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Old 05-01-2010, 09:14 PM
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Default *closed & winner announced* May photo challenge - "bokeh" shallow depth of field

This month's challenge is all about shallow depth of field or bokeh - Wiki says, "Bokeh" (derived from Japanese meaning "blur" or "haze") is a photographic term referring to the aesthetic quality of the out-of-focus areas of an image produced by a camera lens using a shallow depth of field.

This is what I am NOT looking for as this photo I consider to have a very large/deep DOF = depth of field. ie. the background behind my DD is quite expansive.



I went through my files and I consider this shot below to have "bokeh" a shallow depth of field and this is the kind of photo we are after this month.



So are you all still with me? Can you see the difference? I hope so. I am guilty of always trying to get a really big DOF for effect. I think it would take more finesse to work with a shallow one. Let's give it a try!

There is an abundance of Flickr groups where you can to to for inspiration

http://www.flickr.com/search/groups/...depth+of+field

And if you would still like some more direction here are a couple of links to tutorials - depending on the camera you use - to help

DSL tutorial

http://www.robertsdonovan.com/?p=702

pocket camera tutorial

http://www.robertsdonovan.com/?p=727

There will be a random drawn prize for one lucky winner!!! And the incredibly artistic Nina Scraps is the designer providing our coupon this month! Thank you so much Nina! Jump in girls for a chance at this prize!

If you are feeling creative and want to make a layout with your photo and add it to this thread, that warrants extra credit of a second entry into the prize drawing. But please remember to use 80% Oscraps goodies!

Please post a link to your photo (and layout for second credit!) here in this thread by Midnight (E.S.T.) May 31st to be counted in the drawing for the prize!


Be sure to post your pages in the CAMERA CORNER GALLERY so we can leave each other some love.

Thanks for sticking with my involved explanation and HAVE FUN!

Don't be shy and give it a try!
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Old 05-01-2010, 09:16 PM
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And take a look at these fab examples from the girls here on the O Team:

Sara:


Kitty:


Kat:
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oh wow! another fantastic challenge Helen!! gotta try this one!! and FANTASTIC photos ladies!!!!
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:25 AM
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Awesome challenge - how many photo examples do you want?!


Actually, I'm going to challenge myself to using new photos only as I have hundreds that would fit this category.

Shame it's bucketing down with rain, guess I'll have to play on my computer instead right now - back later, hopefully, with some shots.
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Old 05-02-2010, 01:27 AM
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Oooooh ... wonderful challenge this month Helen ... I usually shoot in aperture priority or macro mode to get a shallow DOF ... but I think I may try venturing into MANUAL mode for this challenge!!!
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Old 05-02-2010, 04:12 AM
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the things you learn on here , I'd never heard of the word .
is this something like it?? (no rule of 3rd there as you can see I just wanted to concentrate on the flower itself)

must go and study that tutorial oef do I really need to get away from auto ? eeks...



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the sun was good (for about 5 minutes 2 days ago!)

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Absolutely love this challenge Helen and I can not wait to play!!!!

I actually WROTE this one on my TO DO list for next week!!!
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love this challenge- can't wait to play!
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