Blog Circle | Nature & Bokeh | Cold Spring, MN Photographer

This year marks the second year that my wonderful group of photographer friends and I will continue our blog circle.  This year, we decided to have different topics to shoot and along with these topics will be different photography techniques that we will employ in shooting.  We decided to do this in order to drive our creativity a little bit further outside our comfort zone.

This month our topic is nature and our technique is Bokeh.  What, you say, is bokeh?  When you shoot with different lenses, and use different focal lengths, the background of your image has a certain look to it.  Good bokeh in an image means your background is creamy.  When you have any highlights in your background, these usually show up as round spots.  Blended with the creaminess of the background, this is considered a good example of bokeh.  In this first image below, you can see in the bottom right corner, the highlights are coming through as round circles.  The whole image itself, excluding the leaf that is in focus, is very nice and blended.  Creamy.

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This image doesn’t have any of the round highlight circles, but the background itself is very smooth.  Almost like it was smeared with vaseline.  This is because I used a very shallow depth of field.  This is a great way to isolate your subject and make it pop.

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The next two images are just nature shots.  Because this winter has been so hard in Minnesota, it has been really hard to get out and shoot.  We’ve had about 3 nice days this year.

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Please take the time to go around the circle and see how my friends have used nature and bokeh.  Stefanie is next!

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  • Emily - Heidi these are stunning! Wow, though is it different there than here this time of year 😉ReplyCancel

  • Paula - beautiful images Heidi!ReplyCancel

  • stefanie - That second image just pops, love it! What kind of plant is it? It’s gorgeous with its red color and the snow.ReplyCancel

  • Karthika - Love the vaseline reference – a great way to explain Bokeh! – The image with the trees is my favoriteReplyCancel

  • Marlo Yoshimoto - Wow. These look like cards, art, … .so beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • carol - Love all of this images! I want to come visit!ReplyCancel

  • Nadeen - Such wonderful images demonstrating bokeh! I can feel the COLD and the isolation of the subject!ReplyCancel

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