Saturday, November 26, 2011

sunday stills: Bokeh







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Sunday Stills-Bokeh (November 27th)
Posted in Sunday Stills, Sunday Stills Challenge of the Week on November 20, 2011 by Linda

This weeks Sunday Stills challenge comes from Trapper Creek Daughter. She’s taken some amazing photographs and has a very well written tutorial on moon shots. Here’s the next challenge;
I recently joined a Flickr group dedicated to bokeh and while I was going through the archives looking for some candidates to submit, I got the idea for the challenge.
From Wiki: “Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.” Bokeh is not just for DSLRs with fast lenses. While bokeh is easiest to create with a DSLR due to their larger sensors, it is not impossible to do with a point & shoot.
Bokeh is created in one of two ways. A short focal length between the camera and the subject and wide aperture (small number, i.e. f/2.8 if your lens will open that wide) while keeping the background as far away as possible. A long focal length between the camera and subject, and the widest corresponding focal length while still keeping the distance between the subject and background as large as possible. A longer focal length will increase the depth of field – a larger focus plain – so the background would have to be farther away than with short focal lengths, otherwise it will all be in focus!Bokeh generally falls into two main categories: Hollywood style and cream cheese. Here are some examples of each:
Hollywood style;

Sorry Ed,
I have done a Bokeh challenge before, but I am still as clueless as before. So I interprete it as focus on your subject, and your surrounding is very blurred.

15 comments:

Sarawakiana@2 said...

I am still "blur"...that's the usual Malaysian answer for the truth "I am sorry I have no idea..." or \"I don't know."

Very interesting. Thanks. Another lesson in photography.

chloephotography said...

Hey Ann,
try this, it might help you
take a photo of a leaf on a tree, closest to the ground, shoot upwards
this should create enough depth of field to make bokeh
it helps if there's plenty of light behind your subject

Ginny said...

Gosh, what are those fuzzy flowers that have bright blue blooms? So unusual and pretty. I have to say I am looking at the foreground, not the background, because they are so pretty and I have not seen any like them!

Ed said...

You did a great job, love that 3rd pic down..:-))

2browndawgs said...

Very nice pictures!

threecollie said...

Nice!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Your last picture definitely shows bokeh. Good job!

Paintsmh said...

I really like the one with the red drop flower in it.

Janice said...

I would say you did exactly what the challenge asked for. Very nice.

Linda said...

Very nice!

Just Ramblin' said...

These are very cool captures showing bokeh. : )

Firas said...

Amazing flowers :) Very beautiful :)

Shirley said...

I think you nailed it, especially on the last one. Very nice.

Trapper Creek Daughter said...

Cool flowers - you really nailed it on the last one; great job!

awarewriter said...

these are lovely ann.