Day 20 – Bokeh

Before I actually knew what bokeh was, I knew I liked it, and it’s one of the reasons I love photography so much.

Thanks to my dad – who loaned me his film SLR and taught me what I needed to know about shutter speeds and aperture – I was immediately taken with shooting images using a shallow depth of field. It’s no wonder my favourite lens is my 50mm f/1.4.

So I know how to create bokeh in my images, but I just learned tonight (thanks Wiki!) that the term actually comes from the Japanese word boke (暈け or ボケ), which means “blur” or “haze”, or boke-aji (ボケ味), the “blur quality”.

(Thanks again to my dining room chandelier for being such a great prop.)

Random bokeh images like the few above are fun but it’s even better when you can incorporate bokeh into images where something – or someone – is in focus in the foreground. Can you ‘catch the bokeh’ in any of these images?

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Day 16 – Long Exposure

Bustling barista in the local Starbucks tonight. Exposure: 1/8 sec @ f/8.0

The way I see it, long exposure is used:

1) in really low light situations when you need to keep the shutter open longer to let in as much light as possible. (Nothing to show for this one folks ’cause my camera had long been packed up by the time the sun went down tonight.)

2) to show movement in an image.

3) to create blur for some artistic purpose – intentional or not.

I was attempting to get a shot of T spinning on this blue playground thingy and ended up keeping the shot because of the ghost-like figure of the girl on the right. Exposure: 1/5 sec @ f/22

Something about the colours and the way they look almost feather-like on the contrasting white background made me keep this one. It’s my “it-didn’t-work-out-so-I’ll-call-it-artistic-shot”. Argonaut Rowing Club, Toronto. Exposure: 1/4 sec @ f/22

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