Snappy H’appy #1: Bokeh – Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera Daisy meets Bokeh.

I am pleased to announce that I am co-hosting a new challenge with Weliveinaflat.com. It’s pretty awesome… it’s all about picking your very best photo of the week and submitting it… and then if you want, using an app to edit it for the theme of the week. Check out the guidelines here. My friend JX at weliveinaflat is really stretching me to learn more editing techniques using apps and I’m really excited. Let’s see what I can do with this gerbera daisy.

This week’s treatment is Bokeh.

Bokeh describes the rendition of out-of-focus points of light.

Bokeh is different from sharpness. Sharpness is what happens at the point of best focus. Bokeh is what happens away from the point of best focus.

Bokeh describes the appearance, or “feel,” of out-of-focus areas. Bokeh is not how far something is out-of-focus, bokeh is the character of whatever blur is there.

Ken Rockwell

Please refer to JX’s post about Bokeh, she has a wonderful description and ideas on how to create your own bokeh effects.

As for me, first I present what I consider the best photo I took this week, the underside of a daisy from the fresh bouquet my husband gave me over the weekend.

gerbera daisy

Gerbera daisy shot with an iPhone 4 and sharpened with Pixlr Express. © Meghan aka FireBonnet 2014

This original image actually has some natural bokeh, but I chose to do more. Here is the same photograph edited in Pixlr Express, adding a softened bokeh effect.

gerbera bokeh

I used the bokeh overlay in Pixlr Express called Night and rotated it so the majority of the light was on the petals. © Meghan aka FireBonnet 2014

In the second image I imagine fairies are dancing beneath the gerbera daisy and their light shines on the underside of the petals of the flower.

Please join me and Weliveinaflat.com with our first Snappy H’appy Challenge. Head over there to find out the guidelines for this first challenge AND to add your entry for the week. She has some wonderful information about bokeh.

As always I welcome your comments on this and any other part of my blog.

FireBonnet

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25 thoughts on “Snappy H’appy #1: Bokeh – Gerbera Daisy

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  14. sassmuffins

    I decided to participate in the challenge this week. Love your bokeh photo, and of course am now visualizing the beautifully winged fairies dancing underneath the oversized daisy petals!

  15. Meghan Post author

    Thanks Sonel… It’s my Valentine’s Day image I think. Ooooo now there’s an idea… maybe time for some text and a quick print for hubby.

  16. Meghan Post author

    Thanks! Yes, we have a lot of fairies playing at our home. I extended the bokeh experiments with my post for Sonel’s photo editing, droplets. It’s posting soon.

  17. weliveinaflat

    Love the natural bokeh in the first picture Meghan 🙂 Never know daisies come with so many fairy blessings under their petals. very sweet husband, you have! 🙂 Thanks for co-hosting. It certainly is fabulous to have you on board!

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  19. Meghan Post author

    I don’t know what kind of smart phone you have, but I believe Pixlr Express is available for both android and iphone. I know it’s on iphone because I use it there.

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