Lisa Leonard Designs

heart filter/special effects

February 1st | photography



i made a really fancy filter for my nikon 18-105 lens

with blue construction paper and scotch tape.

i found a tutorial here on how to create heart shaped ‘bokeh’ (out of focus light).

my first attempts didn’t work at all, but i had lots of fun

and i like the results.

picture me…

on my front lawn, 9 o’clock at night, my camera set to 200 ISO

spinning in circles to create streams of light.



then i used duo tones in picnik to play with the image.

i’ll keep practicing.  the process is fun.

* * *

david is scheduled for a sedated ct scan at 11am monday morning.

we are staying in a hotel near the hospital munching on pizza and trying to get the boys to sleep.

i got a really good nights sleep last night and david’s been in great spirits.

i’ll update the blog as soon as we have info

and you can follow me on twitter, too.

thank you for your sweet words and prayers!

28 Responses

  1. rani says:

    Glad to hear David is feeling better! Love the fancy new filter you made!!!! Going to have to try this! Keeping you all in my thoughts!

  2. Kristi F says:

    Hope all goes very well on Monday.

  3. Kathy says:

    Prayers for David, I hope everything goes well and you find answers.((Hugs))

  4. laurie eller says:

    i pray all goes well. :) what a little trooper is he. just the cutest face. you could eat him. :)

  5. shana says:

    praying it goes well (for all of you!) this morning!

  6. Jenny says:

    This is reminding me of when we stayed in a hotel near CHLA for Bella’s surgery – munching on pizza and trying to be quiet while she’s sleeping. :-) Our prayers are with you…

  7. Gina says:

    happy thought’s going out to you and david this morning !!!

  8. Leslie says:

    Hoping all goes well today at the doctors, that you find your answers and David continues to feel good!

  9. kerry says:

    Thinking of you guys again today.
    Love the love photos!

  10. beth says:

    thinking of you…..both of you……

  11. Shana says:

    Prayers are with all of you…from my heart. You are an incredible woman and mother!

  12. beth says:

    praying for your sweet little boy. I am so sorry you are having to go through this. I hope I can handle things with as much grace as you. Great filter 😉

  13. Your fancy filter is really cool, you’re soo inventive. Congrats

  14. Jan says:

    I love your heart filter, and can’t wait to try it. Best wishes to David.

  15. Tiffany says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Continuing to believe that all will go well with David in the coming weeks. Blessing your travels, your sweet momma heart, the doctors and all that needs to be taken care will be!


  16. Jaime says:

    Thinking of you and your sweet babe. xo

  17. Gussy says:

    pinhole cameras rock! I made a few back in college — i’m a photo major :)

    fun stuff! love your constant need for creativity!

  18. I love these images! Very inspiring! I love all of your work and I especially love the necklaces with the birds and bird cages…stunning! I actually found you here and saw that I could enter to win the monogram necklace. It’s gorgeous! I am a little unsure where I am to leave the comment and hope this is correct. I will keep my fingers crossed :)

  19. DebbieR says:

    Blessings to you and your family…may the warmth of light surround and comfort you all during this time.

    Silly question on another topic. Did you make the little eye band that Matty wears with his cape or did you purchase it? It is so cute.

  20. Bridget says:

    We’re sending you all our healthy thoughts and wishes. Hoping David is back soon!
    Room 23

  21. Kristie says:

    I hope all goes well with your son. Also, I love the heart filter effect, very clever.

  22. Suzanne says:

    I am a huge fan of your creativity with photography. When I began my studies in photography I tried using lots of different techniques with hearts and shapes. I used a 35mm and did all my work in a dark room so the techniques are a bit different in using digital, which I need to learn. I am so inspired how you are learning this all on your own and your photography skills are just gorgeous.

    Also, I have been following what you have been going through with your little boy. He is so precious and I am sending lots of good thoughts and white light to surround him and your family.

  23. Krista says:

    Your photography is breath taking, I love all the creativity you do! Your jewelry is fantastic, I will be sharing the site and dropping hints for upcoming holidays!

    my family also offers our thoughts and prayers that your son gets the help he needs and quickly! he is a cutie and looks like he is full of life.

  24. jenjen says:

    Lisa —
    Thinking of you and hoping that things went well today! Sending you hugs.


  25. abby says:

    Thinking of you and your family today. :)

    p.s. Love your little heart filter.

  26. […] i took the picture on the left through my rainy windshield with my heart filter. […]

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