Bokeh in the rain…

Bokeh, raindrops splashing on the pavement in VancouverI’ve been carrying my camera around with me a lot more lately, just to catch those little moments that I sometimes miss. It’s always a good thing as a photographer to have a camera close to hand, and I’ve usually relied on a point and shoot in the past as my day to day pocket cam. Not anymore. I’ve started to take my D700 with me a lot more now. Minus the grip and usually with something like my Zeiss 50 1.4 attached, it ends up being fairly small and inconspicuous for a DSLR, although not by compact standards.

I was looking at some Bokeh photos a while back and realised that I haven’t shot any lately. For those new to photography Bokeh is blur, or the æsthetic quality of the blur, in the out-of-focus areas of an image, or “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.” The Zeiss 50 1.4 produces beautiful almost perfectly round crisp Bokeh, especially when it’s wide open. I decided it was time to remedy my lack of Bokeh and set out to create some.

I was in downtown Vancouver on Friday and it was raining quite hard. This is an image I shot of a puddle on the street with raindrops splashing in it, backlit by car taillights and a couple of lights on the side of a building. What do you think? I’ll post more as I find them…

And if you’re interested in learning more about Bokeh the rad folks over at Phlearn have a great tutorial on it here