Welcome back to the 2012 Photography Challenge! This week our theme was ‘Bokeh’. Bokeh refers to good quality, aesthetically pleasing blurring in the out-of-focus areas of a photograph. Oftentimes bokeh shows up as spherical highlights in the background of a photo caused by the camera lens. Sometimes bokeh is used to showcase the subject or in-focus item of the photo, and other times bokeh is actually the subject of the photo. See my post from last week for suggestions as to how to achieve this effect.
I have to tell you that I struggled with this one. I went so far as to print out the entire 200 page owners manual for my camera and played with it for days. I did manage to get a few shots that showed blurred bokeh, but I really wanted to get the orbs in the background.
Out of desperation, I checked my stash of photos from the past few months and actually found a couple of them that included good bokeh orbs in the background. This is a photo of my hydrangeas taken in the fall, as they were slowly fading for the winter. I was practicing the micro focus at the time and I’m thinking that might be the trick with my camera. So I present this as my best shot.
So how did you do?
Email your “Bokeh” photo submissions to me! Check out the Submission Guidelines. I will post your photos here along with any information that you would like to include. If you have a website, feel free to add a link to your site! I will be taking “Bokeh” submissions all week!
Our theme for next week is “Chaos”. See the information at the bottom of the post for details!
‘Orchid’ by Deepthi ~So you can see that I tried and you can tell the difference in each photo… I like this last pic coz I could take the photo for this Bokeh thing the way it has to be….I guess!!~ My Reflections, My Blog
These little guys kept us company one day while we were fishing in the Reflection Pond at the base of Amicalola Falls here in GA. Glad I could share them with you!~ Debi, Lithia Springs, GA
I took this image at the Clinton Arrows vs the Provine Rams high school football game in Clinton, Mississippi using my Canon 50d set at ISO 6400, 1/160 sec, f 2.8. ~ Karen- www.johanssonstudio.com
I took this picture in Nassau on our recent cruise. I know they are supposed to be “Pink” flamingos but they were actually orange. ~Lynda- Douglasville, GA