Wednesday, January 20, 2010

hang on

OK, so I don't want this blog to become just a pass-through to my photo pages, or a boasting page when I get a nod from some photo group or other.

BUT, that being said, the site Beyond Megapixels had a fun photo challenge this month and asked readers to submit photos featuring bokeh. Now this time last year I had never even heard of this word. The technical definition of bokeh is the blur in a photograph, but not just the blur but the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light. Some people think it's just sparkly blurry blobs in a photo, but it's also the smoothness of the blur and the creamy texture that can make a photo really yummy.

I took this photo in the mall, thinking that the hangers looked very cool all lined up in a row, and I was using a lens that allows me to focus on a specific point and have the rest of the photo blurred. Little did I know, though, until I got it home and looked at it, that even though most of the photo was blurred it was very clear what the subject was, and how the light was dancing on the metal of the hangers. Like little sparkly diamonds, all be-jeweled and "bokeh-fied." This photo was featured on the Beyond Megapixels site today, along with other photos in the challenge. Check them out!

Click the photo to see the sparkle!


  1. I suggest you slow down, or I'll be chairing a committee looking for a new library director because the curent one is taking photos for National Geographic in Kuala Lumpur.

  2. Yay, that's great! I was actually JUST wondering what bokeh was today. I meant to google it, but was at work, so was going to wait...and forgot. So, thanks for the explaination, congrats on the pic and good job! ps. your sparkle IS nice!

  3. Seriously...this photo is amazing!