Jump to content

Weekly Photography Challenge is BOKEH!


  • Please log in to reply
13 replies to this topic

#1 Peanut

Posted 17 December 2012 - 08:17 PM

This week's challenge is BOKEH, an effect that I love and have been having some fun with lately!  Here's some stunning examples of bokeh:

100 Beautiful Examples of Bokeh

As this week's challenge runs through to Christmas Eve which is when my family's biggest celebration is, I thought I'd choose the winner on Sunday evening if that is okay with everyone?

I look forward to seeing your entries!   xmas_cool.gif

The rules:
One photo per person which has been taken this week (starting TUESDAY). Everyone is welcome to join in. Competition will start Tuesday with submissions ending SUNDAY 23RD.

If you wish, please note your rating after your image:
Rating 1 Beginner (just got my camera)
Rating 2 Amateur (learning about settings)
Rating 3 Hobbyist (have a good grasp of the theory)
Rating 4 Semi Pro (improved well beyond when I started)
Rating 5 Pro/serious hobbyist (I'm well experienced and have been doing this for quite a while)

All images must be up by next SUNDAY at (9pm EDST, 8pm EST, 7.30pm CST, 6pm WST) for inclusion.

Remember the EB rules state images within posts must be smaller than 500 (wide) x 470 (high) pixels and 100kb.

Challenge history for the winner:

Christmas - Peanut
Food - rbat
Portrait - elle-M
Macro/close up - ILBB
Rule of Thirds - mummy26
Vanishing point - rbat
Patterns in nature - Jupiter123
Fun - Silverwattle
Seven - mummy26
Texture - ILBB
At Home - elle-M
Nostalgia - rbat
Reflection - Bryden
Half - Nut
Spring - millie71
Antique - elle-M
Tells a story - Ev
Postcard - raven74
Favourite things - winkwink
Long exposure - rbat
Wings - silverwattle
Sweet - rbat
Light - Skepticaemia
Wild - Mecurial
Moody - BeagleBoy
In the eye of the beholder - cat
Symmetry - JamieLee85
Serenity - winkwink
Out Of Place - Peanut
Water Drop Shot - blue4me
One - Raven74
Black & White Portrait - rbat
Red - Luckyseven
Suggestive - Abbygirl
Mostly Black/Mostly white - PrincessPinkenIt
Autumn - Superman+4Sisters
Capturing Action - Peanut
Black and white perspective - Abbygirl
Shadows - winkwink
Props - Jalex
Numbers - apocketfull
Circle - mummy26
Coke - rbat
Abstract - mummy26

Edited by Peanut, 17 December 2012 - 08:21 PM.


#2 ~Kee~In~Hawaii~

Posted 17 December 2012 - 08:39 PM

Awesome, so glad this is the challenge Peanut, since you put your Christmas bokeh shots up I have been playing around trying to capture it for the fun of it and now I can do it for a reason (other than messing around). Playing with Christmas lights has almost put me in the Christmas spirit a little original.gif


#3 Peanut

Posted 17 December 2012 - 08:46 PM

I'm glad its helped bring in a little Christmas spirit my friend, you deserve some happiness!   bbighug.gif

#4 mummy26

Posted 20 December 2012 - 11:46 PM

Changed entry below

Edited by mummy26, 22 December 2012 - 01:34 AM.


#5 mummy26

Posted 22 December 2012 - 01:34 AM

OK, I can't edit my post for some stupid reason  huh.gif  and I'm changing my entry to this one

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28286225@N02/.../in/photostream

(Will edit the above post when it finally allows me to)

#6 Bec .

Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:14 AM

Looks like we have a Christmas theme yet again original.gif


Merry Christmas by rbat75, on Flickr

#7 Peanut

Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:02 PM

Here's mine, admittedly not the greatest and a total rush job but its a busy week!  I'll be back this evening (not Monday as usual) to judge the winner, should be an easy one this time LOL!   biggrin.gif


Rocky Road!

Edited by Peanut, 23 December 2012 - 12:07 PM.


#8 tickly_rain

Posted 23 December 2012 - 03:38 PM

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tickly_rain/8...tream/lightbox/

I took a few, but the two better ones were a bauble or shortbread so nothing original sorry!

This isn't great, a bit noisy but I didn't really read the cut off time / day so have run out of time!  Oops!  

Merry Christmas everyone!

#9 ~Kee~In~Hawaii~

Posted 23 December 2012 - 06:06 PM

Only just noticed the cut off time too ... oops! This is one of the first shots I took - never even attempted this before but have had fun messing about. I had planned on taking more this morning but I got my Christmas present from DH early - a 12ft inflatable pool (we are planning on building a house with a full inground pool at some point so I've been waiting patiently) so today has been taken up with setting it all out and filling it up. Now it's time to swim! original.gif

This is my clay model Santa, he's such a cutie and it's nice to have him out this year to cheer me up a little.

Santa Bokeh


#10 Peanut

Posted 23 December 2012 - 08:10 PM

Thanks for coming up with an entry ladies, despite this being a VERY busy week!

Mummy26, another high calibre image from you.  I'm fascintated by the different sizes of the bokeh and how some of the larger ones appear almost as if they have an oily surface, which I presume is just smaller glitter?  How on earth did you do that?

Rbat, throw some words on top and you have a perfect christmas card right there!  Beautiful composition, silvery colour and glittery bokeh!

Tickly_rain, is that a bauble made by little hands?  Its so cute and they are my favourite ones of all (my tree is quite literally groaning under our handmade decorations)!  Nice bright bokeh to offset the bauble!

~Kee~In~Hawaii~, lovely DOF and bokeh in your photo and a good use of the rule of thirds too!  I hope that you have a nice Christmas despite your recent loss.

With no further ado, this weeks winner is Mummy26 with her tight control on the DOF and unusual bokeh!

I hope that you all have a lovely Christmas my fellow photography fanatics!   original.gif

#11 ~Kee~In~Hawaii~

Posted 23 December 2012 - 08:39 PM

Yay mummy26, that shot is so beautiful. When I first saw it I decided not to enter this week, there's no way I can compete with that having never tried bokeh before but when I managed to actually capture some, I couldn't resist popping it up. I'm so glad you won, that photo is just stunning!

Thanks for the kind words Peanut, I think the photography course I am currently studying is already showing in some of my shots. Sounds silly only a week in but I'm seeing things differently in everyday life and thinking "that would make a great photo" about things I've never thought of like that before. Looking forward to continuing to learn from you all on here!

Merry Christmas everyone!  xmas_cool.gif


#12 SW-

Posted 23 December 2012 - 08:51 PM

Congratulations mummy26!

Peanut, you had me running to check the day......a few moments of panic thinking OMG I was meant to go to work today.  I really need to learn to read!!



#13 Peanut

Posted 23 December 2012 - 09:26 PM

Hee hee, sorry for the heart-stopper Silverwattle!

#14 mummy26

Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:24 PM

Oh WOW, Thanks Peanut, I'm stoked original.gif

Now a few are probably wondering how I did this and I should take setup shots.  It was done in my backyard using those HO scale model figures that we used in Photo5.  So we are talking 1:87 scale. The bauble in the photo is quite small.  I temporarily glued the figures in position on the surface and sprinkled gold glitter evenly over the area.  When I was done photographing them, I blew the glitter, flash in one hand and finger on the shutter in continuous mode. This was one of the images.  It's a macro photo taken on f2.8.  Macro bokeh is awesome, it varies in size through the DOF.

Here's a couple more I took (with no bokeh)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28286225@N02/...in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28286225@N02/...in/photostream/

Will think of something and pop it up shortly

Thanks Kee original.gif

Edited by mummy26, 23 December 2012 - 11:25 PM.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Tot meets his heroes, falls apart with excitement

Two-year-old Quincy finished his potty training last week, and as part of his reward he was able to meet his idols.

Beautiful in our eyes: Georgia's story

I will never deny the fact that grief has a place when you give birth to a child who brings a set of circumstances very different to what you imagined. Because for nine months, I thought I knew my Georgie.

'It's been phenomenal': widower dad of quads thankful for support

There was nothing Erica and Carlos wanted more than a baby.

Vin Diesel names daughter after actor Paul Walker

The actor said there was "no other person" he was thinking about when he chose the name.

How midwives can help women who experience domestic violence

More than half of women who live with abusive partners experience violence during pregnancy.

Mum describes giving birth during Cyclone Pam

A new mother was told she must flee Port Vila hospital with her baby as Cyclone Pam bore down.

6 signs you're done having babies

There were a few signs I'm never going back to the land of maternity jeans, breast pumps and bassinets.

Marta Dusseldorp reveals breastfeeding cost her an acting job

Australian actress Marta Dusseldorp has revealed she was forced to withdraw from a Sydney Theatre Company production because a director did not approve of her breast feeding.

Female celebs (or their babies) with traditionally male names

Looking for a name that's a little bit different for a girl? Turn to names that have been traditionally used for males, as these celebs (or their parents) did.

'If you're anti-immunisation ... take a look at this picture of my son'

Greg Hughes is "an absolute shell of a man" as he and his wife Catherine struggle to come to terms with the loss of their newborn son Riley to whooping cough.

How an extrovert can raise an introvert

Introverts are often misunderstood as shy, and sometimes even rude. A timid child can be difficult to build rapport with, but it's important we nurture their sensitive natures.

Sheryl Sandberg's advice

'Choreplay': Help out at home to get more sex, Sandberg tells men

Forget foreplay. The new and improved route to intercourse is "choreplay" - it's good for your spouse, good for your house, and comes with the imprimatur of feminist du jour Sheryl Sandberg.

How to play with your baby

The first time your child learns a new skill at playtime is very exciting - for both you and your baby! Play is important to your child's development for a variety of reasons - here are some simple ideas for you to try at home.

I'm a single mother by choice

For me, being the best mother I can be means being a mum alone, at least for now. Thinking of my friends with inadequate partners, I wonder why more people don’t choose single motherhood.

Awkward wedding photos

Weird poses, surprise photobombs, bizarre editing: these are the wedding photos that should have never seen the light of day.

Four-week-old baby Riley Hughes dies of whooping cough

The mother of a four-week-old Perth baby who died after contracting whooping cough says her family has been left devastated by the loss of her "gorgeous, sweet" son.

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, we are giving away five DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Oh boy! Video shows family's reaction to baby surprise

Little Peyton Williams thought she was getting a baby sister named Charlee. But the two-year-old has had to settle for a doll dressed in pink after her baby "sister" turned out to be a boy.

How to help build up your baby's immune system

We all know that having a strong immune system is the best way to stay healthy – but what can we do to help it along?

'Nick, you need to call an ambulance': home birth mum's tragic death

A Melbourne mum who died after the home birth of her baby pleaded with her husband to call an ambulance because she felt she was going to die, the Victorian Coroners Court has heard.

When dads believe their baby doesn't 'like' them

Q: My two-month-old baby doesn't like me. He's perfectly content with my wife, but when I try to hold him, he gets upset and cries. I've backed off a little, thinking that he just needs a little time to get used to me, but that doesn't seem to be working. I'm starting to think I'm just not a very good dad. Is it too late for me to build a relationship with my baby?

When was the last time a stranger praised your parenting?

Wouldn’t it be great to get some nice feedback every now and then? After all, everyone likes to hear positive praise, particularly when it comes to parenting.

Special Ticket Offer, Save $8!

The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back this April! Save $8 off the door price for a limited time only!

15 names on the verge of extinction

If you're looking to revive an older name, or don’t want anything near the top 1000 list, check out these rare monikers for your unique baby.

5 characteristics of great dads

It’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids.

Why doesn't Australia have more breast milk banks?

When there’s no question that milk banks are important, why don’t we have more of them in Australia?

Carrie Bickmore announces birth of daughter

Television personality Carrie Bickmore has given birth to her second child.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.

Man faces jail after giving woman abortion pill smoothie

A Norwegian man is facing jail after putting abortion pills in his ex-girlfriend's smoothie, causing her to have a miscarriage.

'He's a blessing': family of baby born without eyes

Jordy Jackson was born without eyes. He has anophthalmia, which affects one in every 100,000 babies born.

Win one of 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers

With Easter fast approaching, Cadbury are giving away 5 Cadbury Easter Hampers. Enter Now!

Super fit model Sarah Stage defends her pregnancy body

Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".

Win a Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom and Peppa Pig prize pack

To celebrate the April 1 release of Holly's Magic Wand on DVD and Digital, Essential Baby and Entertainment One are giving away five bumper DVD packs featuring the newest installment of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Holly's Magic Wand and many more hours of family entertainment! Enter Now!

Why I post breastfeeding photos online

I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.

The day I broke my baby

There are things I wish I didn't know. I wish I didn't know that companies make tiny braces, small enough to hold necks no bigger than a wrist.

The place just for dads of multiples

When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.

Brave mum calls for domestic violence law reform

A brave mum of two has shared details of the harrowing attacks she suffered at the hands of her partner in a bid to help other victims of domestic violence.

Why I had the new test for Down syndrome

Early last year I turned 35, and having just found out I was pregnant, I opted to have the new test for Down syndrome.

Geeky baby gear

If your family is more into Star Wars, gaming and the periodic table than most, you might want to check out these geek-chic baby items.

2015: the year of the sheep

According to the Chinese zodiac, babies born in the year of the sheep are creative and enjoy spending quiet time with their own thoughts.

Breakthrough genetic testing now available in Australia

Pregnant women will for the first time have access to locally analysed, accurate, non-invasive pre-natal genetic testing when the first Australian clinic to offer the services opens its doors next week.

Grandbabies: the babies born looking old

Not a day under 65 and a lifetime of struggle! That's the look of these newborns, who look adorably older than their real age. Social networking site Reddit recently featured user submissions of adorable grandbabies, here are our favourites.

Family kicked off flight after toddler seatbelt drama

An entire family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight when a misbehaving toddler refused to put his seatbelt on.

Stolen baby found after 17 years

A baby stolen from her mother's arms shortly after birth has been found through an astonishing coincidence.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

Sign up now!

30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Receive a daily email from Essential Baby during April with great play tips and ideas, then submit your baby at play photos to our Playwall, Instagram or Twitter for your chance to win.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.