Monday, 24 October 2011


As my second job (I actually have 3) I work as a projectionist and over the last few weeks I have been watching the sight I work at being converted from 35 mm to digital. I'm conflicted over the change just like I was when photography went digital. Call me old school but I love film, the texture the quality and the authentic cinema experience which might have included a few scratch marks and cigarette burns.

The digital image is amazing but computers have now almost completely taken over my job. No more lacing up the film and walking around to check tempramental projectors because now it is all at your finger tips from one central computer. I can now control the lighting states, the temperature, the curtains, the sound and the ratio. I guess I will have to start going to the gym more often.

A few images that capture my beloved 35 mm and the projectors that ran it.


After searching the internet for inspiration I came across this technique called "bokeh".

BOKEH: The origin of the term is from the Japanese word “romaji” (english characters) is spelled “boke” (pronounced bo-keh) and which means “fuzzy”. For good Bokeh, ideally points and lines would blur smoothly as they fell out of focus, in the manner, for example, of a smooth Gaussian blurring.

and me being the nerd that I am decided to make a few custom bokeh and go out to the steet and try them. There are some amazing tutorials on the internet which teach you how to make your own and create the effect. Heres what I can up with for my first attempt.