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

 

Mum assists in own caesarean surgery

A mum who partly delivered her own twins during a caesarean has encouraged other women to take control of their birthing experience.

How to handle common childhood regressions

Regression can be a natural and common part of development prompted by a variety of factors, but that doesn't make it less frustrating.

Disgruntled dad's pram ad goes viral

When buying a second hand pram, there are lots of things to take into consideration. 

Man discovers he's a dad after finding 55-year-old letter

Discovering you are about to father a baby is startling enough - never mind finding out you have a 61-year-old son.

15 thoughts mums have during a tantrum

Ranging from mild to feral and triggered by events both minor and major, tantrums certainly keep life interesting.

Natural pain relief in the early stages of labour

While managing labour pains on your own can be daunting, there are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital.

Forgotten Baby Syndrome claims the life of toddler

One baby dies every eight days in the back of a car in the US, victims of 'forgotten baby syndrome'.

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel

For a brief time, I was touched by an angel. You stole my heart, and changed me into the women I am today.

Chrissie Swan has reached her "sex quota"

Chrissie Swan says she and her partner have sex once a year due to her fear of falling pregnant.

Chinese woman gives birth to quintuplets

After six years of trying for a baby, a couple’s dreams have come true many times over after the mum gave birth to quintuplets this week.

Five-year-old shoots nine-month-old brother dead

A nine-month-old baby boy died on Monday after he was shot in the head by his five-year-old brother in their grandfather's home.

'Is that baby yours?'

She is my daughter. I gave birth to her. I nurse her. But she doesn't have any of my genes.

Episiotomy in childbirth: not just 'a little snip'

Episiotomies have a place in maternity care – and can occasionally save lives – but should not be performed routinely.

Toddler aggression not caused by language delays after all: study

The logic was that children who don’t have the language to fully express themselves will lash out when they’re misunderstood. Not anymore.

Why we chose to adopt a child with Down sydrome

Everyone in foster care (and really in life) has something that makes them more vulnerable. We just know what our son's is.

Object of desire

Curvy mums make clever babies

Scientists appear to have discovered why women have evolved to have more curves than men – shapely thighs and bottoms lead to healthier babies.

'We'll make sure they know how much she loved them'

A first-time mum will never get to hold her four newborns, dying shortly after giving birth to the quadruplets.

The baby names NZ knocked back in 2014

A New Zealander has tried to name their baby Senior Constable but didn't get away with it - and numbering children is also a no-no.

How can you go into labour without knowing you're pregnant?

For most of us, the idea that a woman could carry a child to full-term without knowing she is pregnant is mind-boggling.

Will you get to the hospital in time?

Worrying your baby will be delivered by the roadside is a common concern for many mothers-to-be. So how likely are you to be caught short?

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Stars help save choking babies

It's an important lesson to learn, but one that busy new mums and dads might overlook until it's too late.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel pregnant

Actress Zooey Deschanel is expecting her first child with her producer boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.

16 times 'dad reflexes' saved the day

Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.

Couple's 'non-traditional' pregnancy announcement goes viral

Knowing you are not the father of your pregnant wife's baby would usually indicate a rocky relationship ahead for traditional parents.

The trials and tribulations of identical triplet newborns

Pip Donnelly is still playing spot the difference with her newborn identical triplets, Isabelle, Georgina and Frankie.

Win an Octonauts prize pack

To celebrate the launch of Octonauts Live! Operation Reef Shield, a spectacular underwater adventure live on stage, we are giving away an amazing Octonauts prize pack to one lucky fan.

Earthquake baby thriving five years on

Jenny Alexis is lucky to be alive after spending four days buried in the rubble of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, but now she's a thriving five year old.

Please don't say I'm lucky because I was adopted

On the one hand I was having a regular life with friends and sports and sleepovers and school. But I was also always wondering: Did my mother love me? What was wrong with me?

An open letter to non-parents who offer advice on child-rearing

Kitty, when you’re the parent of my child you’re welcome to wade in with an opinion – but until then, I’d prefer you to have a supportive ear and a glass of wine ready.

Couple arrested over baby gun video

A US couple faces charges after investigators say they found mobile phone videos showing the woman's 12-month-old daughter putting a handgun in her mouth.

NSW Health dumps 10-year limit on frozen embryos

A 10-year time limit on storing frozen embryos that were created with donor sperm has been dropped by the NSW government.

How my happy-go-lucky husband became a monster

Sharan Nicholson-Rogers watched her husband change from a happy-go-lucky police officer into an unpredictable man prone to violent and emotional outbursts.

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes, too

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.

'They were just doing their job': mum of toddler killed in police chase gone wrong

"They were just doing their job. I feel so sorry for them. It is all just too sad."

Miscarriages to be formally recognised by NSW government

Women who miscarry will be able to obtain an optional "recognition of loss" certificate as a formal recognition of their often heartbreaking loss.

Cafe cubby house 'too noisy' for neighbours

Teenage parties, domestic disputes, or raucous late night pubs are the things that usually come to mind when you think neighbourhood noise complaints.

Dad films baby playing with snake

Most parents would not consider a snake an appropriate playmate for their baby, but a US dad who filmed his daughter playing with a python has defended himself against criticism.

Clever breastfeeding products

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

 

Back to School Offer

Findababysitter.com.au

We've got you covered for this school year. Use www.findababysitter.com.au to meet local nannies now.

 
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.