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343/365: Hello Kitty Loves Christmas Lights

343/365: Hello Kitty Loves Christmas Lights

The inspiration for today's photo experiment comes from Zac Paladino, who sent me a link that illustrated how change the shape of the circles of confusion in photographs. To achieve this shot, I cut a disc of construction paper the same size as the front of my lens, then used an X-acto knife to cut out a tiny heart in the center. I attached the disc to the front of the lens with scotch tape, opened the aperture way up so that I wouldn't see any of the inside of the paper, and went outside to shoot. The size of the modified circles of confusion can be controlled by altering the focus--the more out of focus, the larger the "circles" (or in this case, hearts). So for this, I took one photo of Hello Kitty and the lights waaaay out of focus to get the nice, big hearts, and one from the same vantage point but in focus. I then combined the two shots in Photoshop to produce the final image.

I also experimented with a star cutout.

This is a fun technique and super-easy; well worth playing around with for the novelty value if nothing else.

22 days to go...

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