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Soft Effect by Double-Exposure = Cherry Blossom

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This is yet another attempt to create an effect of  “Fire-fly floating in the air”  like image in the

Cherry blossom photo.  I think, this technique is better than Vaseline on the fish-eye lens  🙂

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Cherry tree is the same one as before but after few days, it’s having more flowers.  

And the photography was done by double exposure with flashlight while changing the

focus and F-aperture.   (Hence, large halo of bokhe appeared around the center image.)

(Once, this technique was used by Minolta in their Portrait Mode by shifting the focus

during the exposure,  in order to give a soft effect )

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This photo was in fact the first attempt with primary lens  (Canon EF 20 mm F2.8) ——

The trouble in double exposure while changing the focus is = the size of images also change. 

Hence, the off-focused image radially spread out of focused image.  = To compensate this,

I used the Zoom Lens (Canon EF 24~70 mm F2.8) so that, top two (it’s the same photo but just

clopped) photos, focused image and off-focused image was not exactly the same focal length.

—– it’s a nightmarish operation = to remember the same size on the view-finder,  yet still

a devil wind blow the flowers off position etc etc.  😀  😀

So, it was a fun with a lots of unpredictable elements and human-error.   

Life is a fun in deed.   Ha ha ha  😀



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  1. bentehaarstad said, on April 8, 2013 at 18:39

    Very interesting effects, Yoshizen!

    • yoshizen said, on April 8, 2013 at 18:57

      Thank you Bente.
      May be I should use this a bit more subtle 🙂
      (This is an exaggerated technical demonstration 😀 )

  2. elenacaravela said, on April 8, 2013 at 20:48


    • yoshizen said, on April 8, 2013 at 21:09

      Yes, it’s true Elena.
      In fact I was thinking, this is much more like the luminous squids
      and jerry-fish in the sea which I saw once, than the flying Fire-fly.
      May be I should try again with another Cherry blossom in full bloom,
      with a bit more brighter sky. 🙂

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  4. jagan said, on April 11, 2013 at 08:24

    these pictures are super yoshisan.

    • yoshizen said, on April 11, 2013 at 08:34

      Thank you Jagan.
      It may not be a pretty photo, which people want to put on the wall.
      Though, at least it is pretty unusual view. 🙂

  5. Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on April 11, 2013 at 13:35

    Visually fascinating. I like it very much.

    • yoshizen said, on April 11, 2013 at 13:56

      Thank you Lemony.
      This effect is totally different from soft-focus lens or pinhole.
      Best thing is, it is perfectly controllable (except the wind may
      blow the subjects off the position 😀 )

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