Bokeh, This humbles me

Bokeh

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When I first started really paying attention to photography I began to notice the details of a picture. I noticed how some pictures had everything in focus and some pictures had the foreground in focus but the background were all blurry….

I wondered about that.  Now I understand Depth of Field (DOF). When you want a blurred background or {bokeh} you are looking for a shallow DOF – like in the picture above.

But when you are shooting landscapes or group pictures or any picture where you want to include all the details then you want a deep/wide DOF.

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This is achieved with your aperture or F-stop the lower your number the shallower your DOF. So an aperture setting of 1.4 is going to give you some really nice soft {bokeh} in the background – which really highlights what you have focused on in the foreground. I love this technique! Especially when shooting individual portraits!

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But then sometimes you need to include the background to make the picture more interesting. That is when you raise your aperture up to give you a greater DOF eliminating any {bokeh}.

That is why photographers need to invest in great lenses.  Each lens has a range and if you lens aperture is from 3.5 to 5.6 then you will be very limited in your DOF.

This Humbles Me

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Learning something new is always a humbling experience for me – and I’m guessing for anyone. I actually enjoy the process of learning something new. I don’t mind being humbled by something I clearly don’t know/understand.  😉

But it is way more fun to be good at something. 😎

Yesterday I planned a date night with my man.  I was excited because I had planned a paddle board outing neither of us had ever tried it but I had been longing to do it for years! I have watched many, many people paddle board by me and it looks so easy!  😛  How hard can it be? I know how to stand up and I know how to paddle.

Wrong.

I have learned a few things

1. When learning to paddle board do not choose to do it in a river with a strong current and wind

2. Don’t even think about doing it in the ocean! (How on earth?) actually I hope to one day…

3. There is MUCH more to it than simply standing up…like trying to get your legs to stop shaking….

4. Next time (yes, there will be a next time) we will go to a lake on a perfectly calm day and then I’m certain I will be a pro!

I did succeed in standing up! There is no photographic evidence because I had the camera and there was no way I was capable of standing, balancing, paddling and taking a selfie…

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It was only after I successfully lowered myself down to me knees I was able to hand the camera (water proof camera) over and at that point I was just happy to be kneeling.

Of course my man had a much easier time of it.  He was the first to stand up, he paddled around like a pro and managed to make turning look easy – while I couldn’t turn to save my life (which was in jeopardy as I was headed into the current)

So we gave it a go and after a bit we decided to switch to kayaks 😎

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There will be a next time paddle board – I swear it!

Try something new! It gets your blood pumping!

-S

Next – A game, Repetitive

 

2016-12-21T12:26:51+00:00

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