Mailbox Quote # 277

Mailbox secrets

Mailbox secrets

“Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.”

Johnny Carson (American comedian)

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The three sisters Quote #242

Threesome

Threesome

“You know full well as I do the value of sisters’ affections: There is nothing like it in this world.”

CHARLOTTE BRONTE

Walking in my backyard I noticed these tulips. I liked the way the three flowers lined up. Focused on the closest one to get the most delicate details and let the other two being out of focus to provide a pleasant background.

Bokeh #100

What is bokeh?

Bokeh is a Japanese word meaning blur or haze. In photography it means the aesthetic quality and feeling of the smooth, fuzzy, blurred, hazy, out-of-focus background or foreground not competing with the main subject. Bokeh could be defined as the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light. Very subjective quality and difficult to describe. When you see it, you know it.

Bokeh depends on:

1. Large aperture of the lens: f/1.8. f/1.4, f/1.2

2. Focal length of the lens: 85mm, 105mm, 200mm

3. Nine diaphragm blade lens

4. Distance of subject

5. Distance of background

Some lenses have famously excellent bokeh, including Nikon 85mm f/1.4 D or G (The cream machine), Nikon 105mm f/2.0 DC (defocus control), Nikon 135mm f/2.0 DC, Canon 50mm f/1.2, etc.

Let us look at a couple of sample images.

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f/1.8, 1/2500 sec, ISO 100, 85mm

Notice the smooth, blurred, pleasing background. The blur circles have smooth edges.

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f/3.2, 1/320 sec, ISO 100, 85mm

Look at the nice fuzzy foreground and background here.

Here are some great sites for further reading:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/bokeh.htm

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-achieve-better-bokeh-4-simple-tips

http://www.zeiss.com/c12567a8003b8b6f/embedtitelintern/cln_35_bokeh_en/$file/cln35_bokeh_en.pdf

In summary, Bokeh is a great photographic tool to make your pictures unique and

artistic.

Mother’s Day Aphorisms #95

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“Childrens are the anchors of a mother’s life.

SOPHOCLES

“Life began with waking up and  loving my mother’s face.”

GEORGE ELIOT

“All that I am, or hope to be. I owe to my angel mother.”

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lightening up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.”

HONORE DE BALZAC

“Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.”

ERIC FROMM

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”

THEODORE HESBURGH