Transform an Ordinary Sink Filter into a Soft Focus Lens Filter

Photographer Nick Cool came up with one of the strangest pieces of do-it-yourself camera gear that we’ve seen so far this year. He took an ordinary stainless steel sink filter — yup, the thing that catches food at the bottom of kitchen sinks — drilled various-sized holes through it, and stuck it into a filter ring after taking out the glass. The resulting photographic sink filter takes soft focus photos with pretty strange-looking bokeh in the background. Changing the size of the holes drilled into the plate produces different bokeh styles.

You can find the step-by-step tutorial on the build over on DIYPhotography. There are also some more sample photographs over in this Flickr set by Cool.

How To Build A Soft Focus Filter From A Sink Drainer [DIYPhotography]

Image credits: DIY soft focus filter and DIY soft focus filter by Nick Cool

  • Samcornwell

    I recall another interesting and abstract way of adding effects to your photos using a custom made, non-standard filter. three different coloured strips applied across the face of the lens with enough space in between then adds a beautiful colour effect as long as the aperture is wide enough. Here’s a good example –

  • nickg

    Hardly strange, or original. Rodenstock have been making Imagon lenses since the 1930s; Mamiya produced a 150mm soft-focus lens using field stops for the RB67.

  • Matthew Neumann

    That is some ugly-ass bokeh.

  • Ygor DurĂ£es de Oliveira

    No, thanks, I won’t do this.

  • David Clark

    You beat me to it…. for years I used to mimick the shape of my Imagon 120mm aperture for the 80mm on my Hasselblad. I gave the folks at Lensbaby a “heads up” at one of their first trade shows – and they came up with blanks that you could drill….