This week’s Sunday Still’s challenge is bokeh. My first time authoring a challenge, I’m very excited to see what everyone came up with! A big thank you to Linda and Ed for the opportunity to submit our ideas for future challenges. I recently became
obsessed interested in bokeh once I realized how much depth of field really effected a photo, and how much better the SX20 handled shallow depth of field than my previous camera. Now I could pretty much consistently get the blurred background when I wanted, not just occasionally. Push the limits of your equipment, you might be surprised at what you learn and what your camera can do!
For an added mini challenge, the next time you’re watching your favorite TV show, especially if the characters are outside, see if you can spot the bokeh in the background.
Barn cat “helping” by walking into the frame is optional…
Some moss on the rock pillar at the bottom of the shop stairs.
One from the archives (yikes, I cut off part of the left flower!), when I didn’t quite understand bokeh and how to create it.
I ordered this new beauty on Sunday from Amazon and got it late yesterday afternoon. I’ve only used it for a couple of hours and I already love it to death!
It’s a Canon PowerShot SX20 IS – it has 20 x optical zoom and 4 x digital zoom, which adds up to 80 x zoom altogether. No offense to Kodak, but I have only used barely even a quarter of the settings it (Canon) has to off and it has already proven itself to be absolutely amazing.
It’s bulkier and heavier than the Kodak, but I personally like having something to fill my hands, so that is a pro for me. The weight also seems to help reduce the shake produced from pressing down the shutter. The only complaint I have so far is that there is no leash on the lens cap, making it easy for it to slip off. So far my favorite setting has been the “Super Macro” which allows you to amazing macros without having to have a DSLR with a macro lens. I’m also very impressed with how it handles low light – took a couple of photos in the house with the auto setting and they were great. Can’t wait to see how it does at my next concert!
Here’s a couple sample shots I’ve taken:
A macro example:
boys, or what you consider toys challange this week was really fun to shoot. Some very interesting stuff…
My vast Breyer model horse collection. I have over fifty, including the dogs, two cows, a cat, and chickens and rabbits. Now that I don’t play with much anymore, they sit on top of my dressers.
Affirmed, winner of the 1978 Triple Crown. The tenth, and so far the last horse to do so.
Hidalgo from the 2004 movie Hidalgo. Beautiful chestnut paint.
Holstein milk cow. I also have a Hereford bull.
My new baby, a Takamine EG530SC acoustic guitar as payment for my work over the summer hauling hay, weeding, and whatever odd jobs.
I’m putting these next two pictures on in behalf of Dad since he doesn’t have a blog, though he has to “share” some of his toys with me. =) The emblem on our 1948 KB-6 flatbed hay truck. I love this truck.
The 1/2 scale 12 pound Napoleon cannon. It makes some serious thunder!
And finally, can’t forget about the camera that makes posting pictures on mine and Mom’s blog possible…