2009 Challenge, Day 178: BOKEH

Today is Saturday, June 27, 2009. Today’s theme for the 2009 Challenge is BOKEH.

Ferris wheel at night by kevindooley

"Ferris wheel at night" by kevindooley

Bokeh is the pleasant out of focus effect caused by shooting with a wide aperture. As your aperture increases, the depth of field decreases. If you open the lens wide and focus on something in the foreground, the background will be out of focus in a distinct pattern. Depending on the way the lens is made, lights may appear as fuzzy globes or fuzzy pentagons. You can even shape the bokeh by placing a cut out shape directly in front of the lens.

Today’s challenge may give you the chance to learn something new about your camera, or to experiment with shooting with a large aperture. Let’s see what you can do with what you’ve got!

hbw | happy (custom) bokeh wednesday by Adam Foster | Codefor

"hbw | happy (custom) bokeh wednesday" by Adam Foster | Codefor

Once you’re ready to submit your work to Flickr, you’ve got to do two important things. First, make sure you tag your photos correctly; “2009challenge″ and “2009challenge178“. Also, if you haven’t already, join the PhotoChallenge group on Flickr. Then, submit each day’s photo to the group’s pool.

bokehpalooza by Robert S. Donovan

"bokehpalooza" by Robert S. Donovan

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About Steve Troletti

I'm a Location Scout, Editorial, Nature, Wildlife and Environmental Photographer based in Malibu, California. I specialize in Nature and Urban Nature photography including Infrared Landscapes. The Bulk of my work takes place in the Los Angeles, California area, Greater Montreal Region, Canada, Switzerland, France and Varese in Northern Italy. Ethical wildlife photography is the main priority and focus of my work. A minimum disturbance of the animals, their habitat and the environment is my top priority. This applies as much to total wilderness areas as it does to urban nature environments. Ongoing education of environmental issues and building awareness for the protection of wildlife and wilderness areas around the world is what drives me to document the beauty that surrounds us.