Tag Archives: Bokeh

Paris, For you!

Morning, fellas!

Here is a Wallpaper for your Smart Phones, Paris in Swirly Bokeh.

Original size; and SOOC

Paris

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I’m heading now to Greece; a quick vacation, a Photographer needs :)

Happy Shooting :)

Your photo has been chosen!

Taking somehow a break from Photography projects, and uploading some of the photos I took during my last trip to the US!

You can check ’em out, over here.

Anyways, I received an email this early morning that one of my photos has been chosen (as a cover for a Flickr Group).

Email

My Swirly Bokeh Photo – SOOC

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That feels good! :-)

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:

photo 1

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photo 2

photo 5

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

Happy Shooting!

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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Focus06-2

Focus06-3

Focus06-4

Focusing at ~1

Focus1-1

Focus1-2

Focus1-3

Focus1-4

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! :)