Bokeh flower (73/365)

by Lee Santiva March. 18, 2019 217 views
Natural light bokeh

Natural light bokeh

Returning to the bokeh topic with another attempt, outdoors and all natural :-) , no electricity, no artificial lights...Today it was off and on raining followed by full sunshine.

As I left the office, I noticed the grass and meadows were still full of raindrops. I got my good camera out of the car and got down on my knees in my work clothes and took advantage of the naturally occurring bokeh. Hopefully I'll get the mud stains out of the trousers.

Bokeh of a flowering nettle

Bokeh of a flowering nettle

The bokeh in photo #3 is extreme, the white lights make me think of the flashes of dozens of paparazzi photographers and the flower is some poor celebrity. I'm interested in your tips to "turn down the volume".

Paparazzi bokeh

Paparazzi bokeh

I've got some softer bokeh flower photos from today which I will post on a later date.

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Sherry Hill 11 months ago

not sure how i missed this one.. this is the kind of bokeh i love.. great photos Lee..

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Lee Santiva Replied to Sherry Hill 11 months ago

That's really interesting Sherry and good to know that you like it! I thought the bokeh was too distracting, but it's just a nettle which isn't that great of a "flower" anyway Thank you so much for commenting it really helps me. I tend to be over critical

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Jennifer Paire 11 months ago

Wow, these are great!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jennifer Paire 11 months ago

Thanks!

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Jay Boggess 11 months ago

Lovely blossom & bokeh!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 11 months ago

Thank you Jay!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Lee Santiva 11 months ago

Your Work=My Pleasure!

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Laurie Madsen 11 months ago

Oh, and your flower without a name, looks like a nettle of some type. Square stemmed, probably a dead nettle as I see no fuzzy barbs.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Laurie Madsen 11 months ago

Laurie, you are right! Now that you mention it, it is a nettle.

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Laurie Madsen 11 months ago

Lee-
Do you want the bokeh to remain round like it is, but turn down the glare? Or de-focus the bokeh?

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Lee Santiva Replied to Laurie Madsen 11 months ago

I'd like to turn down the glare primarily. However de-focus would help since it is too distracting in these photos

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Lee Santiva 11 months ago

Well in bright sunshine, the only way to turn down the glare is to underexpose the picture, then you can adjust it to your liking in an editing program if you like.
Try bracketing if your camera has it, it will take a photo underexposed, normal and overexposed. You can then see if you like it a tad underexposed better, without changing the settings on your camera.
To achieve more blur (background blended together) a lens with larger aperture (2.8) would help, zoom/telephoto's compress background when close to subject-hence creamier blur. I guess it's something an article should be written on, as there are a few options.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Laurie Madsen 11 months ago

Laurie, once again thanks so much for your time snd patience to explain this aspects to me, I really appreciate it! I never thought of bracketing so I will definitely try that

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Lee Santiva 11 months ago

Lee-
Feel free to ask anytime you want!
I thoroughly enjoy helping people if I have the knowledge to do so!
Try bracketing to tone down brightness.
Then experiment with a zoom/telephoto at the widest aperture and CLOSE to your subject and compare the difference, then it will click with your mind of how to achieve the desired look for each subject.
Hope that helps!

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Bob Rosenberg 11 months ago

Clearly, you need to put a rag or old pillow next to your good camera.  car

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Lee Santiva Replied to Bob Rosenberg 11 months ago

Good advice! Or a gardeners kneeler/ knee pad

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Björn Roose 11 months ago

About the mud on your trowsers: just tell your colleagues it's bokeh. Unless they are photographers, they'll never now what you're talking about joy

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Lee Santiva Replied to Björn Roose 11 months ago

Oh yes, the colleagues: „Bouquet of flowers...you were picking them and what happened, you fell down?“ 😂

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Björn Roose Replied to Lee Santiva 11 months ago

smile

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