WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Descent. And oops…sorry about the duplicate pingback on the host page…I forgot to change the title and when I updated it there was a second pingback…..

I immediately thought of the The Canadian Museum of Human Rights.. and I was happy that I had a photo that showed descent.

The ramp and the elevator shaft that descend down to the lower floors:


Linking to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge here.

Photo Lab 42 Bokeh

I am playing with Prairie Jill and Miriam. We are working our way through Steve Sonheim’s photography book(Creative-Photography-Lab-Self-Expression-Mixed-Media), lab by lab.

This week’s lab was Bokeh. I always thought bokeh was the lovely little circular or hexagons that form in a shallow DOF photo…but apparently it refers to any type of blur. In general, any “pleasing effect of out-of-focus areas in the photo”. This includes blur created by tilt-shift or lensbaby, motion blur, blur created by vaseline on the lens or a plastic sheet in front of the lens.

So I tried a few of these techniques.

1. Shallow DOF with my DSLR, which always creates lovely bokeh:

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full bokeh

2. Motion blur by panning of Stewie in action, with my DSLR:

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3. Attempts with my Samsung which gives only so-so blur in the background:

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A close-up by cropping of another seedhead:seed head samsung

4. Tilt shift with my Samsung and Awesome Miniatures Pro app:


5. Blur through plastic wrap with my DSLR. Too much blur since there is no place in focus, but you can still see that the center of the photo is my cow-reading-a-newspaper statue:

plastic blur

Another fun lab…..can’t go wrong with bokeh!!