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Custom-Bokeh Multiple Exposures

This is a great technique for doing multiple-exposures. First of all, I shot a roll of film through my SLR using a custom bokeh mask. The basic idea behind the mask is that it changes the out-of-focus areas from standard circle-ish shapes to fancy shapes such as stars, faces, hearts etc.

It works particularly well in dark situations with lots of lights in the background. Here is a great tutorial on how to create your own custom masks

I shot my roll around town one night – streetlights, traffic lights, etc. I used a large aperture (f/1.8) and made sure the lights were out of focus – this led to maximum custom shapes. You don’t have to go round town to shoot lights – you could just put some fairy lights up in a dark room (I used this option for my second attempt – it’s much warmer and quicker!).

Once I finished the film in my SLR, I put it into my trusty Lomo LC-A and shot normally. I think I got some rather pleasing results. The cow with a star in her mouth and the silver planetarium are particular favourites…

written by dazb

11 comments

  1. vicuna

    vicuna

    great shots and love this very discret effect. I didn't almost notice the blue star on the cow's shot! :)) Great work!

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  2. dearjme

    dearjme

    Love the planetarium shot!

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  3. dearjme

    dearjme

    Love the planetarium shot!

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  4. icuresick

    icuresick

    Cool! Just like my Bibiolicious photos! http://www.lomograph(…)ibiolicious

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  5. adi_totp

    adi_totp

    great tipster :D

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  6. mafiosa

    mafiosa

    great photos.

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  7. qrro

    qrro

    great pics!!!!

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  8. pangmark

    pangmark

    true genius

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  9. moonormoon

    moonormoon

    great idea!

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  10. madc

    madc

    i will def. try this out. thanks!

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  11. itsdebraanne

    itsdebraanne

    love the dog one!

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