Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Christmas Gift to me

I got a cool new gift today.
It came in the mail all the way from Israel.

I woke up one morning and, half asleep, I got on the computer. 
I don't know where or who pointed this item out, but before I knew what was happening,
I was filling out my credit card number and ordering the 

Some people sleep walk... I was sleep shopping.

(Really... that's my only excuse... I was tired.)

There was some logical reasoning...
the price was do-able,
and knowing that I'd soon have lots of long, cold, dark nights ahead of me,
it seemed like I should have some sort of indoor photography project.

The kit came with all sorts of shapes to alter the bokeh in your pictures.
Hearts and stars,
butterflies and horses... these could be fun!

It also came with a few stranger shapes.
A volume symbol?
Is that a nuclear power symbol?

I don't know... kind of weird...
but the extra blanks will be nice,
maybe they can be snowflakes or trees or something...

Not long after I made my purchase 
and as I was waking up a bit,
I looked into this bokeh/shape thing further.
Turns out, you can make your own fairly cheaply.
Here's one tutorial.

Still, I'm not upset with my purchase, 
in fact I'm rather excited.

I've only played with it a teensy bit and still have a lot to learn.
Having a halfway willing subject helps.
(Obviously, she was only half willing... the bumble was much less wiggly.)

I imagine that shaped bokeh could seem a little cheesy, 
but there might be some cool applications for it.  

For now, it's just a fun new toy
and if you make your own, you can have one too!


Kelley said...

That looks interesting! So festive... I could see my Christmas card pictures just looking tons better with those stars!

Jess said...

Ha ha! The sunglasses cracked me up! Have fun with your new toy, it looks like a blast.

Winn (aka Koreen) said...

How fun! I really loved the first one. I was a little jealous at first. Also of the abominable snowman. He's just awesome. :)

Ashley Sisk said...

That is so much fun - my lensbaby will do that but I could have saved a lot of money by just buying this. How neat!

Julie said...

that looks fun! I have no idea what to even picture in my head as a bokeh, but those stars look fun :). So does the bumble.

Leslie said...

that looks like fun!!! when i first started reading i thought the gift to you was bumble!!!

Wendy said...

How funny you posted the same thing! I think the stars are my favorite. Great job!

Brooke G. said...

COOL stuff!!! I love this effect! Are you using your 1.4 lens? Cool stuff :D

Jientje said...

That looks like so much fun!