Disney Coffee Cup Bokeh

One thing I really like about the online photography community is the willingness to share great photo ideas, tips for post processing, and software tutorials. Sure, some of the authors are trying to sell something by offering a cool tutorial or plug-in set for free, but most of the time, I find the content really helpful. I usually at least check out what it is they’re trying to sell.

Whether the tutorial is someone’s effort to get their work “out there”, or sell something, sometimes you run across something to try. In my case, I thought I’d try a coffee cup bokeh trick using just a few items: my trusty Nikon D5300, tripod, Disney coffee cup, and a string of lights. I’d seen this done a few times before, but seeing this again on Pinterest this week led me to do this again.

Disney Coffee Cup Bokeh (5 of 5).jpg
35 mm, ISO 125, f/1.8, 1/10 sec

The weather this week was terrific – until the weekend! I’d been wanting to shoot something, anything, but didn’t feel like getting out in the rain. Soon I’ll try that again. My  foray into shooting a rainy commute to work will have to wait until another post.

Nothing too tricky here – position the light string far enough behind the cup to get some nice bokeh, and make it look like the lights are coming from the cup. I shot this in a fairly dark room to add a late-night, comforting feel. Or tried to, anyway.

After shooting, I brought this into Lightroom, and really didn’t make any edits other than adding a little vignette. I also shot in manual mode (with Autofocus though!), because I’m trying to get away from Auto mode. I may never totally do that, but I want to get more of an idea how a shot will turn out before I start working on it in Lightroom or Photoshop, and the only way I know to do that effectively is to force myself to use Manual mode when I can.

I’ve seen this done with champagne flutes, wine glasses, you name it. Give it a try. It’s a great rainy day/evening project you can do with minimal setup and gear.

WDWeather & Trip Countdown App – Download on the App Store

My second app, WDWeather & Trip Countdown, is now available. The app does two things: it counts down the time in days, hours, minutes, and seconds to your trip to Walt Disney World, and also gives the extended weather forecast for the Walt Disney World Resort.


Just set your departure date and time, then hit start to get the countdown going. If you’re family is like ours, you’re asked many times how long until your trip starts. With WDWeather & Trip Countdown, you can give the countdown to your Walt Disney World trip any time you’d like. We always have fun counting down the days, and now, instead of having to keep a manual countdown, WDWeather & Trip Countdown does it for you.

Another cool feature is the timer background automatically switches between four watercolor images of the park icons:

  1. Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom
  2. Spaceship Earth in EPCOT
  3. Tower of Terror in Hollywood Studios
  4. Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

It’s also useful to know the weather forecast, and in this case, WDWeather & Trip Countdown gives you the weather forecast for the next nine days. Most people think it’s only hot and humid at Walt Disney World, but it does get cold. And on some days the temperatures can change greatly during the day, or from one day to the next. WDWeather & Trip Countdown gives the day’s forecast high and low temperatures.

I put WDWeather & Trip Countdown together hoping to help you plan for any weather surprises, and also be able to pack any extra layers you’d need. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for rain and different temperature ranges when you go to Walt Disney World.

To download, click here.



This is the countdown set screen:

iPhone 8 plus countdown set screen

The Magic Kingdom countdown screen:

iPhone 8 plus MK countdown screen

The EPCOT countdown screen:

iPhone 8 plus EP countdown screen

The Hollywood Studios countdown screen:

iPhone 8 plus HS countdown screen

The Animal Kingdom countdown screen:

iPhone 8 plus AK countdown screen

Last, but not least, the weather forecast screen:

iPhone 8 plus weather screen

Download on the App Store by going to iTunes and searching for WDWeather & Trip Countdown, or click the links on this page. Hopefully one day I’ll develop a version to run on Android devices.

To download, click here.

If you get it, please let me know what you think, and send suggestions for other apps!