Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Prairie Grasses and Bokeh

Bokeh (for the non-photography types who don't know) is a photography word that refers to the aesthetic qualities of the background blur one achieves with a given lens. Using my Canon 100-400mm zoom this past weekend at Armand Bayou Nature Center I was extremely pleased with how the bokeh in these shots of prairie grasses turned the backdrop of grasses into a smooth curtain of fall colors.

Title: "Prairie Grass 1"

Title: "Prairie Grass 2"

Title: "Prairie Grass 3"

Title: "Prairie Grass 4"

Camera / Lens: Canon 40D / Canon 100-400mm L zoom
Post-processing: Photoshop CS3 > Duplicate Background > Topaz Adjust plugin "Spicify" preset > Nik Viveza plugin to brighten the subject and darken the background


Larry J. Patrick said...

No doubt about it--#3 and #4 are my favorites. Why? Because they are so simple--subject and blurred background. Their simple composition make the colors come forward, which I like.

The only thing that might be missing is a Brian twist--maybe shoot with your camera at a different angle from the normal 90 or 180 degree position.

Really good job handling these subjects!

PS--You may be right (do not know) on his line of work, but wrong on why a log of people know him.

Barry Armer said...

Thanks for your comments Patrick!

I like 3 and 4 the most as well.

As far as the composition goes I was kind of limited by my objective of having prairie grass as the background. Two low or to high on the POV and I would have ended up with sky or ground in the shot. Does that address what you meant by your comment or, as I frequently do, did I miss your point?


Larry said...

Good job on the bunch. My fav is #1.

Anonymous said...

I think #3 & #4 do a better job of setting off your subject, but I like the background in #1. I like the idea that you can tell what the background is, but to me the effect better represents what bokeh is.

That's just my opinion. Everyone has one you know!