https://www.instagram.com/p/CONgtDuFozh/ ins: iwakurashiori

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This photo has light dot bokeh in front of the subject, seemingly coming from the sun. How was this done, or how can the effect be achieved?


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A bit of black-belt Google-fu & Google Translate found the definitive answer, from the photographer themself.

It's an in-camera double exposure (proving my original theory wrong;)

It was so beautiful that I used the features of New FM2 for multiple exposure. I took a picture of a person first, and by overlaying particles of light on the dark part, I captured the beauty of the light reflected on the surface of the water.

Via Google Translate from nikostop.nikon-image.com

  • \$\begingroup\$ Well I did try my Google-fu before posting the question. But your Google-fu seems much better ;) P.S. just spent 15min learning about double exposure, fun stuff \$\endgroup\$
    – Max
    Commented Aug 30, 2021 at 23:13

Nice image.

Although Tetsujin has broken the illusion and ruined our creativity by providing a fact check inquery ☺️...

A similar effect could be done by spraying some water drops or another liquid on a sheet of glass in front of the lens.

Of course, you would not have the hexagonal shape but a rounded one.

You could play a bit with the distance between the lens and the glass, or even the angle of it.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I will give that a try. Does the glass material / thickness matter? And question: why would I get a rounded bokeh? (well my lens does give round bokeh but I'm searching for a 6/7 bladed lens now..) \$\endgroup\$
    – Max
    Commented Aug 30, 2021 at 23:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ It would not be a bokeh, it would be a lens flare sort of. In reality an out-of-focus droplet. \$\endgroup\$
    – Rafael
    Commented Aug 31, 2021 at 1:39

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