Bokeh: Weekly Photography Challenge

Bokeh: Weekly Photography Challenge

Earlier today we published a plain english guide to achieving nice Bokeh in your shots – so lets put the teaching into practice and make Bokeh our theme for this week’s photography challenge.

Beauty In-Focus | Explored

We want to see you grabbing your camera over the next day or two and setting out to take some wonderful shots with Bokeh in them (i.e. some lovely out of focus areas in your shots).

You can take Bokeh shots in portraits, macro work, still life, nature… really any type of photography you like – so hopefully there’s something for everyone!

Learn how to take shots with Bokeh

In addition to todays guide to shooting Bokeh check out:

Once you’ve taken and selected your best Bokeh shot upload it to your favourite photo sharing site and either share a link to it or – embed it 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.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in our last challenge – Best Shot of 2012 challenge where there were some beautiful 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+.

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  • Bill Ritchie February 18, 2013 03:43 am

  • tgreene February 17, 2013 06:18 am

    http://i417.photobucket.com/albums/pp259/flowerfriend/Buttterflies-Hummingbirs-other%20critters/044_zps194c4645.jpg

  • HARESH February 11, 2013 08:53 pm

    http://www.coroflot.com/user_files/individual_files/156888_k3BVzeyG6FbiGfZTYDFrQBoLO.jpg

    http://www.coroflot.com/user_files/individual_files/156888_6DBWAv97OAAVPLtGdZVgFrRDX.jpg

  • Francis February 11, 2013 02:38 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fjtg/8463039646/

  • Johnny Walsh February 11, 2013 02:26 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0092009/photos/johnnywalsh7/5357429656/

    http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0093009/photos/johnnywalsh7/8403503145/

    Thoughts?

  • Ken February 10, 2013 09:47 pm

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I91ovVbCI3Y/T4vYNiCuy_I/AAAAAAAAAuQ/hNHOTXQqza4/s320/IMG_0840%5B1%5D.JPG

  • Bill Ritchie February 10, 2013 02:49 am

    two more

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/arthurritchie/8457760747/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/arthurritchie/8457761153/

  • Cynthia February 10, 2013 02:23 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/46065746@N02/8437973541/in/photostream

  • Cynthia February 10, 2013 02:16 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/46065746@N02/8439060248/

  • Pomelo February 10, 2013 12:39 am

    Took this one at the butterfly house in Key West. Its SOOC!

  • blueb3ll February 9, 2013 05:22 am

    Tulip - testing my ITouch

    http://500px.com/photo/25409543

  • Vanita Kataria February 8, 2013 03:10 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/saiyyam/6845583924/

  • wbwbrenda February 8, 2013 02:18 pm

    A beautiful day at Taylor Park in Largo, FL ...

    Fuji Finepix HS20EXR
    Jan. 6, 2013
    ISO 100
    Aperture f/8
    Shutter Speed 1/320 secs
    Focal Lenth 91mm

  • Bill Ritchie February 8, 2013 01:57 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/arthurritchie/8455123790/

  • Bill Ritchie February 8, 2013 01:55 pm

    Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens.

  • Jordan Blackstone February 8, 2013 09:23 am

    How about this one?

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=425134784225408&set=pb.403670809705139.-2207520000.1360275507&type=3&theater

  • Abigail February 8, 2013 08:23 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/abigailjoyphotos/8453399889/in/photostream

  • Madhukumar February 8, 2013 06:56 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/98795956@N00/

  • Johan Jooste February 8, 2013 06:29 am

    I took this portrait of an ostrich female with my Rokinon 85mm, f1.4 lens (manual focus). I love the out-of-focus bokeh background which makes the bird stand out perfectly from the background.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/johanjooste/6499757207/in/set-72157627867242029/

  • Markus Wildgruber February 8, 2013 06:24 am

    Here's mine:
    Sunflower: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markuswildgruber/7945102574/in/photostream

  • James Mackay February 8, 2013 04:32 am

    Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
    Shutter Speed: 1/4000
    Aperture: f/4
    ISO: 64000
    Exposure: +5
    Date Taken: 2nd February 2013
    /Users/jimmyd/Desktop/Digital Photography School/IMG_2445.JPG

  • Mehool Intwala February 7, 2013 05:15 am

    Here is a photo of Kayu which I took for my nephew. The photo has Kayu on the edge with beautiful x'mas light bokehs in the background. What I also like about this pic is the composition :). I would love to hear from you what you think about this pic (critiques are most welcome)....

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=161197093982857&set=a.125569577545609.14958.125381500897750&type=3&theater

  • Kellyn February 5, 2013 06:55 pm

    I hope this is right!

    http://i1310.photobucket.com/albums/s641/patchworkoflove/DPS/_MG_8654_dps_zpsee8fc014.jpg

  • COLIN BOND February 5, 2013 06:31 pm

    holly in frost.

  • David Sargent February 5, 2013 02:01 pm

    Found another that shows off bokeh even more! :D

    http://davidsargent.deviantart.com/#/d5ca8pz

  • David Sargent February 5, 2013 01:34 pm

    I have others with great bokeh, but this is just one of my all time favorite shots that does include bokeh.

    http://500px.com/photo/24900711

  • John St. Jelly February 5, 2013 12:31 pm

    And here's another (because why not). It's a bit of an oldie, but I think it really fits the theme.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/deboulai/8279105396/in/photostream/

  • John St. Jelly February 5, 2013 12:28 pm

    Here's mine, taken through some Christmas shots in the rain:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/deboulai/8445536929/in/photostream

  • Dolores February 5, 2013 09:40 am

    Here's mine :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/doloresgonzalez/8438172469/

  • Tim S. February 5, 2013 08:06 am

    Perfect setting for an author portrait:

    http://smu.gs/XGjEhi

  • Michael February 5, 2013 07:17 am

    http://500px.com/photo/20263687

  • Rajiv February 5, 2013 02:25 am

    Even Bokeh can have emotions

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8086/8444026707_c4643d09e8_o.jpg

  • Rizki Mayendra February 4, 2013 11:54 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rizki_mayendra/8444740066/in/photostream

  • davide February 4, 2013 11:16 pm

  • lori burrows February 4, 2013 09:54 pm

    http://flic.kr/p/dSdprU
    Out for a winter hike and ran across a few berries still on the branches.
    http://flic.kr/p/dS7PwV
    and some cattails

  • Stephen February 4, 2013 09:32 pm

    This was my first time posting to a Weekly Challenge. Since I seen images posted before this challenge start date, I tried to post mine that I had take just few days ago you dps didn't approve of it.... sad

  • gabriel February 4, 2013 08:39 pm

    A water drop:

    http://www.slickpic.com/s/Zu,2jDNNUUu0Ij/DPS/photo?view=3353148#3353148

  • Ram February 4, 2013 07:27 pm

    Christmas Lights

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tweetram/8262599702/

  • Rajesh Chowdary February 4, 2013 06:13 pm

  • Omair Aslam February 4, 2013 05:39 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/omairaslam/8211001236/in/photostream/

  • Graeme February 4, 2013 04:45 pm

  • Glen Roebuck February 4, 2013 01:13 pm

    http://500px.com/photo/8687351

  • Kashfia February 4, 2013 01:10 pm

    New to photography so I was very excited to try out a bokeh shot. Here it is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/89432555@N04/8442479541/in/photostream

  • Shannon February 4, 2013 09:58 am

    http://fhotofan.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/dsc_0093.jpg

    http://fhotofan.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/dsc_0014.jpg

    My gorgeous friend Katherine, I used my Nikon 50mm prime.

    Sorry if it posts multiple times, I'm having trouble with my computer.

  • _psl February 4, 2013 09:54 am

  • Kyle W February 4, 2013 07:57 am

    Son: http://flic.kr/p/dMcudS

  • vizcsap February 4, 2013 07:56 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vizcsap/8441058710/

  • Stephen Pelletier February 4, 2013 04:21 am

    Watch out!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27481485@N00/8440896337/in/set-72157632681123086

  • Michal France February 4, 2013 04:17 am

    here are some of mine:

    this one is my favourite, taken on 50mm lens at f1,8 (about 50cm distance) it nicely blued the rock and left a stripe of green to make a contrast to the main subject of little purple bloom

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/90949112@N02/8370684468/in/set-72157632496393468/

    the same setting and the same travels in Pyrenees, just this time it left the shape of one bloom of mountain Lily with the green background

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/90949112@N02/8370702924/in/set-72157632496393468/

    this time I had 24mm lens at it's f2,8 (about 30cm distance), it kept the shape of mountain but smoothly enough to be harmonious with the Iris in foreground

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/90949112@N02/8369626137/in/set-72157632496393468

    Feel free to add your comments!

    Thanks:)

  • blueb3ll February 4, 2013 02:50 am

    Green homespun

    http://500px.com/photo/24945589

  • Hugh February 4, 2013 02:26 am

    Here's a test shot with a 50mm f/1.4. Tried to post it yesterday, not sure why it didn't work.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lifelover4/8283630375/

  • Nikonian February 4, 2013 01:55 am

  • Raksha February 4, 2013 01:53 am

    http://500px.com/photo/21239633

  • Jeff E Jensen February 4, 2013 01:46 am

    Here's some from yesterday morning, shot while waiting for the fog to clear so we could photograph some Bald Eagles.

    http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-little-macro-work.html

  • Phil Baccarella February 4, 2013 12:56 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11218418@N08/8440308479/in/photostream

  • Victoria doran February 4, 2013 12:27 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/victoriadoranphoto/8441016786/

    The rest are so good that my poor contribution seems to pale into insignificance. Nevertheless, this will be the first photo I hav existed online for people to see- apart from friends and family on Facebook! Be kind x

  • Yit Ching Li February 4, 2013 12:19 am

    flower stem bokeh :)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/92858390@N04/8440207947/in/photostream

  • Stephen Pelletier February 3, 2013 11:11 pm

    Having fun with my new 50 mm 1.4 -- lush ground cover.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27481485@N00/8016347069/in/set-72157631605032401/

    Yesterday morning's coffee.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27481485@N00/8441147144/in/photostream

  • Kishore Bhargava February 3, 2013 10:09 pm

    Took this photo of our neighbours son, a little bit of DoF and a little bit of Bokeh

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ZxtquRk88-I/UQ5EcR2Ya5I/AAAAAAAACf8/d-v5nEM1xY8/w473-h314-n-k/_K2B9101_01.JPG

  • Alessio Rota February 3, 2013 07:29 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54296162@N06/8439672427

  • Jerome February 3, 2013 05:20 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeromejoshualim/8435256273/in/photostream

  • Liisa February 3, 2013 01:15 pm

    One I took at Christmas

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/92340999@N04/8438984967/in/photostream

  • tamie February 3, 2013 12:23 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/40853769@N08/7410436918/ my rose

  • tamie February 3, 2013 12:22 pm

    http://flic.kr/p/chQqHL i love roses

  • Matt B February 3, 2013 10:05 am

    One from Christmas

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/matt_battison/8301638608/in/photostream

  • Todd Ward February 3, 2013 09:24 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ward2/3348798709/in/set-72157630243518046/

  • Nicholas Barnes February 3, 2013 06:10 am

    Bokeh Photography Challenge.

    http://500px.com/photo/24836785

  • Kevin February 3, 2013 05:23 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/73481282@N04/6839213539/in/photostream/

  • marcos loyola February 3, 2013 04:45 am

    Here are a few more bokeh from my archive

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mloyolarivera/5301909540/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mloyolarivera/5694565126/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mloyolarivera/5148723537/

  • marcos loyola February 3, 2013 04:16 am

    Here is one from yesterday

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mloyolarivera/8437702733/

  • inkid February 3, 2013 03:38 am

    share some of my bokeh shot... :)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkid/7589028934/

  • Gary Paakkonen February 3, 2013 03:03 am

    http://www.garypaakkonen.com/Category/Morris-and-Kathy-Wedding/i-jJWnccq/6/X3/20111008-_GPP9804-X3.jpg

    Wineglass with sunlight Bokeh poking through the background trees

  • Gary Paakkonen February 3, 2013 03:02 am

  • Marcy February 3, 2013 02:29 am

    The tips really helped. I focused in on the head of a knitting needle, and the multi-colored yarn is out of focus in the background:

    http://www.tootimidandsqueamish.com/2013/02/knitting-needles/

  • AJ February 3, 2013 01:12 am

    Here's one!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/34289457@N08/8437245433/

  • Ronnie Orpiada February 3, 2013 12:54 am

    Black pepper
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/23939213@N05/8438283606/in/photostream

  • Mihai February 3, 2013 12:12 am

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=401861976492162&set=a.397686320243061.100752.100000050895599&type=3&theater

  • DyaDyo Sadim February 2, 2013 08:31 pm

    Hand Rail
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/dyads_pix/8408391197/' title='railing' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8214/8408391197_dbb6f7504b_c.jpg']

  • sharmaB February 2, 2013 07:44 pm

    In focus is my two month old kid's first toy...

    http://learninghowtoshot.blogspot.in/2013/02/bokeh.html

  • sharmaB February 2, 2013 07:37 pm

    In focus is my two month old baby's first toy...

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharmab/8437772252/' title='Harsh Sharma' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8510/8437772252_ec97d6abe5.jpg']

  • Matt Cicanese February 2, 2013 07:07 pm


    Click to see larger.

  • DyaDyo Sadim February 2, 2013 06:28 pm

    Here is Mine in Hand Rail

  • Scottc February 2, 2013 04:11 pm

    Love that Bokeh! Some great photos in the replies.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/7810551984/

  • Jeremy February 2, 2013 03:39 pm

    Here’s one, too. An oak leaf and a skateboard

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/92821358@N03/8436305369/' title='Oak Leaf' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8189/8436305369_e7036af971.jpg']

  • Jeremy February 2, 2013 03:33 pm

    Here's one, too. An oak leaf and a skateboard

  • Bryan Born February 2, 2013 02:34 pm

    My First weekly challenge submission! Go Bokeh!!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/87012746@N06/8436221585/in/photostream
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/87012746@N06/8437309982/' title='Marks Budda-620w' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8225/8437309982_ba5cb46c74.jpg']

  • Steven Cornelli February 2, 2013 01:51 pm

    Here's mine:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/115871043317291667263/Bokeh#5840178799039603938

  • Patrick Chondon February 2, 2013 01:33 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chondon/7218199284/in/set-72157632664980473/

  • Patrick Chondon February 2, 2013 01:33 pm

    Camera: Nikon D700
    Exposure: 1/8000 sec
    Aperture: f/1.8
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: 0 EV

  • Jack Foster Mancilla February 2, 2013 01:31 pm

    http://www.thelenslord.com/Professional/Flowers/8757559_VX7JzW#!i=2345652098&k=7dGvVr7&lb=1&s=A

  • Sita February 2, 2013 01:01 pm

    A Portrait + Bokeh one: http://goo.gl/9yFek

  • Sita February 2, 2013 01:01 pm

    Here's one:
    http://goo.gl/PlrRp

  • Kyle W February 2, 2013 11:57 am

    Son about to go for a carnival ride

  • Luis Povoa February 2, 2013 09:53 am

    Here's mine, from christmas : http://500px.com/photo/21284411

  • William February 2, 2013 09:37 am

    Why are there always posts of photos that people have taken weeks and months prior to to the "Weekly Challenge". I thoughtthe whole point is to go out and discover new things, ideas, AND photos. Just saying you should not post a photo unless it meets the criteria of the subject matter AND the week of the challenge only. I have many photos I don't post because they were before the Weekly Challenge date.

  • JodyO February 2, 2013 09:28 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/jodyophoto/8436596442/' title='_DSC3375' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8358/8436596442_71be4410c0.jpg']

  • yuseneotype February 2, 2013 09:28 am

    Mine's here: http://500px.com/photo/24803493

  • Stephen Abraham February 2, 2013 08:11 am

    [eimg url='http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gvcD8DuYa1c/UQeyTbzHGrI/AAAAAAAADkI/PPWuAxuwlzE/s1600/SEA_1643b.jpg' title='SEA_1643b.jpg']

  • Murali Krishna Kanagala February 2, 2013 08:08 am

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/g1cv3-2_GdKUwrOnLJlDg9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink

  • Alessio Rota February 2, 2013 08:08 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54296162@N06/8423655131

  • Alessio Rota February 2, 2013 08:06 am

    Carl Zeiss Flektogon 35mm f2.8 on Fuji X pro 1

  • ShaopengPitt February 2, 2013 08:06 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/47894230@N06/8288961669/in/photostream

  • Martin Bager February 2, 2013 07:57 am

    http://fotogarage.smugmug.com/Category/Poles-in-sorrow-April-2010/i-CxGQQDH/0/L/Poland%2C%20Krakow.%20April%2010.%202010%20Smolensk%20planecrash.%20Mourning%20the%20loss%20of%20President%20and%2096%20notabilities.%20foto%20Martin%20Bager.-4119151-L.jpg

  • Mike Griffin February 2, 2013 07:54 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/87023332@N07/8436557954/

  • doug durham February 2, 2013 07:46 am

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7250/7640374424_af38fd0c0e_c.jpg

  • Mike Griffin February 2, 2013 07:42 am

    Here's mine http://www.flickr.com/photos/87023332@N07/8436527386/

  • Subhra Kar February 2, 2013 07:36 am

    Jewellery:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/subhrakar/8418131728/in/photostream/

  • Chetan K Jain February 2, 2013 07:35 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chetankjain/8436501686/lightbox/

  • joshi daniel February 2, 2013 07:15 am

    Mine: http://joshidaniel.com/2012/05/06/187/

  • FranciscoReis February 2, 2013 06:35 am

    Here's one!

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=236114463154172&set=a.236110803154538.49491.236091716489780&type=3&theater

  • Guigphotography February 2, 2013 06:29 am

    Must be one of the most fun things to do with a camera!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/69604456@N07/8323256482/in/photostream

  • Krste February 2, 2013 06:28 am

    Here is one:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/krste83/7211708010/in/photostream/

  • Lukasz February 2, 2013 06:25 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bazlo/8131012548/in/set-72157631652147731/

  • Ben February 2, 2013 06:22 am

    My daughters first Christmas tree (which we finally took down :-)[eimg url='http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_ml64lrq7Po/UMwaDjD5f2I/AAAAAAAABXM/gAX_SQkelXw/s1600/IMG_4325.JPG' title='IMG_4325.JPG']

  • Seb February 2, 2013 06:15 am

    Wildlife :
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/49749846@N07/8436339110/

  • laszlo nagy February 2, 2013 05:56 am

    bokeh tree :)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/86587976@N02/8295987375/in/set-72157632311245168/

  • Tom O'Connor February 2, 2013 05:49 am

    Here's one:

    http://taustinoconnor.zenfolio.com/p1059186552/e3bd85675