Dgrin Mini-Challenge #265 - Bokeh and soft backgrounds

pegellipegelli Major grinsBelgiumPosts: 3,978Registered Users Major grins

There is a themed view ongoing to show bokeh and soft backgrounds. Looking through previous minis I didn't see this as a subject yet, so that will be it this time.
But to make it a little more challenging I would like to see the soft background as an essential part of the composition. This can be because a colour or shape gets repetited in the background, the soft shape(s) seen there frames the subject, the bokeh balls/rings/swirls complement the subject etc. etc. So I'm not just looking for any soft background but one that has a real function in the image.

This challenge will run until May 12, 19:00 pm Greenwich (UK) time

To get you thinking here's a few examples that would fit what I am looking for:

Yellow balls:

Cheers:

Leaning left, leaning right:

Good luck, and I'm looking forward to what you have to offer!

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Comments

  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKPosts: 6,132Super Moderators moderator
    edited April 23, 2018

    Great theme choice Pieter! Here are 3 of mine.

    1 Gulls Galore

    2 "Quack?"

    3 "A Bear going for a stroll" (not sure if this one qualifies under your instructions Pieter. Although the foreground is repeated in the soft background)

  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,005Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 22, 2018

    Good challenge, Pieter, especially with the extra criteria. Here are my three:
    (I hope they are in line with what you were thinking of)

    1) Tulips at the Hofgarten, Augsburg

    2) At the flea market

    3) Weeds...

  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,668Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 28, 2018

    I thought of one right away. Unfortunately I think I've used it here before.

    1. Bokah Xmas

    2. Breakfast (James Beard's French Toast)

    3. Selfie in 1964 - Portugal

    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 1,892Registered Users Major grins

    Ooh....love this subject. Here are my three entries:

    Sryinga (Idaho's state flower) with Palouse farm in the background.

    japanese Maple after a rain storm

    Deciduous bokeh

  • lkbartlkbart Wandering in left field~ Derby, KansasPosts: 1,451Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 24, 2018

    Great theme Pieter! Like that the additional soft background needs to have an impact, not just a typical shot. & lots of great shots already!!

    1. Oh Snapper!

    2. Fly Robin Fly!

    3. Raccoons are much better at climbing trees than cats, score: Raccoons 3; Cat 1

    ~Lillian~
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  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumPosts: 3,978Registered Users Major grins

    Thanks for the entries so far, all very worthy and in line with what I was looking for.

    There's still lots of time for more members to take part!

    Pieter, aka pegelli
    My SmugMug
  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESPosts: 7,958Registered Users Major grins

    FLY. On A. Fly

    Jeff W

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  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESPosts: 7,958Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 5, 2018

    FLY on a flying. It is really an ant

    Jeff W

    “PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE ‘JAZZ’ FOR THE EYES…”

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  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumPosts: 3,978Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 28, 2018

    I see the last one, thanks!

    Maybe the mods can delete the empty posts inbetween.

    Pieter, aka pegelli
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  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 133Registered Users Major grins

    @lkbart Awesome. So much drama in all three of your entries, I just love 'em :smile:

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  • lkbartlkbart Wandering in left field~ Derby, KansasPosts: 1,451Registered Users Major grins

    Thanks @kurzvorzwoelf! It's that curiosity thing! :)

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  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumPosts: 3,978Registered Users Major grins

    It's still open, would be good to get a few more entries.

    Thanks to everybody who posted (or added to their initial post) so far.

    Pieter, aka pegelli
    My SmugMug
  • sapphire73sapphire73 Major grins PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,670Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 12, 2018

    Great challenge, @Pegelli. I am hoping to post a few entries but not for judging. Our youngest son is getting married in a month, and we have added a puppy to our family! Busy times!

    Coming back to add two photos (not for judging).

    1) Crocus in Bloom

    2) The Old Dogwood Tree

  • puzzledpaulpuzzledpaul low down bum Posts: 1,612Registered Users Major grins

    2+ yrs ago I shot / took pics at my older daughter's wedding ... since using a 500 f4 would've posed a few headaches, I used the opportunity to suggest to mrs pp that 'I needed a more suitable lens' :)

    Curiousity
    This was one of the results during an early trial to get to grips with something wider than I normally use ...

    Gull(s) and buoys ... and a photobombing swan.

    Pair of tufties

    Ay up me duckies .. since I'm unsure whether a foreground bokeh'd element counts for this, I've added it just in case.
    If it does count, ignore the previous tufties pic, and vice versa.

    pp

  • DavidRGillespieDavidRGillespie Chilliwack, British Columbia, CanadaPosts: 91Registered Users Many Grins

    Neat Challenge. I think these qualify

    1. bleeding hearts

    2. camellia blossom (from my eye, the repetition is in the petals, but perhaps not what you are looking for?)

    3. red-osier dogwood "Mid-winter fire"

  • CHANDLERJACHANDLERJA Light Seeker Posts: 400Registered Users Major grins
    1. Kids gonna drop some food soon :#

    2. Grandmother <3

    3. Oh Crap! :o

    Jeromy
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    Light is everything in life and photography.
  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumPosts: 3,978Registered Users Major grins

    This mini is now closed. Thanks for all the entries. Bear with me, I'll try to post the results tomorrow.

    Pieter, aka pegelli
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