December 13, 2010


On this day in 1913, It was announced by authorities in Florence, Italy, that the "Mona Lisa" had been recovered. The work was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris in 1911.

Bokeh 1

Like many houses in Ireland, today we put up the Christmas Tree. As ever, the search for the perfect tree eluded me but I'm certain I done better than the last few years. Tonight I decided to do some experimentation with 'out of focus' bokeh using a 50mm prime lens. The shots show christmas tree lights taken from a distance of 10ft. This is my prep-work for a 'Writing my Letter to Santa' shot - soon to be posted here.

Photo: Triptych - set of hand-held single frames. Manual focus mode, lens adjusted to maximum blur. In this instance, the bokeh is circular, characteristic of a fully opened lens. If the aperture was closed slightly, the blades of the aperture diaphragm would generate hexagonal orbs. By bringing the shot more into focus, the orbs will be more dispersed, it's worth experimenting to explore the capabilities of your lenses in this regard. Remember, adjusting the degree of focus and aperture setting will give different results. More bokeh experiments HERE.

Tip; If you're feeling really daring, try a long exposure with a zoom lens and during the exposure, twist the zoom-ring - guaranteed to give some very cool abstract results!
Lens; 50mm prime - f/1.4. ISO 200. 1/15 @ f/1.4.