One photographer has been creating dreamy pictures thanks to modifying a vintage lens in order to create “magic bokeh.”
Alireza Rostami of Iran has been experimenting in altering gear for years. He has since discovered that reversing one of the elements inside a lens can create a rather unique effect.
“I am a researcher in the field of photography lenses from Iran, and my country doesn’t have the technology for manufacturing cameras and lenses,” he told PetaPixel. “I’m motivated to research and discover this technology, so I began studying and collecting information about the history of photographic lenses and, consequently, the use of reverse engineering for camera and lens autopsy.”
Having discovered the camera brand Zenit, Rostami purchased their MC Zenitar 50mm f/2, a relatively cheap lens that retails for around $70, and began customizing it. The series of images that you see here were taken with that very lens, attached to his Canon 6D DSLR with the help of a M42-to-EF mount adapter. The result is a deeply shallow depth of field which, as demonstrated, seems to complement nature and flower photography well. Check out the video below for more on how he did it.
All images used with permission.