I joined a photo group called Nicolesy, last year. This is a local Oregon photographer I found several years ago and had been following. For the year 2022 she has decided to do a photo challenge of 52 subjects. One for each week of the year. I love these kinds of challenges and you know, I am in. This week is Bokeh.
A description from Wikipedia
In photography, bokeh (/ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə or BOH-kay; Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in out-of-focus parts of an image. Bokeh has also been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”. Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause very different bokeh effects. Some lens designs blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce distracting or unpleasant blurring (“good” and “bad” bokeh, respectively). Photographers may deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions, accentuating their lens’s bokeh.
So for day One 1-03-2022
Bokeh is not something I really think about. I do think about shallow depth of field and usually use it when I am photographing flowers or leaves. But I rarely go out and decide to photograph it.
The first day it was dark outside, with a rain/snow mix that quickly changed to heavy snow. I had decided that I would use the dining table on the back deck, since it is protected from the weather and has a lot of light. But what to photograph? I spotted the vintage Economy canning jar, and the brightly colored pinwheels. Ahh those will work. After 3 or 4 trips outside and 99 photographs later , I got my shots.
The combination of the large jar and the ball of jute intrigued me though. and I decided to photograph it again another day.
The next day we had 10 inches of new snow on the ground
And I found myself shoveling out…
Then the rain came back for the next couple days and the snow is nearly gone.
I still had the idea to rephotograph the vintage canning jar and that ball of jute so… I grabbed the camera… The sun is trying to shine.
For day Two 1-07- 2022
I brought the jar out and a few other vintage canning jars and played. This image was posted on the challenge. I can’t however take just one photo, after 100 shots, I took several I was happy with. Though most of them didn’t follow Bokeh, aww well the point was to get back into creative photography.
I call this, grandmas canning jars. The square coffee jar is probably the youngest dating from the 30’s to the early 60’s.
of course, as I get into this, more things come out, the coffee jar really needed coffee beans, and my cup of coffee had to be included.
I used this effort to work on what light I was shooting under and frequently changed the settings on my camera, from full sun to shade. Depending on whether I wanted the warm look or the cool look.
After I brought everything in for the day, and put the camera on the desk, the ball of Jute called. The sun had moved casting more light and shadows on the table and I can’t resist trying for another shot at Bokeh
So the week is now over, and tomorrow is a new challenge subject. I can’t wait.