Old blooms and new

These are spent blooms–perhaps Joe Pye Weed?

I’m paying a lot more attention to bokeh now that I have a macro lens. Still getting used to the different depth of field, but it’s fun to move around and see the different colors in the background.

We’re having frost warnings these days, unfortunately. I’ve really enjoyed autumn this year. Hard to believe we had the A/C running only a week ago. I’m such a California wimp when it comes to cold weather. But let’s not think about that now.

Here’s a pair of heart-shaped leaves with a texture from JoesSistah applied:


I almost missed these pansies because of all the leaves. They’re so bright and cheerful, aren’t they?

Hope it’s still warm wherever you are….

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8 Responses to Old blooms and new

  1. Ms. Spock says:

    As a novice (if that), I wasn’t even aware of the bokeh concept until fairly recently. I’m learning a lot here, today’s offering being just another lesson. Thanks!

    • Oh, I should have included a definition of bokeh. Sometimes I forget who knows what terms.

      Bokeh is actually a Japanese term that means fuzzy or out of focus. It refers to the effect of shallow depth of field that creates a pleasing blur of color behind the subject. I read recently that bokeh can be achieved by using the widest aperture (1.8, 1.4) and a shutter speed no lower than 1/50 of a second.

      Hope this helps!

  2. I love pansies! They always make me think of the Alice in Wonderland cartoon. So cute and shy.

  3. Caroline says:

    I love pansies too. They look quite magical in all these leaves. Thanks for explaining bokeh. I had no clue what it meant. Interesting. It got a bit warmer here again but autumn is definitely over.

  4. Janine says:

    I don’t know where you live…but I grew up in Calif. and now leave on the east coast…and must face the weather as well…sigh…but the seasons are BEAUTIFUL! And you have captured some absolutely stunning shots here!!! You photography leaves me breathless!! I love it! Just stopping in to say “hi!” Sounds like you are well! I’m glad! ~Janine XO

    • Oh Janine, I’m so glad to see you here again. I was kind of worried after reading your blog. Hope everything is going well for you.

      I’m in the Washington D.C. area after 10 yrs. in Southern California. You’re right–the seasons are beautiful here, if you don’t mind four feet of snow. 🙂

      Thanks for all the kind comments!

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