Sunday, July 1, 2012

From writing to photography, Day 1 (Self-portrait)

For those of you that have been following my posts in June, I am not so much a writer but more a photographer (or so I fancy myself).  Google, being the wonderful thing that is, helped me find United Kingdom blogger Debumere Life Begins at 30.  She is hosting a photography challenge with today's prompt being "self-portrait"  I've jazzed up my portrait with effects from the site  So this is my scraggly patriotic self.  I just re-read the rules and no photo-shopped images ... I promise not to photo-shop (except for today's post and Day 3).

Mr. VZ is trying to convince me we should become ex-pats (ex-patriots) international migrants, then I would be thrift shop commando on the road.

Day 20's interesting prompt of the photograph challenge is "bokeh."  I had no idea what that word meant until I Googled it.  The Wikipedia definition is:

In photographybokeh (Originally play /ˈbkɛ/,[1] play /ˈbk/ boh-kay — also sometimes heard as play /ˈbkə/ boh-kə,[2] Japanese: [boke]) is the blur,[3][4] or the aesthetic quality of the blur,[5][6][7] in out-of-focus areas of an image. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light".[8] However, differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting—"good" and "bad" bokeh, respectively.[3] Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions.
Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas.[3] However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.

Commando thrift shopping was a resounding success yesterday.  Here are the highlights of the finds, wrapping paper 4 for $1.  

A Christmas table cloth (25 cents), some pheasant notecards (25 cents), pink sunglasses (25 cents), Pirates of Caribbean at World's End "Pirates Forever" pink striped tank top ($1.50) and Favorite Recipes of California Winemakers published in 1968 (will be an interested read).  

The Songs of Peace & Love, published in 1968.  I went through three large stack of piano and organ music to find peace and love.

When the other photography challenge participants are known, I'll provide a link back.


Linda said...

I'm going to find it hard sticking to the rules every photo I take now has an effect on it, time to go au natural! Loving your day one self portrait. Boke in Northern Ireland vocab translates as Vomit "I'm going to boke" I'm going to vomit or "You give me the boke" you make me feel sick, glad I know the proper photography term, no-one wants to see photos of that! x

Linda Medrano said...

I love the self portrait! Very nice! I cannot believe you are doing this again! You are a champ, Tami!

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