Well – for my minishoot on Sunday we got to play around with bokeh lights and starbursts. We shot in a basement with some windows, a bunch of mini lights and some Gerbera Daisies.
I borrowed Tineke’s Canon 50D with a 50mm 1.8prime on it. I shot wide open and used my Bokeh Masters Kit I recently won. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet as I don’t have a lens that opens wide enough to use it – it works best at f2.8 or wider.
The shot below is basically SOOC (straight out of camera) with a conversion to jpeg in lightroom. The sunlight was nice and bright (obviously several stops brighter than the ambient) and I managed to get a cluster of mini-lights underexposed in the background shaped by the bokeh kit. The bokeh kit works by virtually changing the shape of your aperture, making the out of focus highlights take on the shape of the hole the light is coming through – normally this would be round, but with the kit we can change that.
The black background is just very strong contrast between the subject I was metering on (the daisy) and the ambient background. Since the contrast was so high, the background is so underexposed that all detail is lost.
Enough description – here is the image I’m so happy with that I couldn’t wait to share.