Anyhow, Lisa does this really cool effect where the background is blurred and the foreground is crystal clear and pops right off the page. It's a matter of fooling around with the aperture setting on the camera and a few other technical thingies that I won't bore you with (as well as not really being able to properly explain) that then produces either good bokeh or bad bokeh - not that to the untrained eye you can really tell the difference between good and bad bokeh but trust me, there's a difference according to all of the websites I've looked at!
As it turns out, I didn't manage to get either good or bad bokeh as I got no bokeh at all - just a soft or blurred background that I actually rather liked. The picture below is a weed - I think - but I rather liked the shape of it so I decided to try snapping a picture on aperture mode and then fooled around with it a little bit to turn it into what you see below:
Not knowing what kind of plant it really is, I'm going to call it a Starburst or a Fireworks Weed as it sort of reminds me of the type of fireworks that blow out from the center and then little bursts of light waterfall down. Oh, and that white blur in the background? That's my hand holding the darned thing still as it was pretty windy while I was trying to get the picture and the poor plant wouldn't hold still!
The reason I was playing with this weed and trying to see if I could get a bokeh effect is that I'm going to be photographing my very first wedding this coming Saturday for a couple of friends and I want to be able to get some shots for them using the blurred background effect as I see a lot of those on wedding photography sites and they always look really, really nice. I know I'm not a professional by any means and don't claim to be but the last thing I want to do is mess up the photography at a wedding - one of the most important days in a couple's relationship - however by the same token I don't want to produce simply the same-old same-old shots. Wedding pictures should be more than that.
I seem to do okay with landscapes and stationary objects but on Saturday I'll be taking photos of a couple in love on their special day and I want the pictures to reflect that so when they're celebrating their silver anniversary and beyond they can pull out their pictures and easily recall the moments when they said "I do" and became husband and wife - united in love and faith in each other.
Of course, it would be okay if they forgot the fact that I practiced for their wedding day using weeds!
Lastly, if I could ask you all a big favor ... right now the weather forecasters are predicting rain for Saturday which is totally unacceptable - especially consider Frank and Dawn are having an outdoor ceremony - so I was hoping I could get you all to send up good thoughts for good weather on Saturday. Maybe if there are enough people wishing for the same thing, Mother Nature will cooperate and send sunshine for the happy couple. Thanks in advance!