Ditch Auto Weekly Photography Challenge Week 9 Bokeh

Week #9 – Bokeh Effect- Photo Challenge

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Our last two photo challenges have been a little basic, so now it is time to step it up again. This week’s photo challenge is Bokeh. The Bokeh Effect in photography is achieved by using a wider aperture which produces a shallow depth of field. With a shallow depth of field, the background is blurred. The Bokeh Effect happens in the lens when the lens tries to render the out of focus shapes in the background. The size and shape of the bokeh can vary depending on the shape of the iris of your lens and the size and shape of the lighter objects in the background. Bokeh usually happens in lighter areas of your photo.

In this challenge, I want you to find something interesting to be your main subject. You can see in the image samples below and in the challenge video that I have achieved bokeh in many different ways. Bokeh does not have to be in the background, it can even be in the foreground while your in-focus subject is in the background.

Have fun with this week’s challenge. Introduce light in a different way and see what you can do when that light is out of focus.

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Upload your Week #9 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1449601018397095&type=1

If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge

Here are a few example photos of the bokeh effect I have taken.

Bokeh Effect Borgi Dog Photo

Sony a6500 + Zeiss Loxia 35mm – 1/800, f/2, ISO 320

Bokeh Effect Emerson Knife

Sony a6500 + 55mm f/1.8 FE – 1/160, f/1.8, ISO 2500

Bokeh Effect Knife and Grass

Sony a7rII + 85mm GM Lens – 1/5000, f/1.4, ISO 80

Bokeh Effect NASCAR Fuel Jug

Sony a7 Mark 2 + Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 – 1/1600, f/0.95, ISO 50

Bokeh Effect NASCAR Pitcrew

Sony a7 Mark 2 + Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 – 1/1600, f/0.95, ISO 50

Bokeh Effect High School Senior Portrait

Sony a7rII + 70-200mm GM Lens – 1/200, f/2.8, ISO 160

Bokeh Effect Spyderco Paramilitary 2 Knife

Sony a6500 + 55mm f/1.8 FE – 1/1000, f/1.8, ISO 200

Bokeh Effect Tractor in the Grass

Sony a5100 + Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 – 1/1250, f/0.95, ISO 100

Bokeh Effect Vineyard

Sony a7rII + Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 – 1/8000, f/0.95, ISO 125

Bokeh Foreground Effect Wedding Photo

Sony a7rII + 70-200mm GM Lens – 1/2500, f/2.8, ISO 320

Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and take new photos.

Feel free to take all week to work on this challenge. There is no hurry. The reason I am launching new challenges on Monday is so that you have all week to think about the challenge and how you want to execute it in the form of a photo.

If you have not already, please watch the Ditch Auto Weekly Photo Challenge kick-off video and the rules video to better understand what this challenge is about. See those videos here: https://gearandlight.com/ditchauto/announcing-ditch-auto-weekly-photo-challenge/

When you have created the image you want to submit for the challenge, return to the Facebook group and upload it as a comment under the post for this challenge. This challenge will be pinned to the group all week, so it should be the top most post in the group.

If you post your photo or other photos from the challenge to your social media profiles such as Instagram, make sure to use the hashtag #DitchAutoChallenge in your post.

Good luck! If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments below this post or on Facebook in the group under the post for this week’s challenge. I am super excited to see what you all come up with. I will be out doing this challenge with all of you this week. See you in the Facebook Group.

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