Special thanks to Shawna for picking December's theme and for compiling the following information:
Bokeh (most commonly pronounced “bo-kay”) refers to the aesthetic quality of the out-of-focus areas, or blur, in a photograph. Bokeh ranges from the soft blurring of colours and shapes, to bright out-of-focus spots of light that sometimes become the subject of the photograph. [Shawna has] added a couple of photos as examples to help illustrate both ends of the spectrum – subtle vs prominent bokeh.
Wikipedia has a good description of bokeh, and there are many websites with definitions, technical tips, and lots of examples for inspiration. Here are a couple of articles I found helpful:
The holiday season should provide lots of opportunities to explore this theme!
As always, the contest rules are:
1) max 2 photos per paid member
2) photo must have been taken within 30 days of submission to qualify.
Please post your photos to this album: http://www.meetup.com/The-Edmonton-Shutter-Bugs/photos/11951422/