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Fun with Bokeh

Bokeh fun with Isabel LaFrance template
Bokeh is the blurry unfocused shapes that appear in the background of a photo when you use a lens with a wide aperture like a 50 mm or macro lens that can stop down to 1.8 or so.   Christmas time is an excellent opportunity to play with this technique as most of us have holidays lights as a part of our indoor d├ęcor.    The Christmas tree was my light source yesterday afternoon as I played around with various items.   I used my macro lens for these pictures.   Later on this week I am planning on posting  another set of pictures that I took with my lensbaby and some disks that create shaped bokeh.  I hope that you check back to see.  I have to thank Isabel LaFrance for the mosaic template and Coffee Shop Rita for the sleighbells paper for the background.  

I will be joining Mary for Mosaic Monday.   See you there.   Valerie


eileeninmd said…
The bokeh looks beautiful in your photos. A fun and wonderful mosaic. Well done, have a wonderful week!
So pretty! I look forward to seeing more!
Beautiful Valerie...I have to learn how to do that!!
How interesting! I've never heard this explained but I was just looking at some outdoor light photos I took...and maybe this is what I'm seeing! Happy your mosaic! ♥
Snap said…
Fun holiday images! Love all the great color!
ellen b. said…
Beautiful bokeh! I'm going to have to experiment once I get my decorating started!
Hi Val
You've created a really neat effect. I enjoy seeing what you come up with each week.
I had no idea there was a term for the background bits! It is good to learn new things. Lovely and thank you for your visit.
Lorrie said…
I've seen a lot of beautiful bokeh around, but yours are really pretty. What fun. I'll have to explore how to do that.
Very cute!
Have a wonderful week,
Carol said…
What a fabulous technique, your shots are wonderful! Beautiful mosaic, I love it!
Marydon said…
Marvelous! I use Macro on my wee camera & then forget to turn it off & mess up the next round of fabulous photos I take ... ugh!

Merry Christmas
Pat said…
Beautiful mosaic Valerie. I love the bokeh effects. Christmas tree lights are wonderful for this and your bokeh is gorgeous.
Jill Harrison said…
wonderful bokeh in these shots!
You really are doing beautiful work with your experimenting with different techniques, textures etc.
I have only just put up my Christmas tree last night - maybe tonight I might have a play with bokeh too.
Have a wonderful week - have a lovely Christmas - take care - and thank you for stopping by my blog to say hi.
Pondside said…
It's interesting to see all the techniques you're learning. It's inspiring, but I'll need more than my Point and Shoot.
GrandmaK said…
Well done! The mosaic is lovely, but even more so when the background is call to my attention!!! Have a wonderful week! Cathy

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