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Enjoy a cup of bokeh!

You’ve been enjoying the tipple of my Flickr stream for most of the posts so far, I thought I’d forage a theme through other Flickr users (and bokeh lovers!).

Enjoy these bokehs, preferably with a glass in hand ;)

A Cup of Bokeh, please?
A Cup of Bokeh, please? by Shermeee

bokeh brew
bokeh brew by Robert S. Donovan

St. Bokeh
St. Bokeh by Schlüsselbein2007

O Pepsi
O Pepsi by Lel4nd

have some bokeh on me
have some bokeh on me by Robert S. Donovan

IMG_9565_6_7_tm-2
IMG_9565_6_7_tm-2 by Philgarlic

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Bokeh – Seeing Your World in a Different Light – 5 examples

DISCO

Canon 50mm lens | Exposure: 1/60 sec | Aperture: f/1.8 | ISO: 100

Threesome

Canon 50mm lens | Exposure: 1/125 sec | Aperture: f/1.8  | ISO: 400

Flickr bokeh

Canon 50mm lens | Exposure: 1/15 sec| Aperture: f/1.8 | ISO: 800

Solo

Canon 50mm lens | Exposure: 1/125 sec | Aperture: f/1.8 | ISO: 400

Sunset on the dashboard

Canon 50mm lens | Exposure: 1/125 sec | Aperture: f/1.8 | ISO: 400

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Food For Thought

With the myriad of food bloggers out there in cyber land, another aspect to tantalising writing is the use of tantalising images.   In respect to cooking, imagery online sits in the place of the other senses available when it comes to food, ie, ones that help discover inviting aromas, succulent (and almost sinful) tastes and the surprisingly delightful textures on ones palate. I’m no foodie, so let me demonstrate with a home cooked pizza.

Let’s say you’re making up two different styles of pizza. You want to show them both, but make it obvious to your readers which one you are referring to in your image. For instance, I’ve used shaved ham in my ‘recipe’ (lies, I don’t use recipes when making pizza, it’s whatever is in the fridge!).

Non-Bokeh Pizza =[

(Image shot with Canon 50mm prime lens – Aperture: f/22.0, Exposure: 2.5 seconds)

While your readers can see the shaved ham pizza in the foreground, the diced ham in the background provides distraction and possibly provide irrelevance to the paragraph your image relates to. Not exactly a major issue, but engaging the recipe to image can provide a nice touch to polish up a blog post.

Bokeh Pizza =]Oh look, it’s delicious shaved ham!

(Image shot with Canon 50mm prime lens – Aperture: f/1.8, Exposure: 1/50th of a second)

The use of bokeh in the kitchen can reduce visual clutter while focusing only on what is important to the message you want translated in your image. The shaved ham is the main focus, allowing readers to immediately savour the meaty goodness in one eyeful. The background pizza with diced ham is now out of the depth of field, rendering it as a blurred, bokeh pizza.

There are other uses of bokeh in the kitchen, particularly for amateur bloggers using your everyday kitchen. Sure, you could go to immense lengths to tidy up the background for your images, or why not use bokeh to clean up your kitchen? (Doesn’t work in real life, so don’t rid your cleaning products just yet).

Before:

Non-Kitchen Bokeh =[

I don’t want to show people my kettle, salt and pepper grinder, left-over oil from deep frying or a half used pasta packet!

(Image shot with Canon 50mm prime lens – Aperture: f/22, Exposure: 2 seconds)

After:

Kitchen bokeh =]

Tada!! Bokeh Kitchen Mess in an instant and claim some focus on your meaty goodness!

(Image shot with Canon 50mm prime lens – Aperture: f/1.8, Exposure: 1/80th of a second)

If you aren’t equipped with an SLR, I find the macro settings of a point and shoot camera to provide similar identifying details and focus, perhaps even more than an SLR using a prime lens due to the close up nature you will need to capture your tasty meals.

Happy blogging and snapping!

P

P.S – The pizzas were delicious =]

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The City At Night

I love the city of Sydney, especially at night. As cliché as it sounds, no matter where I am in the world, Sydney is always going to be the place I call home.

Last Friday, I wandered through the chill of an early spring evening with a friend who braved the cold to join me. Despite the chaos, traffic and bustling activity that usually occurs in cbd buildings, the bokeh effect gives each scene a very sombre and isolated feeling.

Ernst & Young.

Ernst & Young is my favourite corporate building in Sydney. It’s got an amazing architectural staircase that signifies for me, the beginning of the business end of CBD. Bright lights, symmetry, a plethora of lines. I’m hooked.

The rubbish truck at night

The night time rubbish crew, cleaning up when the working day is over.

Traffic to go

A night time traffic jam.

Hustle. Bustle. Silent, chaos. It’s always my home.

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Starting out

The thing I love about photography is it’s endless way at making new creative paths. I first found DIY bokeh photography through my friend who goes by the name Kay.Vee (check out her awesome photostream here) when she first published this:

LOL

I know. LOL.

So with some helpful guidance from her to DIYPhotography.net, I began making my own cut out shapes, and here’s how I went about it.

First up, you’ll need black cardboard. The darker the cardboard is best, to reduce the amount of light entering into the lens to help produce a sharper shape in the end. If you want to start this now, but don’t have cardboard, you can also use construction paper. It’s not as sturdy, but it does the job.

Materials needed to begin..

Trace around your lens. Essentially, bokeh works best when you use a lens with a large aperture as mentioned in a previous post. In my example, I’m using a Canon 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. If you’re finding tracing fiddly, and you’re using the same lens as me, try using a compass with a radius of about 3.5cm.

Insert tabs and cut out shape

After tracing the lens, make little tabs around the circle. I’ve used 5, you can put in how ever many you like. These tabs will be used in later steps. They don’t have to be perfect either.

Tracing and cut out complete

Cut out the circumference of the lens with the tabs attached, and you’re ready to start on a shape. It can be any shape you want (provided you can cut it out!), and the best size is a shape around 15mm. Decorative hole punchers are perfect, and can be found at any craft/scrapbooking store.

Smiley!

Try and get your shape in the centre as much as possible. I’m a little to the left here, but it’s not too late to readjust. Just have to redraw the shape prior to cutting.

Cut out the shape with a scalpel

Use a scalpel to cut out your shape, working slowly as to not tear the material. Keeping one fluid motion is best I have found, to prevent jagged edges appearing in your final shape

Woo, a shape!

Yay! So that’s the shape bit done, but you’ll need to make a base for the shape so it can fit snuggly on your lens. I’ve cut out some more cardboard (construction paper will also do) with a size of 4cm x 22cm. Measure the length and circumference of your lens to ensure a nice fit. I’ve got a cylinder that is an identical size to my lens to help me with the following steps. You don’t need one, but I found it easier to use.

Next step.. building the holding container

Use some sticky-tape to keep it together.

THE RING!

Fold the tabs and place the shape on top of the newly made ring. Use sticky tape to adhere the shape to the ring, and if you have any overhang, just tape that down too!

Folding the tabs back

Tape the tabs into place

Finally, you’re done! Place your newly created bokeh tube over your lens and start testing it out!

The super taped bokeh shaping tube!

Modelling the shape on the camera

Now this is the fun part! Start shooting. I like to place something in the foreground within the shallow depth of field, but as long as the lights in the background are blurred, you’re doing bokeh! (Boh-kay?)

Here’s a snap from this shape:

Why so serious??!

Hope this has been helpful! If you’ve created your own, post up your shot in the comments!

=]

Paula

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