Tiz Past The Season For The Lights to Still Be Out

So I thought I would have some fun with this week’s assignment.  I often shoot my photos using a shallow depth of field, blurring much of the picture field, so this was not something new for me.  What was new, however, was the use of “bokeh”, or the play on light entering the lens.  I’ve gotten lucky with some of these effects in the past, and have even intentionally done it with some of my sunset/sunrise pictures in the past when it catches my eye through the lens, but have never really thought as to why it was happening.  Now that I know about it, I guess, I wanted to play with it.

Here they are.  Plugged in a waiting in the piano room.


Lucky for me, my parent’s aren’t so great at putting things away…like the Christmas decorations for instance.  There were a few strings of lights just sitting around in the living room, so I thought I would put them to good, artistic use, and have some fun with them!


I started off with just one image that fit the bill of “out of focus”  copying the above image, but just blurring the focus — you have just enough information to be able to tell that you’re looking at Christmas lights, but can’t quite make out any of the details.  Then I moved on to what I call the “classic bokeh” that I’ve seen through my researching over the past week. I Love how playful and colorful the lights shine through the lens, leaving the viewer completely unaware of what the source was.  Then I thought I would go to something which was a little more familiar to me; shooting in a shallow depth of field.  I loved the effect when shooting the Christmas lights in the darkened room — you’re able to get a combination of a strong focus in part of the image, with the blurred portion of the image having that lovely bokeh effect.  I shot nearly all of the images at an f/5, which made achieving this effect in only a portion of the image very easy.  Check them out!

As for the business assignments, I guess I’ve made a little progress throughout the week, but still have some work to do.  I’ve done some research into businesses which feature local artists’ work on a monthly basis, and will be reaching out to them — tomorrow!  I promise!  I’m excited, and at the same time nervous, about this.  Hopefully they like my work, and I can get things going!  I’ll also be at a craft fair a week from today, so that will be another great way to spread the word that I’m “open for business”!  If you’re in the area, come see me (you can read about the info here).

Out of Focus

Finally!  I feel like I have this weeks challenge in the bag!  Out of focus is the theme for the photos, which could include anything from the entire image being out of focus, using a very shallow depth of field to have portions of the image blurred, or using bokeh.  Bokeh?  What is this magical photo word that I’ve seen all over the place and never bothered to look into?  Well, it simply means the blur in an image, either the entire photo or a portion.  When researching it, it seems that it is more specifically defined as the blurred effect of light entering the lens.  You can read up more about it here in an article from Nikon, which gives some good examples of both the play on light and different portions of objects as the image focal point.  Here are a couple of images that I’ve taken in the past that fit the criteria of “out of focus”, though I do plan to take more images this week!

As for the business challenge, the task this week is to start a blog….::looks around::…yes!  Done!  I have to admit, I did cheat a little by looking ahead at what the business tasks were going to be, but I’m glad I did.  This way I’ve had a way to document everything that I’ve been working on so far, and I wouldn’t feel the need to play catch up in posting the first three week’s work this week.  I suppose I can spend this week not only shooting photos, but catching up on the business tasks that I didn’t do from week 2 & 3.  I will reach out to photographers, and for last week, I will reach out to vendors!  I have a couple in mind already, so wish me luck!