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Fun With Bokeh!


Sometime last month I found a really neat ‘Custom Bokeh’ tutorial on youtube…and decided that I would give it a try. Well, anyone who knows me, knows that I can procrastinate like no-other. lol. Finally, I got around to making some aperture slides (like shown in the tutorial).

Conveniently, its Christmas time…so there are already lights strung up all over and the Christmas tree decorated. Finding a string of multiple subject lights wasnt hard. (:

Here are a few of the pictures I took last night why’ll playing with the aperture slides (Not even sure what the technical term for them is Please feel free to comment, subscribe or drop by my flickr!





I [Heart] Apples.

Here is something a little different from me.  I’m so thankful that my fiance is patient with me and my photography…” Move here! No, this way…that way…a little to the left!… ok Now DONT MOVE! ” haha… Yeah, thats how it went. Anyway, here are the results. Fun~Times!




You can check the rest of the set out on my FlickR.

Making Bokeh

Some of you are are probably like…. WTF is Bokeh? lol So I google’d a detailed explanation for you.

In photography, bokeh (pronounced /boʊ’kɛ/) is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.” Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting—”good” and “bad” bokeh, respectively. Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions.

The term comes from the Japanese word boke (暈け or ボケ), which means “blur” or “haze”, or boke-aji (ボケ味), the “blur quality”. The Japanese term boke is also used in the sense of a mental haze or senility

Source: Wikipedia


So, now that we got that out of the way, on to *Why* I am even rambling on about ‘Bokeh’ in the first place.  I ran across this awesome tutorial on youtube on how to make your own custom Bokeh. Not just *any* Bokeh…. but  Bokeh in shapes. Hey, what can I say?! I’m a photography-geek at heart…

I searched multiple different tutorials and videos of any relation to ‘Making Bokeh’ and found myself seriously inspired by this!  Bokeh in the shapes of skulls, hearts, stars….anything I can think to create that will cut out in a shape no bigger than a quarter.  I went out to the dollar store and bought a large black poster board last night, so, we’ll see  how this goes! I’ll post pictures later!


OK! OK! Stop rambling already…  and share the tutorial and blog where you found this ‘How To’! 🙂


Video Tutorial : Making Bokeh | How to make custom Bokeh

Fun With Crayons

I pulled these from my older Archives. Thought id post them and share them with everyone.  It was miserably hot out ( somewhere around 119 degrees) …So, going outside to *play* was out of the question for me.  I decided to get a little creative and make the best of the situation at hand ( being bored and restless ).  What did I do? I invaded my 2 year old daughters’ crayons…hehe. Hey, what ever works huh? Here are the ending results..

Nature at its finest.

For the rest of the set, please visit my Flickr.

Grazing the fields

Driving south, down the coast of Oregon–I noticed a field full of grazing, although–very welcoming Elk. Had to stop to get some shots, OF COURSE! lol However, not having the right lens for these type of wildlife shots, using only natural light…my exposure and focus was a bit off. But nonetheless, I like the way they turned out 🙂

Kids will be kids.