Here is a better example of “bokeh.” I noticed light coming through our holly tree, but I didn’t see this, exactly. Just tiny pinpoints of sunlight. When I uploaded it to the computer, I was pleasantly surprised. My aperture was almost wide open (f/3.2) and the shutter speed was 1/60.
You’re not supposed to use a shutter speed lower than the focal length of your lens, but I’m able to get away with 1/40 on my 60mm without a tripod because I have a steady hand. I do hold my breath, however, and am pretty much gasping for air by the time I’m done shooting several frames.
Soon I’ll be cutting holly branches to decorate for Christmas, ack! And again I won’t be ready. No matter how soon I start, I’m still running around like a demented crazoid on Dec. 23. I do, however, refuse to shop on Christmas Eve. I did it once, and was so embarrassed to be the only woman at the mall. All right, there may have been one or two others. But oh, the look of quiet desperation on those faces.