Posts Tagged: shallow depth of field

Dripping In Fall

Sometimes I wish it was fall all year long.  You know when you are on a long country drive and you want to go anywhere but home, because you just don’t want the feeling to end? On that road the leaves barrel down towards the window in a storm of auburn rust. One-by-one making their mark, holding on to the outside of the window, showcasing their beauty, individually, before velocity changes their direction. Leaves are the snowflakes of autumn.   They twirl down from the tops of trees, spiraling to the ground, landing in various positions, exposed.  Together they make a tapestry of color on the grass that was not so long ago  lush and green.  In each one you can see a beauty that is unlike any other.  Prior to this they spent chlorophyll-ed days, part of a grandiose beauty, swaying in the warm summer breeze. Now, one by one, they leap begging to be noticed. I know there aren’t enough days in this season to see the complete glory of fall.  One country drive isn’t enough, and that’s why I allow myself to lie on the ground, dripping in fall.


Picture It Outside of the Box {Week 4}

Oh la la!  I loved seeing all of you holding your gorgeous tools of the trade.  There’s just something about it that makes my heart pitter-patter!

Here’s the submission showcase for the week:

Sassy Irish Lassie

hold it

Aunt With Gum

Paddy Cake Jakers Mom

Self portrait
Hearts Into Home

The challenge for {Week 4} of “Picture It Outside of the Box” is:

Let’s Be Bokeh-licious


Here are a couple of examples:


The Challenge: How It Works

  • Each week, on Friday, I announce the “Picture It Outside of the Box” photo challenge theme.
  • You can submit a photo for the theme by the following THURSDAY. Enter your direct link (to your blog post with the photo in it or your photo on Flickr) in the thumbnail McLinky Tool at the bottom of the post. Keep in mind the linky-loo will close down on Thursday at 12:00 AM EST.
  • FIVE submissions from my readers will be showcased on Friday, and the new theme will then be revealed.
  • Basically: you play along, you have fun, we show each other our awesome photos, we share inspiration….it’s a win-win situation!
  • Visiting fellow photo challenge players is highly encouraged!

Ready. Set. Shoot.



Check out the following 10 new and free Photoshop tutorials for all photographers and designers.

Bokeh Effect

I deliberately shot this set of Benjamin and David, on the trampoline, wide open because I can’t seem to get off f/1.4 this week.  And, look at all the beautiful, scrumptious, delectable bokeh.  It’s better than *Halloween candy, in my opinion.


Exposure Mode: Manual
Focal Legnth: 50mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1600th
Aperture: f/1.4
ISO: 400

*Noting can really replace Halloween candy, but I swore it all off, the day before Halloween, when I ate a billion pieces and had a major sugar rush and subsequent crash.   So, photography and bokeh are being used as my “drug”, so-to-speak.

Weekly Winners XXXXXI

Camera Used: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi
Lenses Used: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 & 50mm f/1.4


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