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Picture This! -- Our Next Assignment

Bokeh: Painterly Backgrounds Using Shallow Depth Of Field
Bokeh comes from the Japanese word for “fuzzy” and has come to mean the look of the area in an image at the least point of sharpness. You might call it a big, fat, and happy circle of confusion. Whatever it is the effect creates a painterly look to backgrounds that really can make some images sing. Some even claim that certain lenses yield more “pleasing” bokeh effects than others (usually those with more blades in the diaphragm). So send us your best bokeh shots and keep in mind that it’s all about shallow depth of field, and what sits in those fuzzy planes of focus.

This photo was made with a Nikon D40X and a Nikkor 12-24mm f/4 lens; exposure was f/4 at 1/400 sec at ISO 100.
© 2008, George Schaub, All Rights Reserved

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5) Please submit no more than three photos for consideration (4x6 up to 81/2x11).

Send your image and information to: Picture This! Shutterbug Magazine,
1419 Chaffee Dr., Suite #1
Titusville, FL 32780
Deadline for submission: April 15, 2009.
Images will appear in our July 2009 issue.
Our next topic: Macro World
Deadline: May 15, 2009
Publication Date: August, 2009

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