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LAPC: Bokeh – How to Blurry in a Hurry

Sofia has charge of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week and adds a little something to a close-up photo – a blurry background. Thanks for the great lesson, Sofia.

Two Ways to Blurry in a Hurry

Sofia works with the aperture, but I took these photos with an iPhone, so the backgrounds are blurry only because I got close to the plant.

I never realized how many of my close-up photos don’t have a blurry background. One of the reasons for that lapse is that some of my close-ups are made by cropping a distance picture to bring one item into focus. The rest remain in focus if there’s anything left after cropping.

Weeds Made More Beautiful by Bokeh

I think maybe my pictures may be too busy even with the bokeh. Most of them I took with my iPhone while I was out on a walk. One was taken in my backyard during a rainstorm – a rare opportunity to capture plants with water on them.

Statuesque Bokeh

#Thursday Doors, Sorry, No Bokeh

The first picture is weird enough without the addition of bokeh. I wished I could have blurred the person in the foreground. Vince did most of that for me. Dan Antion hosts Thursday Doors. He has opened my eyes to the beauty of doors.

Now it’s your turn.

Have fun with challenges today!

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  1. Although I often forget to use it, if you have a newer iPhone with the Portrait setting, it will bokeh the background to some extent. Also, pro tip (and by “pro”, I mean that I also live where there is little rain), try using a spray bottle with water in it to get the same effect as rain.


  2. The rain drops photo is my favourite, they really enhance plant and flower shots 🙂 But I guess you don’t get that many showers where you are? Of course you can always cheat and spray the plants before shooting!


  3. The droplets are a wonderful capture. Having a good lens helps but these days mobile phones do a decent job too, the trick being the distance between your focused and out-of-focused areas, as you shown. The bokehs you find too busy are probably still to close, increasing the distance will help.

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  4. Lovely photos. I like your closer up photo of the Pismo Hotel door. I posted one for Thursday Doors recently after visiting for my bday.


    • Isn’t that a beauty. I’ve never stayed there, but The courtyard and the door are fabulous for taking pictures. I’m sure there have been tons of weddings there.

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