Saturday, July 19, 2008

Bokeh in the bouquet

I recently learned what bokeh means on a post written by Miz Booshay (Donna Boucher) over at Pioneer Woman's Photography site.
Bokeh is pronounced bow-kay or bow-keh and it refers to that lovely out-of-focus light and all the different shapes and colors you see in the background of photos taken with a digital camera. It is created by light and and the glass in your lens and distance and wind and focus. It's a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image.

Ok. Got all that? Well, when I opened this series of photos up in Photoshop this evening, I noticed the wonderful bokeh in the top picture in this post. I took this one lying on the ground, looking up with the camera and the walnut tree was in the background with the light coming through the leaves. And this is what I got. And this is what I'm sharing with you today. I also put another shot of the Queen Anne's lace on my other blog, A Picture A Day. I just really like how they all look.
Meanwhile, back on the farm, my husband is feeling his way through his first full week of work here. He'd been working outside in the blazing sun and the sweltering humidity these past two days and I was pleased to hear him tell me that the owner came out this afternoon to find him to see how he was faring in the heat. He said he smiled at her and said he was just fine. "I'm a survivor," is what he told her.
Things are gonna be ok. And even though he didn't jump for joy when I showed him the dinner of gorgeous steamed Maryland crabs I brought home with me today, I had a nice little meal of them myself. Damn, they were good.


abb said...

Queen's Ann's Lace - named after me! (I wish!) Such a beautiful flower! And so well taken. Haven't been over to PW so learned something new from you, Kate. The bokeh many time MAKES the picture. Glad to know what it's called.

So very happy to hear it's going as well as it is for your husband - survivor - lots to be said for that! And how nice for you...Maryland crabs....nuthin' better!

You have your happy voice back! Nearly complete! Yeah!

Shimmy Mom said...

Good for you, the crabs sound yummy, even though I'm not usually a sea food gal. Your pics are great as always. I love bokeh I think it makes pictures pop because you only really see the subject.

I'm so glad that your hubby is doing well

Mary said...

Beautiful bouquet bokeh! Say that five times fast...

I'm off for the shore. So glad to hear your husband is doing well. Catch you later, alligator. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh I just love Queen Ann's Lace! I am going to have to see If I can find some today. I am so glad your husband is settling in to his job nicely. It was a hot one yesterday! Gonna be even hotter today. Stay cool!

dlyn said...

It is Queen Anne'a lace week on the internet! You will see why I say that later on next week! ;)

Jeannelle said...

Thank you for the "bokeh" info! Your photos are lovely.....I actually took some photos of Queen Anne's Lace, too, this morning....trying to catch that little dark red blossom in the middle.

Glad to hear your hub's new job is going well so far. I feel for is SO humid, here, too. Just like a sauna. Ugh.

Life on an Island said...

Your new place looks grand. I hope you feel at home right away. Nice cover of George. He really is famous you know... more than most dogs.

Happy Saturday.

Anonymous said...

I read you every day, even if I don't always comment. And I love George !!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

pics are beautiful and I never knew what that was called but cool to learn (sort of learn:D ) I woudl love the crabs makes me drool thinking about them :)
Hugs Laura

Tracey said...

Hi, I just stumbled across your blog. Sometimes I get so involved I can't remember how I got here.
I am glad I did though. Love it!
Your photographs are beautiful!
Have a great day,

Country Girl said...

Thanks, everyone. And welcome to Tracey. Glad you ended up here! Please come back to visit.

Pony Girl said...

Okay, so is Bokey not intentional? Can you make it happen or is it just a by-product of certain photos? I think it happens more with SLR's digitals, not with point and shoot cameras?
NICE shots, by the way!

Anonymous said...

I love playing around to get some nice creamy bokeh in photos. These are wonderful.