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The Richmond Photography Meetup Group Message Board RPMG Discussion Forum › If you want a Christmas Challenge... For December!

If you want a Christmas Challenge... For December!

A former member

Christmas is that time of year a lot of us dread. Senseless commercialism and television commercials with luxury cars on snow driveways with a gigantic bows on top and the perfect husband and wife on tv.. It is enough to scream HUMBUG at the top of one's lungs!
However, it is also a nice time a year when winter starts and Christmas lights adorn trees ( and the adorable cats which provide hours of amusement ). Thus, I thought it would be fun to re-surrect an old challenge for your own fun. There will be no winners, and there will be no contest with this. This is purely for YOUR fun only ( as will all future monthly challenges be henceforth ).
Thus for the month of December, we will be enjoying the beauty of making your own bokeh.

Cat sculture with bokeh fish - photographed by Ashley Norman, 2009

Bokeh is a Japanese word which means "blur" or "haze", or boke-aji (ボケ味), the "blur quality". That is, when an imagine is a bit out of focus light tends to form a shape ( most noticeable in objects bright and out in the background ). The shapes tend to be round octagonal in shape ( with shallow DOF ). however, with a little creativity - you can create or manipulate bokeh for a wide variety of creative applications!

You can read more about bokeh here: http://en.wikipedia.o...

Our project is - make your OWN bokeh-maker! Yes, that is right. Make your own shape. It can be in the shape of a heart or a dog, or even a rocketship. The process is relatively simple and takes little if any time to do. You will need construction paper ( or cardstock ), a fairly sharp exacto knife, and some tape! Here are the directions on how to create your own bokeh-maker: http://www.diyphotogr...

I challenge you to be creative. The best shots will evoke feeling and mood. Be creative and try new bold things!!!

Please upload 3-5 submissions in the following photo album: ­

-Robbie López
Your RPMG Organizer

A former member
Post #: 53
not sure if it is me or what, but none of the links seem to work. fwiw, my i'net connection is ok because links to and fro other sites are working fine.

tks >^.^<
A former member
Post #: 352

Not sure why they did not post.
A former member
Post #: 13
Below is a great youtube video on How to Make a Bokeh. It's a free video from the N-Photo Magazine.­
A former member
Post #: 266
This sounds really interesting. Once things die down (we're doing Christmas THIS weekend), I may have to try this. What an odd idea to cover the lens. Love it!
A former member
Post #: 54
I'm two days away from completing my 365 project, where I have documented snow globes for the past year. You can probably guess the shape I selected to experiment with. It was fun playing with hearts, too.
A former member
Post #: 360
Learned alot from last year's challenge...Try it for the new memebers if you really want to learn and play!
A former member
Post #: 4
Very new to DSLR and really doing more than point an shoot. So here it is:­
Not really ready to enter any kind of challenge, but gave it a try. Of course I pushed it and made a lens cover that I could very quickly change the patterns. I build a little slide strip that I put a few other cut outs on. Just for fun. It kind of worked. I used a punch cut out that I found at walmart for .20 cents. I got a bat and tree cut out too, but they didn't work to well. I will figure it out. I think my DoF needs to be changed on the others to work or it could be the lens I was using. Not sure but hope to be ready by the next time this comes up. Thanks for the Challenge. It's made me look at things in a different light, no pun intended.
A former member
Post #: 68
This was harder than I thought it would be...not making the bokeh filter, that was pretty easy (I even made mine so that I could switch out different shapes in the same "hood"), but the execution of the photo. It was hard to get a manual focus and then take a picture of a moving subject! Just about every shot I took was blurry, even the ones that didn't have my boys in them. I wish I'd opened the present with the new tripod in it earlier in the day, that would have helped tremendously!
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