Monday, February 14, 2011

Bokeh Party

I am happy to join Tracy at her blog Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures for a bokeh party.   Bokeh is the blurring you see in photography while the main subject is focused on.  I have been taking a lot of photos with bokeh lately.  Tell me if you like it or you feel like you need to reach for some reading glasses.  

Does it bother you to have so much of a photo blurry?  My husband saw the second picture on my blog this weekend and he said I need to make some photos normal.  I understood what he meant.  These photos were taken with a inexpensive macro lens that goes with my Cannon Eos Rebel.  

 This, and the next few pictures are just using the camera on it's close-up setting.

This is what I thought bokeh was, just points of light that were out of focus and blurred.  But, joining Tracy's party was great because it made me realize the other photos also are considered examples of bokeh.  Tracy you taught me something.  This is why I love joining you guys on blog parties.  There are so many helpful and talented people on blogs.
What do you think?  Do you like the effect of bokeh or are some pictures just too blurry?

23 comments:

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures/Treasured Moments said...

You know I am a fan of Bokeh! My favorite shot is the one of the roses with the clock blurred in the background, but they are all good! Thank you so much for joining.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I like the look, I just had no idea what it was called. I get that look sometimes with a macro shot, but my point and shoot doesn't capture it often. I think the photos are beautiful that way. I don't think I'd like it if they were of people...not sure.

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

I am a Bokeh fan...Actually I am thrilled Tracy challenged me to explore how to get the effect using my camera settings v's doing it in my post editing...Must quicker and will be able to put it to use in my doll photography in the future...

All your examples are just lovely, thanx for sharing

Blessings Kelsie

Chrissy said...

I like the bokeh, but I understand what you are saying about too much blurr, maybe. They are all very beautiful photos :) Keep snapping away.
Happy Valentine's Day

Shirley said...

I'm liking it...very much..I cant wait for two thinks to happen soon in my life..A new camera and new eye glasses...but these are beautiful..I love them all. I think I'm also open to all sort of photography..
Happy Valentine's Day,
Yours Sincerely,
Shirley

Olga said...

I like all these pictures, but especially the last one!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

You take fantastic shots no matter what Sherry! I love the dishes..that looks cool!

Victoria said...

I think they all look great and not too blurry at all. I like the blurry background because you focus on the main piece. Are you taking these strictly with your camera setting or altering them? I always fix mine in Picnik but I know a lot of people use Picasa also.

Vicki said...

I have a Cannon Rebel too. I have not purchased a macro lens but it is high on the list. I do like how easy it is on our cameras to switch to AV mode and adjust the aperture. Great shots here. Just beautiful.

Lori said...

You pool it off well!

Home for 6 said...

they look great. I still don't get how to do it on my camera..very techie challenged here. so gonna get tutorial this weekend from hubby.
tammy

ChRiS said...

there all great pic's i am such a flower lover that i think the black eye susan pic is my favorite

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

You have some wonderful photos!!! I think I like the spider photo the most...its just fun!!!

Msartist said...

Sherry lovely photography. I love Bokeh and am just getting into altering some of my photography. Love this and your Valentines post!
~Theresa

Honey at 2805 said...

All of your shorts are absolutely beautiful! Love the spider and the roses in front of the clock. I'm really behind the curve, but gave it a shot.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Sherry!
I find that many of my macro photos come out with a bokeh element so I'm glad they are supposed to look that way. I think a whole blog full of bokeh picture mightcaue a little eye strain but as an accent photo here and there they look beautiful and artistic.

Angela said...

I think it is really pretty. I like the pictures very much. I wish I could take some as lovely.

Bella said...

Hi Sherry,
Great shots! I LOVE the roses by the clock, gorgeous!! The light and the spider.. so cool!
Bella

Pat said...

Gorgeous Bokeh, Sherry!

ShantyGirl/SherryHicks said...

Thanks for the Rachel info on the whites!! I appreciate it and will get samples! The pictures are great my favorites being the outdoor ones with the closeup setting.
Sherry

Marianne said...

Sherry, I don't know anything about photography, but I do know what I like when I see it. Your photos are very nicely done. I especially like the effect of the lights and the spider, because to me, it looks as if the spider is weaving a mysterious web.

I suppose I can relate to what your husband meant on the 4th photo of the post(the tray w/ cup and gifts). Your focus was the gift boxes, but for some reason my eyes wanted to take in more of that particular composition and couldn't because the blur was very prominent.

Having said that, I otherwise like what your doing with your photos. It's always fun to try things out. And it just proves that everything is relative. What one person sees in something, another person sees something else. So always do what's right for you, have fun with it, and you can't go wrong.

Great post,
Marianne

Maria said...

Lovely photos, Sherry!!
I also like the blur ones!!!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Great photos, Sherry! So glad the goodies arrived. I think my favorite pic is the little spider, great for Halloween chills!
xo,
Debra

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