Monday, 11 September 2017

Bokeh Photography

"Bokeh is an optical effect in which the background of a photo is blurred. The blur is produced by taking photos with a shallow depth of field. Bokeh occurs in the areas of the photo that are out-of-focus. As a result, the background looks softer and the subject sharper and more vivid. If there are highlights in the background, they will take on the shape of the lens’s aperture. Most often these “specular highlights” are circles, sometimes hexagonals." - taken from

When I started my photography journey two years ago , Bokeh was one of the topic I learnt.  I knew I would love to learn more and improved on it.  I know I still have lots to learn and I also know that photography is my second love after cooking and baking :)  This photo was taken handheld with my Nikon D7000 with Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC lens of my mini hibiscus with the Bokeh effect in the background. I am happy with this shot though it may not be a winning one :)  This just shows that with perseverance I can do it !


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Murraya koenigii ( Curry Tree ) And Its White Flowers

When I discovered that my curry tree is flowering for the first time, I could not help but to take a picture of it.  With my Nikon and close up lens attached in hand, I started clicking away and have forgotten that it is hard to take a sharp picture especially when the wind is strong and the sky is dark and the bunch of flowers were dancing to the wind BUT to me it is a CHALLENGE . Though the picture is not a perfect one, I am pleased with it.  Shutter speed setting is important and Aperture and ISO all must be taken into consideration to capture a great shot.  I will not give day I will be good :p  My husband , my 2 sons and my 2 daughters are my encouragement . Even if the picture is far from good, they are still supportive :)  I thank God for giving me a supportive family.  It means the world to me .

My curry tree  also known as Murraya koenigii has its first flowers.   These white flowers can self pollinate to produce small shiny black berries containing a single large viable seed.  Though the berry pulp is edible - with a sweet but medicinal flavor, in general neither the pulp or the seed is used in culinary purposes.   Its leaves are used in many dishes in India, Sri Langka and neighbouring countries.  Often used in curries and other dishes.  The leaves are generally called curry leaves or sweet neem leaves as in the Indian language.  Seeds must be ripe and fresh to plant; dried or shriveled fruits are not viable. One can plant the whole fruit, but it is best to remove the pulp before planting in potting mix that is kept moist but not wet. Stem cuttings can be also used for propagation. 

  taken with Sigma 30mm 1:1.4 DC Lens 
with close up lens attached
Condition :Dark Cloud, Strong Wind 
Setting :ISO400, 1/400 sec
f 3.2 - natural lighting
 Maybe I should increase the shutter speed to 1/800
since the wind is strong and the object is
dancing vigorously :p