Monday, December 10, 2007

Turn on your heart lights

There was no Photoshop trickery involved in making this image. Just a couple of simple household items and a little mad science. I showed a friend the image I had made of my out-of-focus Christmas tree. He told me he had taken a photo class where they had placed paper over the lenses of their cameras, each having a cutout shape. The out-of-focus points of light took on the shape of the cutouts.

So I grabbed some light cardboard and located a heart-shaped paper punch and placed the punch in the center of a round piece of cardboard I had cut the same size as the front of the lens, then taped it in place. Voila. Heart lights for the holidays.

I have several more lighthearted photos that I made with my new toy. Look for them here this week.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2007 James Jordan.


Steve said...

Cool. I remember once viewing a full eclipse of the sun and looking down under a tree seeing the shadows of the leaves which became tiny, slivered moon-shaped crescents as the event progressed. I imagine this is the same principle at work, though on a much larger scale.

Kim said...

What a wonderful technique, and the results are beautiful! I'll have to remember this one and try it sometime.

Wanda said...

I love it from the bottom of my HEART!! :)

Hillary said...

Love the picture!

Hmmm... I've tried that, but all I get is a heart shaped picture with a blurry subject. The lights just look normal. What am I missing?

James said...

maybe the cutout was too big? The cutout I used turned out to be just over a quarter inch in size. You also need to shoot the picture at the widest aperture opening.

Hillary said...

Thanks for the tips! I'll try that :)