2012 Photography Challenge- Bokeh

Hydrangea Bokeh

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!


Here are two photos for the Bokeh piece.  I am not sure if they qualify as I have never heard that term before, but based on your description – I think so. The first is from Ocean Beach in Winter (New London CT).  The other photo is from late Fall in Scarborough Maine.  They were taken with my Nikon but on automatic settings. ~Athena
Thought I would send this one while I had it handy. I am so enjoying your photo challenge. Thanks for doing it.  Notice the fly on the one leaf? ~Ann- Cabin Chatter / Crafting Tales










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

Our theme for next week is ‘Chaos’

The definition of Chaos is: A condition or place of great disorder or confusion, a disorderly mass or jumble.  Acronyms include: bedlam, mayhem, disorganization.
So our task next week is to consider the definition of chaos and then think about what we consider to be chaotic.  In all honesty the definition is different for everyone.   Need a couple photos to get you thinking?
So go grab that camera and show us some amazing shots!

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  • Brenda Williams March 5, 2012, 12:19 am

    These photos are great! I tried to do it with my point and shoot using the setting you told us about, but it just did not work. I must have been in the wrong light or something. I love this photo challenge on your blog.

    • Suzy March 5, 2012, 6:08 am

      Hi Brenda! Yes, the point and shoot camera will fight with you on this one. Seems that I can only get a good bokeh shot when I’m not trying. Ha! I think it has a lot to do with the lighting of the shot. Thanks so much for participating in the photo challenge!


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