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Featured Photo Wednesday – Pekka Nikrus

This is such an inspirational story… To look inward and see who we are, to see what we can see, to take that and create magic exactly the way we see it. So take a moment to think internally who are you, what do you bring to photography that no one else can, we are each special in our own way… be you…

I couldn’t stop when I looked at this weeks featured photo, I had to keep going and look at the entire set. Incredibly amazing photographs! Thank you for sharing with us Pekka!

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Pekka Nikrus

I got my glasses when I was about ten. From there it took over thirty years before I was hit by the thought of thinking about my myopia as something else than a limitation. One evening, as I was out walking with my Nikon D300, it suddenly hit me. What good could there be in being nearsighted? I looked around me over my glasses and concentrated in what I really saw. I saw colors. I saw lights. I saw an abstract environment as if I was totally engulfed by bokeh. And I loved it! Suddenly I realized that I can see, without the help of my camera, what would look good as a blurry image.

Exploring this new understanding of my vision disorder lead to a whole lot of experimenting. One project, which I call Nearsightseeing, started out as documentation of places in my hometown as I’d experience them without my glasses. I shot multiple exposures in twilight to catch a rich tapestry of blurry tones and light bubbles including both a bit of natural light and urban artificial lighting. Lazy as I am, I usually don’t carry a tripod with me so I take full use of the vibration reduction on my lens, which also compensated for my shaking, when I shot photos in the cold of darkening winter evenings.

This particular image from January 2010 is one of my favorites because I find it to be a very beautiful rendition of a district in Helsinki which, viewed with good eyes or through glasses, can at times feel quite gloomy.

I post a lot of images to my Flickr account, but also collect some bit pieces to a Behance portfolio and my photoblog. Also I have a Facebook page to which I collect most of my visual web presence.

A Bokeh of Beauty!

These are my favorite, a beautiful image with a shallow depth of field. A Bokeh of beauty! These photographer’s are amazing. Taking the time to stop and capture the image in the most creative way! The light in the background, the composition – love!

One of the things I love about photography is it helps us slow down, to look around the world we live in and see the beauty that surrounds. Thank-you for sharing these moments with us!

Dirk Wandel

Dirk Wandel


Gill Harle


Ludovica M. B.

Michael Cessna

Michael Cessna

Oskay Batur

Oskay Batur





Raven Photography

Raven Photography by Jenna Goodwin



Jenny Esposito

Jenny Esposito

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Shallow Depth of Field – LBD Photography

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography #34 Shallow Depth of Field (Bokeh)

This week we’re going to practice capturing a more shallow depth of field. This was one of the hardest concepts for me to understand when I first started. The first part clicked first – Aperture – o.k. if you use a larger aperture you will have a shallow depth of field so f/2.8 will yield a more shallow depth of field compared to a smaller aperture like f/22

The second part took a bit more time to comprehend. You have to know what lens you’re using as well as the relation between yourself and the subject! It takes time to understand and a lot of patience, but after awhile you will start to connect with your lenses. You will start to think that way. You will think I have my 50mm lens on, but my subject is 15 feet in front of me. You will automatically know you’re not going achieve a crazy shallow depth of field with that lens and your subject that far away. So either you need to switch lenses or start walking, move in closer to your subject.

This photograph was taken around 5ish the other evening. Before dinner we drove up the south hills to see what the valley looked like. Right now there are fires burning in the surrounding areas creating a valley of smoke.


The lock was on the gate in front of me, if I looked up this is what it looked liked to the West of Missoula towards Lolo. The air is thick with smoke right now, you open your front door to the smell of a camp fire. Last night the rains came for a bit, but not enough to put out the fires. Every August smoke fills the air, some years worse than others. When the smoke comes you will find the bridge downtown lined up with people and cameras capturing some pretty spectacular sunsets in the smoke filled haze of the setting sun.


I found a great video tutorial on Depth of Field!

Goes into excellent detail explaining how to achieve more shallow depth of field in your image. One of the best shallow depth of field explanations I have ever watched about the relation between:

1. Aperture
2. Focal Length
3. Distance between the camera and the subject

And he touches on how your sensor plays a part too…

Remember you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Amazing Christmas Bokeh Photographs

Bokeh for Christmas for the assignment this week! Christmas is a great time to practice your shallow depth of filed shots since there are so many beautiful lights to put in your background. I went looking for some inspiring examples of bokeh and found some! Thank you to all of you who shared your pictures with us today!




anton.slavi – hera




Kristina Servant

Tim Regan

Tim Regan

David Boldery

David Boldery






Thank-you for sharing your lovely photos!

All photographs appearing on this site are the property of their respective owner. They are protected by Copyright Laws, and are not to be downloaded or reproduced in any way without the written permission of their respective owners.


Learn by Doing Photography – Christmas Bokeh

Assignment #54 Add a little Bokeh to Christmas Take a picture of anything, but get those lights to twinkle in the background!

What does Bokeh mean?

In photography, bokeh is the blur, the out-of-focus areas in an image. Bokeh occurs for parts of the picture that are outside the depth of field.

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How do I get my pictures to have Bokeh?

The more you learn about depth of field vs shallow depth of field, you realize how much more there is to learn. But here are a few basic bokeh tips to help get you started!

1. Larger aperture usually works best. That is why the Canon 50mm 1.8 is perfect for these images. You can’t help but have a shallow depth of field when you open wide.

2. The closer you are to your subject, the better. If you’re using the 50mm get real close.

3. If you are using a zoom lens take it to it’s longest focal length and give it a try

4. Keep your subject away from the background. You will get more bokeh if your subject has some distance between them and the background. For instance if you place your subject right next to a light that light will be pretty in focus. If you move your subject forward so there is distance between the subject and the light, then the light will be blurred. The light has to be outside the depth of field.

Here is a good tutorial I found from CameraLabs:


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Learn by Doing – Bokeh at Christmas

First off I need to clarify these are not my pictures, but my 14 year old niece who took these using my camera! She has always showed an interest in photography and has an amazing eye. Last year we went on a hike together both with camera in hand. I was amazed at the things she saw that I didn’t even notice to take a picture of. My favorite was a puddle of water she took with a reflection of the Rocky Mountains within the puddle. I saw the puddle, but not the reflection.

As I go through my pictures this morning from Christmas Eve I want her to have credit  for these two pictures.   I am so proud of that girl!  The two of us discussed photography that night and she showed me the pictures she recently took with her droid which were amazing!

Great job!

Assignment #4 – Bokeh at Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Since today is Christmas I wanted to do an assignment that involved Christmas! So let’s find our ho ho spirit as well as a Christmas tree for this weeks assignment. If you don’t have a tree don’t worry just find a background with lights.

Assignment – Let’s take a picture with a Bokeh effect.

When I say Bokeh I am referring to the area out of the focus range which looks blurred. The light ares in the blurred background takes on the shape of the lens diaphragm.

How do we do this:

1. Turn your camera onto aperture priority

2. Use your largest aperture – so turn the f stop to the lowest number on your camera.

3. If the picture is to dark turn up your ISO, but leave your aperture where you set it.

4. Make sure there is some distance between your subject and your background. Focus on your subject and take the picture.

Merry Christmas!