Pine Cone Bokeh | "Get Down Low"

When I took this picture I was very happy because the boken in it was so beautiful. Bokeh [pronounced "boh-kay"] according to Wikipedia "is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens." So while this looks nice, it's actually a hard thing to master at times. Bokeh comes from your aperture settings in your camera. I'll explain aperture at another time, but basically, the wider your aperture is (the bigger the hole is in the lens), the more blur in your photo. This picture below was taken at an aperture of f/1.4--that's pretty open! Because it's so open, if I happened to focus in on the wrong thing, it's possible that my subject could be blurry as well. It takes practice to get the shot right--I mess up on this often, so don't expect to become an expert overnight.

For this picture I had to get down pretty low to take the shot. If I remember correctly, we were playing disc golf and between my turn and someone else's, I laid down on the ground and played around with my settings and pictures of the pine cones. I looked silly, but I obviously didn't care enough. :)

I invite you to go out and get down low and take some shots of something! It will be fun. And besides, it's Friday, so you have the weekend ahead of you! If you do it, send it to me so I can see what you get! Have fun! 

-Ashley