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Old 10-20-2011, 02:04 PM
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Question What filter was used on the background?

I found an after effect that I like, but I am not sure how to replicate it. It reminds me of an old time filter used on film cameras, but I can't recall what it was called.

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Old 10-20-2011, 02:36 PM
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Re: What filter was used on the background?

are you talking about the light leaks effects on the edges?
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:03 PM
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Re: What filter was used on the background?

Yes, the way the background now looks like highlighted circlular images all bunched together.
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:17 PM
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Re: What filter was used on the background?

Sorry, I like the light leaks but was more interested how the background was manipulated to have a dreamy spherical look to it. Mosaic with a blur???? I seem to remember from my film years a filter much like the star filter that could be used to do this.
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Re: What filter was used on the background?

oh, the background is not a filter, it is an effect called bokeh...

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In photography, bokeh (Originally /ˈboʊkɛ/,[1] /ˈboʊkeɪ/ boh-kay, and also sometimes heard as /ˈboʊkə/ boh-kə,[2] Japanese: [boke]) is the blur,[3][4] or the aesthetic quality of the blur,[5][6][7] in out-of-focus areas of an image, or "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light."[8] Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting—"good" and "bad" bokeh, respectively.[3] Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions.
Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas.[3] However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.
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Re: What filter was used on the background?

Great!!! Do you know of any good actions for this effect?
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Re: What filter was used on the background?

not sure it is possible to be done in post, even if you extract your main subject from the background and then apply a selective blur to the bg, you would still not get the circular effect aberration thing-y... maybe someone else knows a trick or two...
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Re: What filter was used on the background?

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I found an after effect that I like, but I am not sure how to replicate it. It reminds me of an old time filter used on film cameras, but I can't recall what it was called.

Any ideas??
It's likely not a filter but a lens with a long focal length, opened to a wide aperture, and placed close to the subject with the background many feet behind the subject, and lots of ambient light. It's all optics.
Regards, Murray
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Re: What filter was used on the background?

however you can still create such an effect with a filter like boken by alien skin or with filters like topaz lens effects.
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Re: What filter was used on the background?

you can find boken textures on websites and add it on your photos with the right blending mode and opacity . Cheers!
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