BPG 52 Week Challenge: Bokeh

Continuing the weekly challenges for the Brighton Photographers Group on Facebook. The rules are simple, one image per theme (unless otherwise stated) and ideally shot the same week as the theme (ie no submitting from archives).

When I think of bokeh, I think of out-of-focus twinkly lights, so naturally I wanted to try something different. I double-checked the definition and it’s “the effect of a soft out-of-focus background that you get when shooting a subject, using a fast lens, at the widest aperture, such as f/2.8 or wider.” So, it’s the aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph.

I noticed this mushroom had sprung up on our lawn, and thought it might make a good subject with a shallow depth-of-field. I tried a few angles with different backgrounds (all taken low to the ground) and it turned out that, for me, backlit was best.


Shot on Fuji X100T with the Velvia film simulation.
Further tweaks in Lightroom Classic.
23mm | 1/1700 sec | f/2.8 | ISO 200

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