Category Archives: Holidays 2015 – 2016

Welcome To 2016!

Wow. These last few months have been so busy that 2016 just slide right in there and surprised us all.

Can you believe it’s the start of a brand new year again already?

The other day I was thinking that I needed to work on a few personal photo projects this year. You know the type; things to keep you shooting even when you have nothing scheduled, projects to improve skills, projects to expand creativity… things like that.

So I sat down and made a list of project ideas starting with a “Monthly Photo Theme” project. The idea for this is that each month there is a different theme and you attempt to shoot as  many photos that fit that theme as you can. There’s no set number of images to create, no particular time of day to shoot, and it doesn’t require you to work on it every day although you could if you so choose.

I listed all 12 months of 2016 and randomly filled in a theme for each month. My list now looks like this:

January – Minimalistic
February – Black and White
March – Macro
April – Doors
May – Color Explosion
June – Isolated Objects
July – Childhood
August – Nature
September – Foods
October – Sunsets
November – Aged
December – Blue

Some of the other project ideas I have added to the ol’ notebook for 2016 include:

  • A Day In The Life Of An Old Dog [featuring our good ol’ Bella Dog]
  • 10 on 10 [selectively shooting 10 images on the 10th day of the month]
  • One Week One Lens [shooting with only one lens for an entire week]
  • A short Drive and 100 Steps [parking the car after a short drive and taking 100 steps then creating as many images as you can from that one spot]
  • In Camera Abstracts [shooting abstract images such as extreme close ups of details, lens zooms, light trails…]
  • 52 Saturday Nights [taking one photo each Saturday night that in someway illustrates the week]
  • Shoot A Rainbow [taking one image for each color of the rainbow]
  • A-Z Challenge [taking one image for each letter of the alphabet]

I have no idea how many of these projects I’ll actually get done this year. But I’d like to tackle them all!

Wish me luck… and… welcome to 2016. May it be a wonderful year for us all.

 

A Little After Christmas Bokeh

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas; we are actually having two this year! D and I had a nice quiet Christmas day around here just the two of us. Santa brought lots of gifts from slippers and coffee mugs that look like Canon Lenses to Bonsi trees and a Wacom tablet!

Christmas number two will happen New Year’s when the kids will be able to make a short visit home. I’m thinking homemade chicken noodles will be on the menu; that sounds good with this cold weather we’ve been having these past few days.

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0.6 sec – f/6.3 – ISO 400 – 50 mm – room lights off – scene lit by the lights on the tree with extra light on the mittens coming from a flashlight app on my cell phone – camera mounted on a tripod

In-between our two Christmases I decided it was time to get a shot or two of the tree and had some fun playing around with a little after Christmas bokeh.

What’s bokeh you ask? Well I’m glad you asked that!

The word Bokeh comes from the Japanese word Boke which means haze or blur. It is also used in the sense of a mental haze or senility which I guess could also apply to just about all of us after a busy holiday season!

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1/4 sec – f/4 – ISO 400 – 50 mm – room lights off – scene lit by the lights on the tree with extra light on the mittens coming from a flashlight app on my cell phone – camera mounted on a tripod

However in this case our bokeh refers to those out-of-focus areas in an image with a shallow depth of field. In particular the blur of highlights such as Christmas lights or dew glistening on spring flowers.  It appears as circles or near circles in the soft unsharp areas in the background of an image that has been taken with a fairly wide aperture.

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1/20 sec – f/1.8 – ISO 400 – 50 mm – room lights off – scene lit by the lights on the tree with extra light on the mittens coming from a flashlight app on my cell phone – camera mounted on a tripod

These shots of one of the homemade ornaments from our tree were all taken with slightly different settings and show just how that aperture effects both the depth of field and the shape of the bokeh. I’ve added the settings of each image to the caption for you to check out.

Did you capture a little Christmas bokeh this year? If so feel free to share a link in the comments!