Brrrrrh! I admit I don’t venture out that much when the temperatures dip below my comfort zone. Every winter I make a new resolution to capture the beauty of winter. This year I’ll have extra incentive from the speaker at the special mid-month meeting on January 20th. John Pennoyer will give a presentation, “Winter Light; Winter Photography”. John will tell us that “there is no reason to put your camera away when the snow starts flying.” Winter is one of John’s favorite seasons to photograph. In this session he will discuss all aspects of winter photography, from correct exposure for the winter landscape to keeping your camera operating in cold weather and keeping yourself as comfortable as possible when the thermometer falls into the red zone!
‘Tis the Season will also be the topic for the January discussion salon and for the February competition salon. Photos that depict winter scenes or holiday scenes will qualify. Here are all the topic/assignments for 2016.
One of my favorite things during the holidays is to capture decorations. Christmas trees with those tiny lights makes it easy to capture images with bokeh. In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. To create bokeh position an object, or ornament in the foreground with points of light in the background. Shoot in aperture priority and use a small f/number like 2.8 or 4.0 or whatever the lens will allow. Focus on the foreground subject and the wide aperture will throw the background out of focus and will create bokeh. You may have to play around with the distance between the subject and the lights to get good results.
Just for fun!
Shaped bokeh is easy. Trace the front of the lens with pencil on black construction paper. Trim on the inside of the pencil lines to fit the lens and leave a small tab. Then in the center, with a craft knife cut out a shape, about 3/8” in diameter, such as a star or heart. When finished, press into the front of the lens.
See you at our year end celebration on Wednesday!