Canon xsi 50mm - 1/60 f1.8 ISO 800There is a talented dog photographer I creep; Scruffy Dog Photography! Each week I wait with anticipation for her blog posts. I get to see glimpses of her photo shoots done for her clients - I find her work so inspirational. The Scruffy Dog photographer sets up a lot of shots using sunlight to paint a unique background canvas for her canine subjects.
Bokeh. I love you.
I am a very green, hobby photographer that is currently in the infancy, discovery stage of photography. I find myself still a bit fuzzy (pun intended) on separating where "depth of field" blurry background ends and bokeh technique begins.
*Sigh* it's confusing. Best to take a look at this FlickR group, bokeh discussion. But if you want the detailed, whole scoop, jump into the article "What is Bokeh" by Ken Rockwell.
We are in the smack of winter now, with chilling temperatures. I am not too keen on trekking outdoors to photograph my dogs. So instead the Christmas tree lights and a treasured clay Santa made by my daughter in grade 5, provided my canvas and props to work and learn with. I tried to follow the advice in the article 7 Great Tips To Create Bohek. I have a long way to go - my edges on the lights are too harsh. I'm going to continue to experiment and will post a better bokeh if I capture it later.
What's next? The FlickR discussion group may not approve, but I am excited to try my hand at making homemade cut out lens shapes like DIY Photography illustrates. It might be gimmicky and bad bokeh but it sure looks fun!