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Seaside Sunset Bokeh Freebie Pack!

Hello and happy Tuesday! Lately Tuesdays have meant photography resources here on The Artisan Life, and today that trend continues with another bokeh freebie pack that I’m calling the “Seaside Sunset” bokeh pack. What does that mean? It means a combination of cute sea life shaped bokeh and some lovely colored bokeh I captured during Saturday’s sunset!

We went to a laid-back beach Saturday evening, mostly for the opportunity to use our hammock, but the light coming through the trees was so beautiful I had to start taking bokeh photos.

I don’t have a pulled-back photo of our complete hammocking situation, but I wish I did because it’s the perfect illustration of how you shouldn’t feel bad about yourself or your life based on someone else’s social media photos. It was a perfect evening on a peaceful beach (it’s on a military base, so there aren’t as many people). The sky was beautiful and everything was lovely…except the only place we could find to string our hammock was over a partially burned picnic table! If we didn’t position ourselves “just so” in the hammock, we were actually slightly sitting on the table! I just wanted to point this out because it is so easy to see someone else’s photos and feel like your experience somehow doesn’t measure up, but that’s silly. You never know when they’re actually trying not to bump into charred pieces of picnic table and not just swinging in the tropical breeze. 😉

As usual for outdoor bokeh, I captured these shots with my LensBaby Sweet50. It’s a kind of silly name, but a lovely lens. I know people replicate a similar effect by “free lensing,” but I’m not willing to expose my camera’s inner workings and sensor to sandy beaches! Here’s a preview of the colorful bokeh shots included in the freebie pack:

For the other shots, we worked indoors with Christmas lights and paper cut outs. Rose’s post on DIY shamrock bokeh is very informative if you want to learn how to take shaped bokeh photos! It’s also a really good read if you’re just curious about how it’s done. Our process is very similar to what Rose shows – the only differences are that my Silhouette Cameo allows me to cut whatever shapes/sizes I want without a punch and we typically use a tripod when shooting bokeh at home out of convenience. Here’s a preview of the cute sea creatures bokeh you’ll get in this pack:

They’re kind of silly, sure, but what’s the point of photography if you don’t have fun every once in a while?! Actually, they’re fun and useful for graphic design purposes, too, not just photo edits.

Like the heart overlays I shared last month, the black and white sea creature bokeh are very easy to use in “screen” blending mode. Screen will make the black vanish, leaving you with critters! To change the color, brightness, etc. of the creatures, create adjustment layers and “clip” them to the bokeh layer. A little bit confused? This video has you covered!

So where you can you get this freebie bokeh pack? Right here!


I really hope you enjoy this seaside sunset photographic bokeh pack!

Please let me know – what types of photography resources would you like to see more of? Are there any techniques you’ve seen me use that you’d like explained? Please let me know!

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  • Rose March 14, 2017, 10:05

    Such a fun idea! I know a lot of people think shape bokeh is silly, but it adds a creative touch for certain types of photography.

    (Thank you for the shout out, too!)

    • Natashalh March 14, 2017, 19:17

      There is nothing wrong with a dose of silly. =) And shaped bokeh is so much fun to create!

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