Bokeh Lights: Weekly Photography Challenge - Digital Photography School

Bokeh Lights: Weekly Photography Challenge


Image by Brandon Warren

This week your photography challenge is all about trying out the Christmas Lights Bokeh tutorial that we ran earlier in the week for yourself.

That tutorial has been spread across the web like crazy this week and I know a lot of our readers are trying it out – so show us what you’ve come up with.

I know not all of you celebrate Christmas but remember the technique will work with many types of lights. WIth some experimentation you can do it with candles, night skylines or almost any other type of light.

So read the tutorial and get a little inspired by the images in it and then give it a go and post your best results so we can all see how you went!

Once you’ve taken your ‘Bokeh Lights’ Images – choose your best 1-2, upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and either share a link to them or – embed them in the comments using the our new tool to do so.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSBOKEH to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Note: while we don’t mind you posting previous images that you’ve taken that fit this topic – the real point of these ‘challenges’ is to inspire you to go out and take NEW photos. So perhaps instead of just trawling through your old photos to find one that fits – grab that camera and go use it too!

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in last weeks DIY Lighting challenge where there were some great shots submitted.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some Older Comments

  • Karen January 25, 2013 07:00 am

    Rather late but here are some of my attempts

  • Ramneek Kalra December 14, 2012 06:01 pm

    I took this on 1st oct'12,

    Bokeh of lights behind as if underlined by the forground stretched spring

    In this one I focused on the sunrise visible behind the mountain visible in the due drop.

    Another view of same

    Sunrise right in front of you and dew drops on the grass.... a perfect combo for some macro bokeh shots
    here's one I tried...

    Do drop your comments / suggestions / likes...

  • Charu January 12, 2012 03:26 am

  • Jeet January 10, 2012 08:46 pm

    Who were the winners of this challenge? I never saw the results :(

  • Macey Hart January 5, 2012 03:57 am!/photo.php?fbid=217326158314631&set=a.216857535028160.53834.108927665821148&type=3&theater

  • Vijay January 4, 2012 01:08 am

    This was taken at XMAS Market at Bristol, UK.

    XMAS Market at Bristol

  • nicolae catalin cimpan January 2, 2012 10:13 pm

  • Ramkumar R January 1, 2012 11:15 am

  • Steve Coleman December 29, 2011 06:42 am

    Let's try this again

  • Steve Coleman December 29, 2011 06:40 am

    Shot this one on the street here in Tallahassee FL with a Pentax K10D equipped with Pentax 50mm f/2.8 Macro. It was blowing a little bit on the evening of the 25th so the rose isn't as sharp as I'd like.

  • thesonandheir December 28, 2011 10:48 pm

    This was taken @ Edinburgh Xmas Market, love the trees in the background :)

  • thesonandheir December 28, 2011 09:32 pm

    Took these this year, 200 white LEDs and 100 blue:)

  • Lisa December 28, 2011 04:20 pm

    DPS Photos

  • ASO December 27, 2011 11:02 pm

  • Jeet December 26, 2011 09:53 pm

    Apparently the post above is missing the pics n the link. Reposting:

    Trying out the bokeh filters as shown in the video. I changed the design slightly by cutting slots in the front to insert the different filters.

    For more of these images, please visit:

  • Tanvvi December 26, 2011 03:54 pm

  • whatwasigoingtosay December 25, 2011 11:08 am

    My attempt...

  • Jeet December 25, 2011 10:14 am

    Trying out the bokeh filters as shown in the video. I changed the design slightly by cutting slots in the front to insert the different filters.


    For more, please see the album here:

  • andrei December 25, 2011 08:36 am

  • tjade December 25, 2011 01:39 am

    Had some fun last night trying this out for the first time. Check out my results!

  • Nforcr December 25, 2011 12:20 am

  • robertmichaelparker December 24, 2011 09:56 pm

    Points of a Star

  • chang beom sin December 24, 2011 02:11 pm

    this is a cute bear

  • chang beom sin December 24, 2011 02:09 pm

    there is little humor in this picture

  • chang beom sin December 24, 2011 02:08 pm

    Blood bokeh(?)

  • Colleen December 24, 2011 11:46 am

  • Archideep December 24, 2011 02:52 am

    Hi all,
    Here's one more...

  • Archideep December 24, 2011 02:42 am

    Hi all,
    Here's mine...

  • Abigail Gossage December 24, 2011 02:14 am

    First try at posting to DPS; Merry Christmas everyone!


  • Simon December 23, 2011 07:25 pm

    Having recently purchased my first DSLR I submit my humble effort for your perusal

  • PawelW December 23, 2011 07:17 pm

    hey Tim, did you read info below?
    "Note: Maximum image width should be 620 pixels." it's about embedded pictures :) maybe this is the issue

  • EddieO December 23, 2011 05:53 pm

  • Janna December 23, 2011 03:43 pm
    A summer Xmas...

  • Thea December 23, 2011 03:16 pm

    Here is one of my first attempts with my kids :-)

  • John Watts December 23, 2011 02:18 pm

    First attempts at bokeh.

  • Sue December 23, 2011 01:39 pm

  • Emily December 23, 2011 01:32 pm

  • Becca Atwood December 23, 2011 01:15 pm <-- day 15, post. Bokeh! Check it out!

  • Becca Atwood December 23, 2011 01:13 pm

    On my post, "day 15", I share my bokeh photography.

  • Soo Sing December 23, 2011 12:26 pm

    Here's mine

  • Gary Paakkonen December 23, 2011 11:54 am

    Headlight Bokeh shot last weekend in Breslau, Ontario

    Christmas tree Bokeh from last year

  • Julie Kittredge December 23, 2011 08:58 am

    Fun with heart shaped bokeh!!

    My "how to" and experimentation process with heart bokeh

  • Jo-Ann O'Malley December 23, 2011 04:06 am
    My first attempt with a lens good enough to capture bokeh

  • Criss December 23, 2011 03:30 am

  • Simon Kitt December 22, 2011 11:53 pm

    Had a play around with a home made Bokeh filter and my 50mm f/1.8.

    Here's the result:

  • Techmine December 22, 2011 02:17 pm

  • Phil Rooks December 22, 2011 12:58 pm

    This is my first attempt at bokeh. Watched the video for shapes, figured i could do that too. here's the results:

  • SumPics December 22, 2011 11:15 am

    The link is

  • SumPics December 22, 2011 11:14 am

    Posting with Internet Explorer to see if it is different. Image might follow:
    or it might not

  • SumPics December 22, 2011 11:11 am

    This is my umpteenth attempt to post this photo. The image follows:


  • SumPics December 22, 2011 09:46 am

    This time with link

    [eimg link='' title='Christmas Lights' url='']

    At least the last one included the text of my post, although the picture still isn't there.

  • SumPics December 22, 2011 09:40 am

    Trying to post again with embedded picture.

  • KathyH December 22, 2011 08:09 am

    Tried to embed the picture, but that didn't work for some reason. So here is the link:

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  • inkid December 22, 2011 03:28 am

    Portrait & bokeh
    [eimg url='' title='6502610757_f3e28367da_z.jpg']

    Canon & bokeh
    [eimg url='' title='6497698915_7a0312b407_z.jpg']

  • Aisha December 22, 2011 03:03 am

    Okay, didn't seem to work the first time. Trying again...

    [eimg link='' title='Biscuits..' url='']

  • SumPics December 22, 2011 02:53 am

    I can post a text only comment, but when I try to include a link or use the image adding link below it seems the comments do not post. Here is another attempt at posting my image.

    [eimg link='' title='Christmas Lights' url='']

  • irina December 22, 2011 12:42 am

  • Aisha December 21, 2011 11:56 pm

    Here's my recent shot:

  • Giorgio December 21, 2011 10:12 pm

    [eimg link='' title='Merry You !' url='']

  • Rachel December 21, 2011 08:26 pm

  • John Smith December 21, 2011 04:54 pm

    Here's my try at this weeks challenge, I took several but this is the best.

  • Jeet December 21, 2011 04:15 pm

    @Tim: The 1st one is unavailable, second one seems like a thumbnail.

  • Brett December 21, 2011 04:07 pm

    [eimg link='' title='Deck the Halls with Danbo' url='']

    [eimg link='' title='154/365' url='']

  • SumPics December 21, 2011 02:46 pm

    Are there instructions somewhere for posting to these pages?

  • John Smith December 21, 2011 01:41 pm

    This is my try, I took several but this one is the best. Enjoy and thanks for looking

    [eimg url='' title='6529571627_7b7b6b47ee.jpg']

  • John Smith December 21, 2011 01:37 pm

    Here's my try, I took several but this was one of the better one's. Thanks for looking

  • Tbone December 21, 2011 12:42 pm

  • Tbone December 21, 2011 12:27 pm[eimg link='' title='nativity bokeh' url='']

  • KathyH December 21, 2011 10:26 am

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  • SteveI December 21, 2011 08:08 am

    [eimg url='' title='DSCF2352-1-600-x-450.jpg']
    An attempt at doing it 'the other way around', not made easier by a 3 year old keeping his hand still (which involves a LOT of movement!)

  • Ravi December 21, 2011 07:55 am

  • Tim Whitehouse December 21, 2011 07:48 am

    When I test this I see "Image unavailable" ..... can anyone else see it?


  • Tim Whitehouse December 21, 2011 07:45 am

    No Christmas lights or decorations in this deserted bay in Turkey! Wrong kind of Turkey for Christmas?[img]

  • AndreaV December 21, 2011 04:15 am

    Well, it helps if you read the whole thing first:

    [eimg url='' title='christmas.jpg']

  • annenne December 21, 2011 04:14 am
  • annenne December 21, 2011 04:14 am

  • patrick dinneen December 21, 2011 04:04 am

    Taken with a Sigma 30mm f1.4, from
    [eimg url='' title='6540434305_c17d38a4fd.jpg']

  • patrick dinneen December 21, 2011 04:02 am

    [eimg link='' title='Presents!' url='']

  • Nathan C December 21, 2011 02:07 am

    Made this one for my wedding album

  • Nathan C December 21, 2011 02:04 am

    [eimg link='' title='Heart Bokeh two.jpg' url='']

  • CGMethven December 21, 2011 12:57 am

    Recent shots of some Christmas lights

  • Jeet December 20, 2011 08:12 pm

    one more try:

  • Jeet December 20, 2011 08:09 pm

    Trying to upload link again:

    [eimg link='' title='IMG_0729' url='']


    [eimg link='' title='IMG_0771' url='']

  • Mars December 20, 2011 06:58 pm

    [eimg url='' title='IMG_6365-1024x682.jpg']


  • Tanvvi December 20, 2011 06:08 pm

  • Tanvvi December 20, 2011 06:01 pm

    My very first try at Bokeh! This is so fun. I got these really cool glasses from a fun store and placed hem infront of my canon lens , got this snowman, bells & Noel...even cooler putting them on the lens than my face ![eimg url='2011-12-13 Xmas tree 026a' title='2011-12-13 Xmas tree 026a']

  • The Looking Glass Girl December 20, 2011 03:13 pm

    What a fun challenge! My second entry created with a home made bokeh filter.

  • The Looking Glass Girl December 20, 2011 03:11 pm

    My second entry, made with a homemade bokeh filter.

    [eimg link='' title='Believe Silver_0390' url=''][/url] [url=]Believe Silver_0390[/url] by [url=]The Looking Glass Girl[/url], on Flickr[/img]

  • Ja'Niece December 20, 2011 02:32 pm

    [eimg url='' title='IMG_0754+RAW+Edit+2.jpg']

  • AndreaV December 20, 2011 02:32 pm

    Why can't I embed the picture?

  • AndreaV December 20, 2011 02:29 pm

    Let's try this again:

  • Colleen December 20, 2011 01:55 pm

    Let me try this again

    [eimg link='' title='IMG_6636' url='']

  • swarna December 20, 2011 01:53 pm

  • Vanessa December 20, 2011 01:19 pm

    Christmas train bokeh

  • Meghan December 20, 2011 01:11 pm

    I don't see the photos in my initial post so I'll try again.

    [eimg link='' title='IMG_3678' url='']
    [eimg link='' title='IMG_3453' url=''][eimg link='' title='IMG_3681' url='']

  • Tookey December 20, 2011 12:31 pm

    Hate to be yet another Christmas tree bokeh, but it's all I have at my house by way of attractive lighting. Heading downtown on Wednesday, will maybe try something then! It's also my first entry so let me know what you think!

  • Meghan December 20, 2011 12:00 pm

    My pictures didn't post the first time so I'll try this again. Does anyone else have the issue when taking pictures of Bokeh lights with a cut out where the picture itself ends up taking on the shape of the cut out too?

    This is an example where the photo itself kind of took on the shape of the cut out.

  • fox photos December 20, 2011 11:57 am

    Everyone's pictures are quite awesome!!! Here are my two contributions:

  • Lori Burrows December 20, 2011 10:46 am

  • Lori Burrows December 20, 2011 09:26 am

    This has been the most fun. I have spent several days trying to get a really good pic to share. My husband thinks I'm crazy. I finally took one today that I think is worth sharing.

  • Shadab December 20, 2011 08:28 am

    My first attempt with bokeh

  • PawelW December 20, 2011 07:06 am

    and one more, i have just returned from shooting ;)

  • PawelW December 20, 2011 05:18 am

    here are some from me:

  • annenne December 20, 2011 05:14 am

  • djoehnnie December 20, 2011 03:39 am

    my tree..

  • Aiden December 20, 2011 02:27 am

    this is my attempt. first one that is

  • the aunt with gum December 20, 2011 12:46 am

    Let's try this again... 1st one didn't seem to post

    One of my favorite Christmas collectibles. :)

  • nickklassen December 20, 2011 12:33 am

    My dog Looch sitting on the couch by the Christmas tree. This was the only one I could get of him looking at the camera.

  • ShutterSlang December 19, 2011 04:02 pm

    attempt#2 :(

  • alie December 19, 2011 03:12 pm

    A "personalized" xmas ornament~~

  • Fred December 19, 2011 02:54 pm

    I used a vintage Canon T50 camera, 50mm f1.8 FD lens.
    First photo uploaded, hope I get chosen :)

    Christmas Wreath -
    Christmas Tree -

  • Colleen December 19, 2011 02:30 pm

    My first day with my T2i last year...

  • Colleen December 19, 2011 02:17 pm

  • Mike December 19, 2011 11:58 am

  • Mike December 19, 2011 11:56 am

    Christmas Angel

  • Ceci December 19, 2011 11:47 am

    Nothing but bokeh! Shot with "Cloud" white balance:

    [eimg url='' title='i-T53BrZj-M.jpg']

    Christmas tree lights and baubles - also shot in Cloud WB

    [eimg url='' title='i-jcLsBcg-M.jpg']

    Christmas tree lights and baubles - shot in Tungsten WB

    [eimg url='' title='i-MK8QF9s-M.jpg']

  • Rob B. December 19, 2011 11:03 am

    Here is mine..

  • Trevor December 19, 2011 10:39 am

    I did a little baking today...

    [eimg url='' title='376169_10151064081290107_696045106_22239699_327467248_n.jpg']

  • Trevor December 19, 2011 10:34 am

    I did a little baking today...

    Christmas Baking by Trevor Eagles

  • Stephen December 19, 2011 10:17 am

    I took these two earlier this week, but i hope to take some more soon!

  • Rex Barrett December 19, 2011 09:48 am

    Hey guys, I decided to try our family pictures using this technique last night. Here's the results.

    My cute baby girl -
    My pretty wife -
    My handsome son -
    My ugly mug :) -

  • mbasa December 19, 2011 09:25 am

    [eimg url='' title='6533828263_19dca6f17c_z_d.jpg']
    Merry christmass and I wish nice bokehs to everyone!!

  • mbasa December 19, 2011 09:25 am

  • Vladimir Bott December 19, 2011 07:47 am

    @ stefano - any post processing on this one? If not (looks like not) - try increasing brightness a bit to make those flowers stand out a little more. Overall - very nice shot.

  • evie Downs December 19, 2011 07:13 am

  • evie Downs December 19, 2011 07:10 am

    why can I not seem to get my shot added. Lets try once more...
    [eimg link='' title='Happy Holidays' url='']

  • Stefano December 19, 2011 07:06 am

    Here my shot.
    Please feel free to comment and help me to improve.

  • Chris December 19, 2011 06:09 am

    Christmas lights on the Riverwalk...

  • Joy G December 19, 2011 05:52 am

    I'm a bit restricted using my G12 or maybe I haven't got the hang of it yet, but here's my entry. This is my second entry to the weekly challenge (1st was last week) and I must say I am learning a lot fast. And I love it. Thanks.

  • Wade Brooks December 19, 2011 05:52 am

    Trying to capture the holiday feeling! Strobist info in the description!
    [eimg url='' title='6532650097_1990e662b0.jpg']

  • Deb Buchanan December 19, 2011 05:06 am

    [eimg link='' title='Waiting For Santa' url='']
    [eimg link='' title='Merry Christmas Darling' url='']

    I'm using my "Waiting For Santa" and "Merry Christmas Darling" Bokeh captures for the Bokeh Lights Weekly Photograph Challenge. Merry Christmas To All! Deb

  • Bernie December 19, 2011 04:27 am

    something went wrong with my first try,here`s my bokeh[eimg link='' title='my fave ornament' url='']

  • Roslyn December 19, 2011 03:30 am

    My contribute to Bokeh "Love"

  • Ceci December 19, 2011 02:41 am

    Christmas Tree Lights and chains - tungsten WB - [eimg url='' title='i-QHgZt2V-L.jpg']

    Christmas Tree Lights and chains - cloudy WB - [eimg url='' title='i-jcLsBcg-M.jpg']

    Christmas Tree Lights - cloudy WB, just bokeh - [eimg url='' title='i-T53BrZj-M.jpg']

  • Scott December 19, 2011 12:58 am

    Well, I don't have any Christmas lights, but how about this:

  • Martijn Kort December 18, 2011 09:52 pm

    My take on a custom bokeh.

  • Robert Parker December 18, 2011 09:33 pm

    one i forgot to include...

    Candle Christmas...

  • Kris December 18, 2011 09:30 pm

    Here's mine. [eimg url='' title='_IGP8859.jpg']

  • Shoban December 18, 2011 08:12 pm

    [eimg url='' title='57418007@N02']

  • Shoban December 18, 2011 08:11 pm

    [eimg link='' title='' url='']

  • Elite Tjie December 18, 2011 08:10 pm

    [eimg link='' title='Bokeh Christmas Tree' url='']

    [eimg link='' title='The real gift of Christmas' url='']

  • Jess December 18, 2011 08:07 pm

    I love Christmas time!

    Here is my attempt

  • cpando December 18, 2011 07:50 pm

    100% Bokeh

  • cpando December 18, 2011 07:42 pm

    Bokeh, Reflections and Christmas

  • Gordon McKinlay December 18, 2011 06:50 pm

    Here is my interpretation using a preshaped mask on my Lensbaby Composer.

    Happy Christmas everyone!

  • evie Downs December 18, 2011 06:47 pm

    [eimg link='' title='Happy Holidays' url='']

  • evie Downs December 18, 2011 06:46 pm

    Happy Holidays!

  • evie Downs December 18, 2011 06:44 pm

    Happy Holidays!

    Camera Nikon D60
    Exposure 0.125 sec (1/8)
    Aperture f/4.8
    Focal Length 85 mm
    Focal Length 84.8 mm
    ISO Speed 800

  • nullspac3 December 18, 2011 06:42 pm

    Jack Daniels, tree bokeh

    Reindeer dog, tree/city bokeh

  • WessNeal December 18, 2011 05:46 pm

  • Rachel December 18, 2011 05:34 pm

    [eimg url='' title='6523943343_530f9575ef_z.jpg']

  • Angie Buyong December 18, 2011 04:54 pm

    Mary Lou & running light - first time trying light bokeh
    (i posted before but couldn't see my post so if this is a double entry, please could the admin remove the earlier ones? thank you)

  • Angie Buyong December 18, 2011 04:52 pm

    First time trying on light bokeh :)

    [eimg url='' title='photo.php?fbid=10150538847104416&set=a.10150538846379416.437422.544129415&type=1&theater']

  • Dennis Thibodeaux December 18, 2011 03:51 pm

    I have a few to add to the list...

    [eimg link='' title='_MG_0023' url='']

    [eimg link='' title='_MG_0378' url='']

  • Kenny S December 18, 2011 03:15 pm

    My example and also what I want for Christmas.

  • Meghan December 18, 2011 03:07 pm

    This challenge was a lot of fun. When I tried to do the Bokeh Lights with the shapes I found that I usually had to crop the photo because the picture was kind of in the shape of the cut out (the third picture is an example of this). Is that supposed to happen? Also, sometimes the picture would look like it would curve, does anyone know how to prevent that? Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • Mark Ward December 18, 2011 02:28 pm

    After reading this article, I decided to try my hand at it. This is my first attempt:

  • Angela December 18, 2011 02:01 pm

    [eimg url='' title='6528901397']

  • Kenny S December 18, 2011 01:44 pm

    I took several of these playing around while putting up the tree a few weeks ago. For this challenge, I took some about 2 hours ago to share.

    [eimg link='' title='What I Want For Chirstmas' url='']

  • Alla Ponomareva December 18, 2011 01:34 pm

    I think I was thirsty for these shots... vodka and beer bokeh

  • C-Anstett December 18, 2011 01:09 pm

    [eimg link='' title='' url='']

  • jen k December 18, 2011 12:38 pm

    home for christmas:

    candy cane love:

  • Santiago December 18, 2011 12:22 pm

    Hi - sorry if my post may appear twice, but I posted before and I don't see my post, so I think I may have done something wrong? hope this one works!

    Thanks for the tutorial! very informative and much easier and fun to follow than ones I tried in the past.

    a few others ...

  • Steve December 18, 2011 11:36 am

    After reading the Digital Photography School's Christmas Lights Bokeh tutorial I made a Star Bokeh filter for my new 50mm f1.4 Canon lens. This shot is 8 sec at f1.4 ISO 100 with the flash firing on second curtain to give the front tree some impact.

    My best shot below...

  • Rowena December 18, 2011 10:27 am

    here is another link...

  • CathyC December 18, 2011 10:25 am

    not quite what I wanted, but I will get there

  • CathyC December 18, 2011 10:22 am

    my first attempt

    the photo before it was taken during the day

  • Rowena December 18, 2011 10:20 am

    I had been crazy with bokeh lately... here is my fair share of bokeh christmas light chalenge,

  • Nourhan Refaat December 18, 2011 09:38 am

    It's the first time to take a photo of a Bokeh, check out my work for a Christmas bokeh

    Opinions appreciated :)

  • Robert Parker December 18, 2011 09:11 am

    Can you Smell Carrots?

    Smile, its Christmas!

  • Jill Bingham-Daniels December 18, 2011 09:00 am

    I was playing with my dog and trying to get a Christmas"Y" Shot. So here is my results .I had a bit of trouble with the lighting on Everest.(My Dog). If anyone has good ideas about the lighting on the dog let me know I was using strobes. Everest is dark because if I used more light you could see the wires and the black backdrop became grey.[eimg link='' title='DSC_8477' url='']

  • liz December 18, 2011 08:22 am

    Thanks for the tutorial, it was much easier and fun than my previous attempt at Bokeh!

    [eimg url='' title='aWP8uv']

    [eimg url='' title='aWPh5P']

    [eimg url='' title='aWPbwz']

    a few others ...

  • Average Joe December 18, 2011 08:18 am

    Hopefully this works...

    [eimg url='' title='The_Darkroom.html#0']

  • Jope11 December 18, 2011 07:59 am

    Maybe I haven't nailed it but it is LIGHT(from a computer screen) and it is BOKEH and it's Christmasy. :)

  • Jayca December 18, 2011 07:41 am

    Maybe posting this comment the third time is the charm? Oh, well! I guess we'll see:

    [eimg url='' title='20111208-IMG_8764.jpg']

  • Chris Miranda December 18, 2011 07:12 am

  • Chris Miranda December 18, 2011 07:11 am

    [eimg url='' title='6520572169_cc43457629_b.jpg'][eimg url='' title='6519518225_cda98f5b98_b.jpg']

  • Vladimir Bott December 18, 2011 07:07 am

    After being inspired by the bokeh tutorial we went out last night and took some pics.
    And what do you know! Next day DPS posts a weekly challenge! Just in time! )))

  • Elite Tjie December 18, 2011 06:59 am

    Bokeh Christmas Tree

  • Elite Tjie December 18, 2011 06:47 am

    Baby Jesus with bokeh

  • Diogo December 18, 2011 06:45 am

    Facebook profile photo updated. The background was made with christmas lights.

  • Kim December 18, 2011 06:28 am

    I wanted to try this out as soon as I read the tutorial. I have used some of my attempts in my 365 day project. Great tutorial!

  • Barbara December 18, 2011 05:56 am

    I love this effect.

    [eimg link='' title='Christmas Lights Bokeh' url='']

  • Brian December 18, 2011 05:10 am

    Tried posting this last night but it never showed up. Took this one a few days ago after reading the tutorial. First post on DPS.

  • Stacy December 18, 2011 04:34 am

  • Samantha La Deaux December 18, 2011 04:07 am

    [eimg link='' title='Bokeh Lights' url='']

  • Mridula December 18, 2011 04:01 am

    A questionable Bokeh!

  • Sheera December 18, 2011 03:34 am

    My Second Cousin Sidney.

  • Amy December 18, 2011 03:15 am

    I *just* did a bokeh-inspired shoot at my studio last Saturday.

  • Mike December 18, 2011 03:06 am

    i tried this the moment i read the post about bokeh. :)

    [eimg link='' title='dora-bokeh-4927.jpg' url='']

  • Ian Fox December 18, 2011 03:00 am

    A couple more:

  • Apoorv Bisht December 18, 2011 02:59 am

  • Apoorv Bisht December 18, 2011 02:55 am

    Hope you like it

  • Thea Kristensen December 18, 2011 02:32 am

    I had a lot of fun with this :)

    [eimg link='' title='Christmas tree and alf ' url='']

  • Ruben Cortinas December 18, 2011 02:28 am

    Here's another one from the other night.

  • Tom Campbell December 18, 2011 02:03 am

  • Ian Fox December 18, 2011 01:47 am

    My attempts at this:

    Merry Christmas!

  • The Looking Glass Girl December 18, 2011 01:47 am

    My first attempt ever

  • The Looking Glass Girl December 18, 2011 01:46 am

    My first ever attempt following this tutorial

    [eimg link='' title='Bokeh_0322' url=''][/url] [url=]Bokeh_0322[/url] by [url=]The Looking Glass Girl[/url], on Flickr[/img]

  • Mikko December 18, 2011 01:43 am

    Candle bokeh.

  • angel murphy December 18, 2011 12:31 am

    Here is one more!

  • C-Anstett December 18, 2011 12:26 am

    My x-mass bokeh

  • angel murphy December 18, 2011 12:18 am
    I took quite a few of my girls yesterday!

  • Srivatsa December 17, 2011 11:53 pm

    I always wanted to share my images on DPS. The article that lead to this challenge was amazing. Thank you DPS.

    Here is the link to my image.

  • Bernie December 17, 2011 11:40 pm

    My first bokeh creation, took a couple of weeks ago.

  • Rosey MacDoo December 17, 2011 11:35 pm

    Taken on Thursday this week inspired by the DPS bokeh blog post: Santa and a bit of xmassy bokeh

  • DANIEL December 17, 2011 10:34 pm

    Here my Xmas bokeh contribution:

  • chamila December 17, 2011 07:27 pm

    This is something I took a few months back

    Here is another one.

  • Cyberlunger December 17, 2011 06:06 pm

    Santa & Light Snow, trying to post it again, something gone wrong the first time. Hope this time will work =) (Sorry, I'm just an newbie)

  • raghavendra December 17, 2011 04:16 pm

    well, the link i have posted is not about Christmas,
    however is about light.

  • Ruben Cortinas December 17, 2011 04:00 pm

    As soon as I saw this tutorial, I had to try it. This is the result, hope you all like it.

  • Carl Schmidt December 17, 2011 01:25 pm

    Loved the topic. I actually did this the other day after reading your blog post. 2 of my images are included in my comment.

  • Dann December 17, 2011 01:24 pm

    Took it a week or so ago for a photography course final but it fits the holiday bokeh theme nonetheless.

  • Charmaine Joy December 17, 2011 01:15 pm

    I love using bokeh! Here's my very christmas take on it in black and white.

  • Jens Pfau December 17, 2011 01:12 pm

    After I had read the tutorial a few days ago, I gave this technique a try. Here are two of the pictures I took:
    The lights are coming from bulbs hanging in trees along the Yarra River here in Melbourne.

    I guess this works much better with something in the foreground in focus. Need to go out and try again :)

  • Liz Lemagie December 17, 2011 01:06 pm

    I'm very new to all of this but got really excited to try this technique! I regularly visit this site and have learned A LOT from it! I welcome any suggestions and comments and encouragement. Thanks! I hope I have posted this correctly. :/

  • Daniel December 17, 2011 11:57 am

    Funny that this is the challenge this week. I did take the tutorial and run with it some. In fact I set out to recreate one of the example shots myself. I am about 1/3rd the way through a 365 day project which involves LEGO so I gave it a shot for one of my photos.

    So here is my submission.

  • Vishal Modak December 17, 2011 11:35 am

    Construction Lights Bokeh @ Chicago Downtown

  • Steve December 17, 2011 10:58 am

    Nice Xmas self-portrait in #3, Emily!

  • Yvonne December 17, 2011 10:52 am

    Christmas Ava

  • IrinaSil December 17, 2011 09:58 am

    This photo was taken last week. I'm a beginner.

  • Emily Kay December 17, 2011 09:53 am

    Carly, I absolutely love yours!
    Here's a few of my attempts:

  • Zach Ingbretsen December 17, 2011 09:23 am

    I don't think my post went through the first time:

    My 50mm f/1.8's bokeh at a holiday party.

  • Scottc December 17, 2011 08:53 am

    Gotta love the bokeh.......

  • Carly December 17, 2011 08:49 am

    Sorry, meant to say that is my daughter bangin away on the piano earlier this week.

  • Carly December 17, 2011 08:48 am

  • Liz December 17, 2011 08:47 am

    Took this at Disneyland a few months back. Took forever to find it on my computer. Man, I need a better folder organization. haha

  • Jeff E Jensen December 17, 2011 08:23 am

    Jason - nice work!

  • Jeff E Jensen December 17, 2011 08:21 am

    Here's a few from last year, this was actually on my agenda for this weekend, so I'll post a few more in the next couple of days.

  • Karin December 17, 2011 07:59 am

    Christmas is even more magical with little ones around...

  • JesseAdams December 17, 2011 07:37 am

    @major bokeh, thanks for the info. If my photo doesn't qualify, anyone who administers the site, feel free to remove it.

  • Major Bokeh December 17, 2011 07:23 am

    @jesseadams, while that is a lovely shot of the Parliament building in BC, that is not bokeh. Those lights are all in focus. Bokeh refers to the part of an image that is out of focus. It's often done with shallow depth of field to make the part of the image that is in focus stand out from the background. Like in a portrait for instance. The example above has the Polariod camera in focus and the bokeh is accentuated by the holiday lights but it doesn't have to be made from lights either.

  • JesseAdams December 17, 2011 07:08 am

    Previous link doesn't work, here is the link to the photo.

    Parliamentary Bokeh in Victoria, British Columbia.

  • JesseAdams December 17, 2011 06:58 am

    Parliamentary Bokeh in Victoria, British Columbia.

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer December 17, 2011 06:53 am

    That Polaroid photograph is great. Talk about background complementing subject.

    I spent an evening photographing abstract bokeh recently:

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