I love bokeh (that soft blurry background pronounced like "bouquet") that you get when you use a larger f-stop. But even with that beautiful softness in the background, I found I liked the photos better when I chose the coloring of the background.
While this photo has a lovely blurring in the background, there was just too much going on in the background.
Looking at this photo, I wished I had moved just a little so the blurry branch wasn't behind the photo.
The bark of the tree looked like a good possibility...
...So I moved around and put the tree bark behind the flower instead of the greenery.
I love the subtle blur of bright green in the corner of this one.
Two of my favorites this morning were the beautiful blue sky blur behind the pink flowers.
And the gorgeous rich darkness (from the dark woods far in the background) contrasting against the whiteness of the flowers.
1. Think about what is behind the subject as well as the subject itself.
ASSIGNMENT - Take some photos being fully aware of what is in the backgrounds.
- 1 Photo a Day....makes me happy (and a better photographer) Bonnie McCaffery (always a student)