Bokeh

by Laurie Madsen March. 14, 2019 240 views
Dragonfly on White Lilly #photoblog365

Dragonfly on White Lilly #photoblog365

Monochrome Dragonfly on White Lilly

Monochrome Dragonfly on White Lilly

Dragonfly on White Lilly

Dragonfly on White Lilly

Fungi on Dead Red Pine m- Odd hexagonal bokeh using manual lens with 6 aperture blades

Fungi on Dead Red Pine m- Odd hexagonal bokeh using manual lens with 6 aperture blades

Every photographer has their personal preference of the "bokeh" effect in the background of their pictures. Some love the sparkly round blurred background such as shown in the dragonfly photos, some like the odd shaped bokeh often rendered by manual lenses and some prefer the perfectly creamy background where all the colors blend together into one smooth background. (usually my personal preference)

I think each has it's own unique character to add an extra element to create with.

I love the dragonfly photo, and couldn't decide which to post, so I posted all 4 versions. It was taken in very bright sunshine and was a tough challenge to expose for texture, etc.

I also love the shadow under the dragonfly-he looks like he's praying for his next meal.

Comments welcome and appreciated!

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Olga Helys 2 months ago

Great!

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Olga Helys 2 months ago

Thanks Olga!

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Jolien Dekens 2 months ago

Beautiful! I often prefer B&W but in these I love the rainbow colors in the bokeh too much :p 
That's why I prefer the color versions in this series :)

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Jolien Dekens 2 months ago

Thank you Jolien!
I do like the rainbow effect too!
Thanks for your thoughts on these! I appreciate it!

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Michael Garcia 2 months ago

Really good stuff, especially #1...good details.

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Michael Garcia 2 months ago

Thank you Michael! I appreciate your comments and feedback!

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Trinicia Perch 2 months ago

Love all the photos!  The compositions and colors are great.  Amazing bokeh!

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Trinicia Perch 2 months ago

Thanks Trinicia! I appreciate/value your comments and feedback!
It was a cooperative model!
I had fun!

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Lynn F Medley 2 months ago

Such detail ! Beautiful! And love the bokeh 😊

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Lynn F Medley 2 months ago

Thank you Lynn!
I appreciate you stopping by and leaving comments!

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Giancarlo Fosci 2 months ago

Great shots!!!!

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Giancarlo Fosci 2 months ago

Thank you Giancarlo!
I appreciate you taking the time to brows/like/comment on my photos!
All feedback greatly appreciated and welcome!

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Berckmans Peter 2 months ago

Just beautiful,love the dragonflies

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 months ago

Thank you so much!
I appreciate you stopping by and leaving comments!
I value your feedback!

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Antonio Gil 2 months ago

#2for me - composition, and I think B&W fits so well here

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months ago

Thanks Antonio!
I agree about the B&W suiting the photo.
I value and appreciate your comments!

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Jennifer Raknerud 2 months ago

The bokeh is beautiful with a magical dragonfly.

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Jennifer Raknerud 2 months ago

Thank you Jennifer!
I appreciate/value your comments!

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Sherry Hill 2 months ago

i LOVE bokeh.. and of all these photos, i like #4 best. i like how the dragonfly is off to the side and the bokeh is just as much a  part of the photo as the dragonfly, as the flower..

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Sherry Hill 2 months ago

Thanks Sherry!
I love the light streaming into the dark forest highlighting the fungi as if it is calling me to notice!
I appreciate/value your comments/feedback!

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Camellia 2 months ago

They call me the 'dragonfly chaser" ( just kidding) I love to chase and capture them, therefor can't wait for summer. All of your captures in my opinion are beautiful. I don't have a preference as far as the type of bokeh I think they all give a photo a very nice touch and they have in your photos. If I were to chose I would chose #1 only because of it being a closeup of the dragonfly being the center of attention.

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Camellia 2 months ago

Thanks Camellia!
I know what you mean, I can spend HOURS photographing dragonflies! I usually just throw all the pictures in the trash, even if they turn out good, but I really liked this series.
I like the close-up too, but I like it with more lily in it also.
Have you ever tried capturing dragonflies in flight/motion? It's a blast!
I have a series of those as well, I might post them just so I don't lose them on another hard drive failure (lol)

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Camellia Replied to Laurie Madsen 2 months ago

Actually I have done the same thing as you; shoot and re-shoot in motion, sitting, hovering,.....over and over again. Never get tired of shooting these little beauties,, something magical about them. Although, my husband claims they bite and it is painful, I have never gotten bitten. Yes you should post them I would love to see them. 😃

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Camellia 2 months ago

I agree, there is something captivating and magical about them. I don't tire of them either.
I've never been bitten, but they do land on me and say Hi occasionally. 
I used to take the super macro shots of the eyes, but decided I don't like the real scientific/specimen look.

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