Holiday Bokeh #2

 Friday, December 10, 2010

Life with My 3 Boybarians posted this great Holiday Bokeh tutorial here.  I've been seeing lots of people try it out and I've been dying to attempt it myself.

This was my first attempt.

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Of course it took some white balancing and brightening in photoshop to get the whites to pop. Actually the biggest problem I had was the dark green wire in between the white lights. If I had a strand of white lights with white wire instead of dark green this would've been MUCH easier! I did photoshop out some of the dark spots where the wire showed.  I had the coffee mug sitting on some fake snow and I like how the strand of silver garland goes in and out of the snow, and in and out of focus.  I ended up setting this up on my kitchen floor because thats where I had the best light.

This is when I realized my whipped cream was melting and I took the shot again with a fresh topping of whipped cream!

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I also tried it with my little Santa snow globe.

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I couldn't get this one quite as white because on the first picture, I took out a lot of the red to get the wall white, but I couldn't on this one or else all the color from santa would be gone! Also, you can see the wires a bit more on this. But still I think it worked out ok.

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13 comments:

Ashley Jean December 11, 2010 at 7:07 AM  

I love it!

Ashley Jean
http://photographybyashleyjean.blogspot.com/

Nicolasa December 11, 2010 at 9:48 AM  

Beautiful! I love the snow globe!

MEGoo Photography December 11, 2010 at 10:42 AM  

Oh, wow!! I love them! You did an AMAZING job! :)

Katie December 12, 2010 at 1:01 PM  

I love them! You did an awesome job!! I could just look at bokeh shots all day...

bek December 12, 2010 at 8:14 PM  

Great job on these! The topped off whipped cream does make a difference. Really nice shot!

And thanks for stopping by. These bokeh shots have been fun.

Allie December 13, 2010 at 10:29 AM  

I LOVE that second shot! It looks amazing! Thanks for linking up!

Lui December 13, 2010 at 2:00 PM  

Gorgeous shots!
Imagine going through all that editing but you nailed it! Great bokeh!

Amy December 13, 2010 at 3:56 PM  

Gorgeous! See, practice makes perfect. :)

Run DMT December 15, 2010 at 6:09 PM  

GORGEOUS! I love the white lights with the white background.

Katie December 19, 2010 at 6:35 PM  

Congrats on winning the Happy Monday bokeh challenge!!!! Man, you smoked everyone else! ...including me - thanks a lot ;) (totally JOKING on that) you have a super great shot here and to be honest, I almost voted for you instead of myself!! :)

Hannah December 28, 2010 at 6:18 AM  

Your photo is one of the five finalists! Head over to Aspire to vote for it. Thanks for entering and congrats!

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