This is my submission for XDrive Photography Learning – 20 – Bokeh.
Bokeh means blur. It was the first thing I learned when I became serious in photographing several years ago. I learned that to blur the background, I should shoot in aperture mode with F4.5 (I believe, F4.5 was the maximum aperture I could get with my equipment back then.) I didn’t know ISO, shutter speed… Using aperture mode and F4.5 , whenever I needed to, made me happy enough. A blurring background makes my subject stand out, and I like that a lot.
I haven’t given bokeh a lot of thoughts until I read Raj’s lesson. While working on the assignment, I found out it could be used to create surprises. For example, in the following photo, my instant reaction was to blur the candle. After taking several blurring-candle photos, I wondered what if I focused on the candle instead, and I was surprised how much I like that little twist.
Once in a while I caught some bokeh highlights in my photo, but I’ve never figured out how to recreate them. After carefully reading Raj’s lesson for a couple of times, I realized that as long as I didn’t focus on the lights, I would get the effect I wanted. 😉
Then I remembered one blogger had posted an article on creating a custom bokeh (I believe it was Kelly, but if I am wrong… 😉 I was anxious to try, but later totally forgot about it.
I made a small heart-shape hole on a piece of black paper and held the paper right in front of the lens to create the following photo.
I had so much fun. Thank you, Raj, for another great lesson.
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