Saturday, December 19, 2009

Holiday Bokeh

Mom has been playing with her camera again...what's new? ;) I don't mind being her model as long as she keeps the treats coming! She was trying to get the bokeh effect. Bokeh refers to the quality of the out of focus or blurred background areas in a photo and the way the lens renders these points of light. It means you have a shallow depth of field. At least that is Mom's understanding. :) Anyway, she has been hearing/seeing this term alot lately, and she kind of likes the word. :) In this case, our Christmas tree lights provide the background. Mom discovered that the further she was away from the light source, the bigger and more eye pleasing bokeh she could obtain.

This is one of our Christmas ornaments that Dad got last year. The dog is supposed to be a Ridgeback like me but it clearly has hair that is too long to belong to a Ridgeback. :) Still cute though, and we love it!

This little guy tops our tiny "dog" tree. That's right, we have a dog tree that has my ornaments, as well as, Dad's Husky football ornaments. Mom says we are getting too many ornaments though and next year we may need a Husky tree and a Nala tree. :)

And finally, Mom wanted to see the bokeh effect in black and white. We like the color ones the best but this photo lended itself better to black and white due to the fact that I was not as sharp as Mom would have liked in the color version.

Happy Holiday Photo Taking! :)



Ms. ~K said...

Wow, Mom got some incredible shots w/ the bokeh effect...of course with you as her subject, she can't go wrong!
Hugs and belly rubs Sweet Nala,

bbes tribe said...

WOW! Those are some great pics. Of course we reallllly like the ones with you in them.
Ernie & Sasha

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

I have to say, I like that effect!

Anonymous said...

nice shots! totally understand about being away from the blog - me too on mine! April 8 is what I thought! There's another "Nala" on the waters edge (feb 5), didn't think it was her but wasn't totally sure! Nala is a perfect calendar girl!

Glad your grandpa is doing well and you had a "barkarrific" birthday!
carri ann

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Fur some reason, I think HUSKY trees rokhk!

PeeEssWoo: Even if said husky is really a MALAMUTE!

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Very artistically done. You make a great subject! And we agree that ornament looks more like a Golden or something, but it's still cute. ;-)

Selba said...

Everything is so cute! Our favorite is the bokeh effect in black and white!

Adele, Vincent & Bella

JD and Max said...

Hi Nala - oh wow, your mom is so talented, we wish she could take a few photos of us - sigh! We have to say we loved the black and white one, very atmospheric, absolutely beautiful! Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Mango said...

I like you better in color too. I am not sure that is a real ridgeback ornament either, but it is very nice.


achieve1dream said...

Those are great!! I love it!

The OP Pack said...

What a nice effect that bokeh gives!!! Guess maybe we need to paw Mom for a Husky tree too.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Maggie and Mitch said...

Your mom takes the most awesome photos and of course she has the awesome model, Nala!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

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Ludo van Doggy said...

Very beautiful photos yous Mum be very talented.
Merry Crisp Mas!
~lickies, Ludo

Anonymous said...

From my family to yours,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We wish you a Merry Christmas,
We WISH you a Merry CHRISTMAS,
and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

(And Mom & Dad)

The Army of Four said...

Your mom is an awesome photographer - but then, look at the GORGEOUS subject she has! ;)
Hope you had a lovely Christmas.

Raising Addie said...

Beautiful pix!

We hope you had a great Christmas!!!

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie and Hailey

Life With Dogs said...

I love these - especially because I can never get a good shot in low light. Beautiful pics.

Happy holidays! :) I hope you had a chance to join us in song! :)

Daisy Dog said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh Nala! I'm so so sorry for not visiting for ages!! Hope you had a great Christmas & New Year...I just LOVE those pictures! My humans says she has never heard the word "bokeh" but she LOVES the effect! She is also always trying to learn how to do more interesting things with her camera - she always so admires your human's skills....she says she wishes we lived closer coz then she could come and take lessons from your human! (And we could have playdates!)

Anyway, I hope you got LOTS of yummy treats for being such a good model. My human also uses treats to get me to model sometimes although they make me drool a lot which sort of spoils the picture! :-)

Honey the Great Dane