Fiddle with Focus to Add Some Bokeh to Long Exposure Night Shots

Claus Thiim captured this beautiful image of fireworks showing both in-focus and out-of-focus burst of light. The trick is to capture most of the photograph while focused on the fireworks, and then throw the lens out of focus shortly before the shutter closes.

On a slightly related note, check out this crazy video of an entire fireworks display released in just one minute (something went wrong).

Image credit: Thunder in the Valley 2009 by iamclaus and used with permission

  • icie

    Looks like it has been layered with the use of a black card or similar technique as well. Definitely something to try in the upcoming festive season!

  • Asif

    Just wanted to share this set of mine from Flickr where I experimented with the similar technique.