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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

World Bird Wednesday LXXXIII




It's All a Blur

When folks talk lovingly about the aesthetics of photography one of the qualities they will gush about is bokeh. The word bokeh is derived from a Japanese expression meaning blurry, foggy, or even moronic.
    In photographic terms it describes the creamy, out of focus background setting off a detailed foreground subject.
    There are a few ways to achieve this uncluttered look. One is to have a naturally distant background. These oriole captures were taken on a river bank, the far side woods 150 feet away. Even at f8 the birds are set off much the same way a diamond ring is displayed on black velvet. Nothing competes with the bird for our eyes attention in these compositions. While this makes for a great guide book photo the look is rather two dimensional and lacks tension.
    In my mind the trick is to leave enough detail in the blur to suggest an emotion other than blah!   



Another super creamy bokeh... and I like the out of focus leaves counter balancing the oriole.

Derive happiness in oneself from a good days work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
Henri Matisse


    Another way to create good bokeh is by using a narrow depth of focus, dropping your f stop to it's lowest number especially on a longer lens, something 50mm or more. The narrow layer of focus in this composition is rock solid on the eye of the grackle, everything else is a blur. My 400mm lens is set at 5.6 and the trees of the river bank start about 15 feet beyond the bird. The bokeh crackles like lightening and has something of that elusive third dimension.
Bokehlicious!





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37 comments:

  1. beautiful orioles, springman! and blur is beautiful, too. no blah here. :)

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  2. Beautiful shots and you're right about the backgrounds! Sometimes a cluttered or unappealing background can distract from an otherwise great subject. A good photo comprises everything in the scene, not just the main subject. Nice job with these!

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  3. I love your Header and the Orioles are indeed beautiful and colourful.The blur always adds so much to the pis with the subject standing out..Great shots again.Have a great day!

    Shantana

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  4. I've got a 500mm lens on order and it should arrive tomorrow. Hoping to get some shots as spectacular as yours. xoxo

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  5. Great shots as always.
    Wish you a wonderful day.
    Mette

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  6. Beautiful shots, Springman! Background is definitely a bonus if it's uncluttered. I didn't succeed in that with the elusive little birds I captured on Monday.
    Wonderful shots of the Orioles & your header is spectacular as always!

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  7. Good topic and something else to think about when getting bird photos. I'll add that to my already long list. Stunning images as always Springman.

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  8. What a great lesson in bokeh. I will have to try your techniques as your bokeh shots are beautiful. Thank you for the information and for your wonderful WBW pictures.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  9. Thanks for the photo lesson -- I never knew what bokeh was before (too lazy to look it up). Once again I had to re-read your ".... you don't have to be an expert photographer ... . before I dared link my post ;>)....

    Thank you as always for hosting.

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  10. Springman, great shots of the Oriole! Such a pretty bird!

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  11. Great oriole shots Springman, bokeh or not. You are right though, its always a bit of a problem getting the bokeh spot on and the birds themselves don't always oblige.

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  12. wonderful oriole images, i don't see them here at my feeders!! i learned about bokeh here on blogger, everyone was telling me mine was beautiful, but i had no idea what it was.

    i have a nikon dsl but i use it like a point & shoot and i think it serves me very well!!

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  13. I always wondered how you got such nice backgrounds...thanks and also what great oriole images....the best. Cheers.

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  14. Great photos again and a very interesting post.

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  15. I love watching them....we have a hummingbird feeder that the orioles take over sometimes....they're such a beautiful bird!

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  16. That grackle almost brokeh my computer screen, it looks so 3-dement-sional, flying out of the soft background like that.

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  17. Interesting discussion on bokeh, and great shots as always!

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  18. Thanks for the lesson, Springman! I loved your Oriole photos, just awesome.

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  19. Thanks for the photography tips and you picture are fantastic as always.

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  20. Loving your header photograph; certainly a bird you couldn't miss. Thanks for explaining bokeh, and especially offering your feedback on your own experienes with photos to demonstrate. Each of your bird photos is delightful.

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  21. Bokehlicious is right! Wow that Grackle shot is incredible!!!

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  22. Lovely images, I always love the look of Bokeh

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  23. You gotta love those Orioles. I can't seem to get enough pictures of them. They are so willing.
    I need to pay atention to your photography tips..
    Go Yankees!

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  24. I really like the Bokeh effect but am definitely with you about having a little more interest for balance.
    That Grackle shot is a real winner and Baltimore Orioles I have longed to see ever since we lived in Canada 50 years ago.

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  25. My new job is taking me away from bird photography. Boo! Love these shots. Incredible.

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  26. Your shots are just amazing!! I also like your advice about the bokeh. Good things to keep in mind!!

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  27. Your explanation of bokeh is by far the best I have read yet! And, I do love the effects of the ones with a little more definition in them! Just gorgeous!

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  28. Hi there - nice pictures and an interesting post. I have a sneaky feeling that when some people say "nice bokeh" in their comments they are really trying to say "Is this picture out of focus?" - but of course I could be wrong!

    Stewart M

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  29. Bokeh, you say, now that is a new word for me. I only knew that sometimes I liked the watecoloured look of the background and other times, it just looked well, blah. You certainly got it just right in your images above, all well balanced. Hoping you are now in the full swing of enjoying retirement~

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  30. Great pictures you show. Wishing you a good Wednesday. Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

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  31. Good post, Springman. Your Orioles are beautiful but the Grackle in flight just blew me away!

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  32. A lesson in love Springman - I do love the Bokeh look, however I appreciate your remark regarding that sometimes images lack 3 dimension.

    You can take an image of a plain looking bird but with a great bokeh behind the subject it can spring to life and some of the dull looking appearance suddenly shows wonderful detail

    Dave

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  33. Beautiful shots, love the effect.

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  34. I love your explanation and illustration of bokeh. The grackle shot is a perfect example.

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  35. Great post with excellent images!!!
    Best regards,

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  36. Dear Springman, it's been a little while, work was crazy and then we were on vacation for three weeks, so I've been away from the blog world... but it is always pure pleasure to drop in here and see what you've been up to. May your bokeh always be bountiful, as your birds are beautiful...

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