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“Bokeh” is one of those silly Photography words that you learn as you fall deeper into the bottomless money pit that is Photography. Basically it’s a real obnoxious way of saying “that out of focus stuff in a picture that looks kinda cool.” To me it just means big circles of light and is one of the reasons that images taken with a DSLR at wide open apertures looks better than your iphone snapshot.

After taking the challenge photo of “Giving Thanks” The family and I walked around Temple Square enjoying the amazing Christmas lights that fill the entire area and are just breathtaking! It just so happens that bright little Christmas lights are perfect subjects for demonstrating “Bokeh” The wider the aperture the better so I switched to my 85mm f/1.8 lens and shot mostly between f/1.8-f/2.8

Globe lamps-lower1At Christmas time the reflecting pond in front of the Temple is filled with these floating lanterns which I’m drawn to like a moth to a flame! The temple is reflected in the water and provides the cooler color contrast to the warm lanterns. I had to get low and sneak under a few other cameras and behind a family trying to take a “selfie”to get this angle.

A few more shots from that night…

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A closer look at the lights around a tree trunk at Temple Square.

A closer look at a bulb on a pine tree at Temple Square.

Three story tall trees of light are located at each end of the Main Street plaza and I love how each light turned into an ornament when I defocused the lens.

Three story tall trees of light are located at each end of the Main Street plaza and I love how each light turned into an ornament when I defocused the lens.

Spires-red foreground bokeh

“Bokeh” doesn’t have to be behind the subject!

Round star and trees Tree Trunk lights_Blue BokehSpires-white foreground bokehThe word “Bokeh” itself may be a bit ostentatious, but the effect rocks!

Go ahead and give it a try, Christmas time is the perfect time to experiment.

Happy Shooting!

Howard

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