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.


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!


I also tried it with my little Santa snow globe.


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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Ashley Jean December 11, 2010 at 7:07 AM  

I love it!

Ashley Jean

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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