I started my adventures in bokeh (bokeh is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image) at Christmas. All those twinkling lights were irresistible and I spent many a frustrated evening, my camera on a tripod, trying to get a decent picture. Needless to say I was never that happy with the results (oh, how I can’t wait for Christmas this year to try again!). Things have progressed, namely that I enjoy taking portraits the most; I love the thrill of capturing a personality.
But most of all, I enjoy taking pictures of our children, trying to capture the essence of that personality within a relatively small time frame or within a constrained location. Bribery sometimes works, but not usually. I am lucky they are such willing subjects and indeed Ella is picking up photographic tricks as I learn them and has started to point out where there are opportunities for bokeh, interesting perspectives and depth of field; she has an amazing eye. But recently I have been combining my first interest in bokeh with my newer passion of portraits. The real challenge I have been setting myself is to combine the portraits and bokeh. It’s not always possible, but I get such a feeling of achievement when I manage it, those tingles up the spine when I get it right. Here are a couple of examples from the last few weeks.