Double The Pleasure: Better Bokeh

I started these “Double the Pleasure” posts to give myself a chance to play with my new 70-300mm lens. I think I’ve decided this lens gives me better bokeh (a fancy photography term that comes from a Japanese word that means “blur”) than my everyday birding camera, but not as much zoom.

Let me show you what I mean by “better bokeh” by sharing two photos of three different birds. (I know, it’s breaking the rules to do three birds in a “Double the Pleasure” post, but I’m once again claiming bloggers prerogative!) In each of the pictures, the background is blurred which helps the subject grab your attention without as many distractions.

First the male Pine Warbler…

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And then the White-breasted Nuthatch…

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And last but not least, the Chipping Sparrow…

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I’ve enjoyed the chance to play with this new lens; I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the pictures that were taken in the process.

From now on, I will probably end up switching back and forth between my two cameras (a Canon T3i and a Canson SX50HS) since I don’t want either to feel left out.

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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31 Responses to Double The Pleasure: Better Bokeh

  1. de Wets Wild says:

    These came out beautifully, Kathy!

    I suppose there’s a case to be made for both – sometime one wants the background to be clear so that your subject can be shown as part of it’s environment, and other times you don’t want any “distractions”.

  2. Sheila Moss says:

    I agree, these are very nice, but I enjoy seeing the environment and detail too.

  3. Snehal Kank says:

    Beautiful I’m enjoying these cute birdies 😍 second one is looking like he’s gargling 😆 so cute 😍😍💕

  4. Gorgeous photographs! Bokeh or no bokeh.

  5. Jodi says:

    Beautiful and you are having fun and breaking “rules”. 😝

  6. Jill Kuhn says:

    Your photos are soooo AMAZING! 💕🐤 I enjoy seeing your birds and learning from you. Thanks Kathy! 🌈😃

  7. Trail Walker says:

    Beautiful photos…all of them. I’m delighted for you that you have a wonderful new lens to play with. Thanks for sharing.

  8. “Mo’ bokeh” was the reason I invested in a fixed 50mm lens shortly after I bought my DSLR. I am totally tempted by your zoom, but am wondering whether with a lens that long, do you have to also use a tripod collar?

  9. You did great, Kathy, wonderful shots!

  10. naturlvrx2 says:

    Looks like you feed some of the same kind of birds that we feed. Lovely pics.

  11. Tiny says:

    Great shots! And beautiful bokeh in every shot!

  12. Is it just me, or is that sparrow smiling?! Maybe that’s why I’m loving them so much! Amazingly crisp shots……must be the new lens? WOW love!

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