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I enjoy a crafty challenge. So I just had to make a little bokeh aperture for my lens. Then I decided, why make one when I can make many! So I made a multi-shape bokehmatic with some cardboard I had on hand, some tape, construction paper and shaped hole punches.

I made it to fit onto my Nikon 50mm 1:1.8, and kept the lens wide open while shooting.

Here’s an example of normal bokeh for this lens.

And here’s a shot with the bokehmatic!

Although the effect is pretty cheesy, it was still a fun project. There were some technical matters to consider. I was lucky that my hole punches (at between 1 and 2 cm) were smaller than my maximum aperture (50mm/1.8 = 2.7cm). And the cardboard mask affects exposure.

I was having some difficulty trying to find scenes to make foreground subject matter in focus and have highlights far enough away to be out of focus for good bokeh. Of course, for a few shots I did just make everything out of focus, but that seems less interesting to me.

Happy 4th of July weekend, everyone!

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