A Little After Christmas Bokeh

December 29, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas; we are actually having two this year! D and I had a nice quiet Christmas day around here just the two of us. Santa brought lots of gifts from slippers and coffee mugs that look like Canon Lenses to Bonsi trees and a Wacom tablet!
 

Christmas number two will happen New Year’s when the kids will be able to make a short visit home. I’m thinking homemade chicken noodles will be on the menu; that sounds good with this cold weather we’ve been having these past few days.
 

0.6 sec – f/6.3 – ISO 400 – 50 mm – room lights off – scene lit by the lights on the tree with extra light on the mittens coming from a flashlight app on my cell phone – camera mounted on a tripod
 

In-between our two Christmases I decided it was time to get a shot or two of the tree and had some fun playing around with a little after Christmas bokeh.
 

What’s bokeh you ask? Well I’m glad you asked that!

The word Bokeh comes from the Japanese word Boke which means haze or blur. It is also used in the sense of a mental haze or senility which I guess could also apply to just about all of us after a busy holiday season!
 

1/4 sec – f/4 – ISO 400 – 50 mm – room lights off – scene lit by the lights on the tree with extra light on the mittens coming from a flashlight app on my cell phone – camera mounted on a tripod
 

However in this case our bokeh refers to those out-of-focus areas in an image with a shallow depth of field. In particular the blur of highlights such as Christmas lights or dew glistening on spring flowers.  It appears as circles or near circles in the soft unsharp areas in the background of an image that has been taken with a fairly wide aperture.
 

1/20 sec – f/1.8 – ISO 400 – 50 mm – room lights off – scene lit by the lights on the tree with extra light on the mittens coming from a flashlight app on my cell phone – camera mounted on a tripod
 

These shots of one of the homemade ornaments from our tree were all taken with slightly different settings and show just how that aperture effects both the depth of field and the shape of the bokeh. I’ve added the settings of each image to the caption for you to check out.

Did you capture a little Christmas bokeh this year?
 


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