Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks LAPC set by Sofia: Bokeh.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’d never really come across this term & was generally just happy to have a soft background to provide focus on the true subject. I haven’t always actively sought bokeh & it has been a happy by product of a shot; that was until I got my macro lens & concentrated on this effect more 😁
I’ve had a lot of fun playing with my macro lens & one of the side benefits is I tend to shoot with a wide aperture to reduce the depth of field & this brings about bokeh.
One of my favourite types of macro shot is rain drops or dew on grass. The oat grass is like nature’s chandelier with plenty of light for the lens to catch in the background.
Occasionally I’m able to catch some bokeh when out shoooting with my zoom lens, this can be from a gorse sprig in the woods, to capturing nature with a soft background.
Which can sometimes include spiders & their webs. I don’t know if these are strictly bokeh pics, but to me, the blurred background highlights the intricacy of the webs.
I sometimes take pics of bouquets in my back yard, using a hedge as a back drop. This tends to be during the winter & the brown leaf backdrop contrasts well with the bright flowers.
This next bit is more of a question; many of you will know that I am a fan of lensball photography & Lensy features in many of my posts. Is it still a form of bokeh if I have a sharp image in Lensy & the background is blurred? The last four shots feature the Falkirk Wheel; the first is shot with a wider aperture to blur more of the background, wheras the last three used a narrower aperture to gain a greater depth of field & more of the subject, not just Lensy are in focus.