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Doubles with Heart Shaped Bokehs

February is over, but this shouldn't prevent us from continuing to spread our love for analog. And what better way to do this than filling our photos with hearts?

After Xmas, I decided to try the tipster by susielomovitz, when atria007 sent me another very interesting link about bokehs with different shapes. Moreover, another LomoFriend flashstalker sent me a very enjoyable vídeo explaining how to make those bokehs, so I started making some small changes.

What you’ll need:

  • Black card board
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paper punch with a heart shape (here is my adaptation)
  • 50mm Lens
  • Xmas lights


1. Load the roll into the camera, and mark it so you’ll be able to match the photos when exposing for the second time.

2. Get a piece of the card board, put it under the lens and trace it.

3. Cut it leaving wings (that will help you when attaching it to the lens) and also cut out a 13mm square.

4. Then, punch the small piece of paper to cut out the heart shape. I bought my paper punch at Tiger and the heart shape is 12mm size (you can also make it yourself, but I kind of like the idea of having it “perfect”).

5. Attach the small piece with the heart shape punch to the circled card board with tape.

6. Place the lights in a dark place. I attached them on the wall with tape and turn off the light.

7. Now, attach the lens to your camera, set it to “manual”, with the maximum aperture (it is 1.9 in my camera) and total out of focus. I sat the speed as requested by the photometer. A tripod it advised when using low speed, in order to avoid shaky pictures..

8. Then, place the card board on the lens and attached it with tape, turn off the lights and… voilá! If everything is okay, you should see the hearts through the view finder.

Important! The size of the heart should always be smaller then the diaphragm.

9. Having taken the first part of the pictures, rewind it carefully to leave a piece of the film out, and load it into you favourite camera and shoot again. I have tried with colour and black and white film, and here’s the result.

Now I got paper punched in different shapes as I wish to try and improve my results.

For a more detailed instruction check here.

written by littlekoala and translated by decafujita


  1. iamtheju


    The problem here is that when you attach to the end of the lens, it will just focus past the mask. You would be much better off putting the mask inside the camera so that it is in perfect focus.
    It's a great idea though.

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  2. iamtheju


    Although my suggestion would mean all the hearts in the same place. But it could be OK.

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  3. littlekoala


    thanks for the suggestion @iamtheju but the soft focus was intentioned. You can decide whether or not to focus the hearts

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  4. littlekoala


    as long as you use a slr camera

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  5. kleeblatt


    wonderful results ♥

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  6. littlekoala


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  7. littlekoala


    and thanks to @decafujita for translating it :)

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  8. alicebee


    Hi guys, you sound very professional so I guess I can ask you : do you know if there is any way to achieve this with a Diana Camera, maybe with a special lens? Thanks for your help, your pictures look great!

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  9. littlekoala


    Hi @alicebee I think that you could get this effect making a heart smaller than the apperture of the diana mini's diaphragm

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  10. alicebee


    Thanks !! I'm gonna try !!

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  11. littlekoala


    @alicebee let me know when you get the results! :)

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  12. alicebee


    I surely will! Thanks!

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