Category Archives: Projects

Projects I work on. Usually Photography related projects.

Petzval Effect on iPhone – Swirly Bokeh

Finally I got it! I’ve been experimenting lately on how to accomplish the best Swirliness out of a camera, and then I found a way to create that “Swirly Bokeh” on an iPhone!

I’m happy with the results so far.. :)

The problem is I cannot get “less” swirliness, but I manage to get “Sharpness” at the center.

Samples

**Never edited, straight out of the iPhone

Here are some of the photos I took today, at Multnomah Waterfalls:

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What do you think? Share your thoughts.. and I’m still experimenting :)

Happy Shooting!

Bausch & Lomb Zeiss Tessar – Lens Hack – Canon EOS

It’s been awhile since my last Lens Hack project, here I’m gonna show you my latest hack with (of course) some Photo samples of the lens (Never touched, SOOC).

I bought this old lens from ebay, out of curiosity for testing it and experimenting..

So, let’s start..

The Lens

(Using Helios 44M-4 with Canon 5D classic)

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The Mount + Bellows

(I went to a carpenter and asked him to create the Adapter, it is not Screw-type, just a “push the element” in type)

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Sample Shots

(SOOC, never cropped never touched, click on the image to enlarge)
f4.5, wide open

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This lens hack has been listed on EBAY:

Link on Ebay

That’s all folks! :)

To place an order, shoot me an email

Swirly Bokeh

Searching, studying, and experimenting on how “Swirly Bokeh” (aka Cat’s Eye Effect)  form, it’s been two days and now I can conclude what I’ve found.

Definition:

Swirly Bokeh (Cat’s eye effect); because the Bokeh is making a circular shape.

How Does it Form?

I will list the “recipe” as points, so you can understand easily (of I what I’ve read, and experienced):

  • You need Bokeh in the background, so that you’ll be able to see the “Swirl” effect (e.g. Keyboard, Grass, Bokeh of light coming between the leaves)
  • If the background is plain, lined, or lacks Bokeh then you’ll never have it (e.g. background is PC Screen, Walls)
  • Stick to focus range between 0.6 to 1 (if you go 0.5 or more than 1 you’ll hardly see it; you don’t get so close, and you don’t keep a big distance)

My Helios 44M-4 after experimenting

References – How it Forms:

Lenses:

This list contains some of the lenses that can produce that “Swirly Bokeh“:  *references below

  • Helios 40-2
  • Helios 44 F2 (Any Helios 44)
  • Helios 44M (I have Helios 44M-4)
  • Helios Cyclops 85mm F1.5
  • Helios Cyclops 85mm F1.2
  • Minolta MC Rokkor PF 50mm F1.7
  • Ziess Biotar 75/1.5
  • and others… But these are the famous ones, especially (Helios, made in USSR – Zenit cameras)

If you do not want to buy any lens, then try this Hack/Mod: (I didn’t test it)

My Helios

References – Lenses:

Let me first start with what I’ve found (by experimenting), then I will list some websites that I’ve read about this kind of Bokeh.

Photos

(experimenting using Helios 44M-4 mounted on Canon 5D classic)

Focusing at 0.6

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Focusing at ~1

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Focusing at 0.5 (no Swirl, or hardly noticed)

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Now, if you want to learn more I suggest you read these references that I’ve found while searching:

That’s pretty much it, after I had experimented.. I need to sleep..

Happy shooting! :)

Before – After

Here I’m going to show you some of my photos, before and after, to give you ideas on how you can improve your photo editing.

  • Pay Attention to the Smallest Detail
  • Get rid of the Distractions
  • Bring in your creativity and your imagination
  • Use Color Correction, wisely
  • Do not over do it!
  • Use content-aware to your advantage!
  • Focus on your subject

Putting some Clouds, and focusing on that little drawing! – Street Art

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Use your Imagination and be Creative!

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Appearence

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Glasgow

Happy shooting and editing :)

check this on Behance.

27 Exposures In Sharm el-Sheikh!

iShoot film; and I will always do. On my last trip to Italy I purchased “Kodak – Single Use Camera” that has 27 exposures and using 400 ISO film by Kodak.

Last week I went to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt to enjoy summer and break the routine I had and relax a bit away from the city and work.

I took the “Single use camera” with me; the results are astonishing.

The colors are just amazing..

Kodak - Single Use Camera

Film

The photo store gave me the photos on CD as well, so here are some of the photos:

(1:1 cropped, no edit)

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Happy shooting! :)

Monochromes from Italy

I’ve started a new project on Behance.net; called “Monochromes from Italy”..

Monochromes from Italy!

– Made me fall in love with Italy
– Made me fall in love with the light

Click here to view the project

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Hope you’ll enjoy it! :-)