.deviantart.com/art/Making-of-hearted-boke-148916714 And here is a pic of his cuff.
I made my heart only 3/4 inch in size….so I got a little bit of a different look. I think I will try to make the heart bigger on the next cuff I make and see how it changes my pictures. Anyway….I used a set of colored Christmas lights…propped up behind my coffee cup. I needed to have a black table-cloth underneath….the patterned one is a bit distracting to me. Here is my first attempt at this Bokeh thing!
I also made a cuff with a star opening in it. So here is what that looks like.
Here is a link to a GREAT tutorial on how to make your lens cuff. http://www.kevinandamanda.com/whatsnew/tutorials/photography-tutorials/must-get-christmas-pictures-before-the-tree-comes-down.html