Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bokeh Bokeh Bokeh

Remember this post where I so discretely gave the hubs options for Mother's Day?  Well, he took the hint with all the graciousness in the world and promptly emailed me the shipping confirmation a mere 20 minutes after I posted my options.  I guess he didn't even want me to think he was considering option number 2.  And, yes, Momma gets what Momma wants, sometimes, mostly, almost never, but usually.

I couldn't wait to get home and try out my new lens.  So, that is exactly what I did on Mother's day.  It was a gorgeous sunny day, but too hot, and the baby had just clonked her head (the hubs wants it noted that she did this under my watch and upon my return from the trip he handed over a perfectly in tact, healthy, happy baby, with not a scratch or bruise on her - yay for daddy) and for some reason I didn't take one picture that was worth a damn. 

Yesterday, at the park I decided to give it another shot.  It's cloudy, but not as hot, and for some reason when my kids are playing with other kids (unlike Sunday) they don't mind my lens in their faces quite so much. 

Now, for all of your photography lame-o's (and I am one of you), you probably don't get the title of this post, or the point of my new lens.  So, let's visit Wikipedia, shall we?  Since you are my hostage, here goes:

In photography, bokeh is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light."

Basically, my new lens has a wicked blur factor.  It's best for portraits which I think will come in hella handy with my rugrats, oh, and it is really fast, like amazing shutter speed!  COOL, huh?  Although, these pictures aren't crazy good, they did allow me to explore my lens a little.

Cuteness and Picture Commentary Straight Ahead (or below, if you wanna get technical)

Baby Girl is now saying "What's This?"  Only it sounds like "WHAZZ-IZZ." She points and repeats it over and over until you finally tell her what it is that she is looking at.  This morning, on our way to school she did this over a squirrel, and yes, I promptly told her "That's a tree rat."  

One of the best things about bringing my camera to the park is that I get to take pictures of Becky's kids, who are ridiculously adorable, and so photogenic, and even when I don't get one good picture of my kids, I almost always get one of hers. 

Counter Clockwise from the top:
1) Becky says "Give each other a kiss" So, the girls lean in, I fumble for my camera, and they give each other a giant princess style, when Harry met Sally, kinda kiss on the lips.  It was seriously 3 seconds long, so how I missed it with my super fast camera is beyond me.  But, I did.  And, what I show you here, is Camdyn pulling away with her lips still puckered and Madison beaming with joy.  Becky meant a kiss on the cheek, but they are totally besties, and they can kiss however they want to.
2) Madie playing on the slide and just looking gorgeous because she is
3) Cam hugging Madison, because even though they fight they really love each other to the moon and back
4) Just adorable

And then we have babies, who are going to grow up and get married, because they just have to.  And because Becky and I need to be related so that our married kids can say that they have the best in-laws EVA.  And so that Madie and Cam can be sisters... in law style.  So, it's all been worked out.

Counter Clockwise because my mind goes backwards like that:
1) The man child looking pensive and adorable and like he just walked out of an Abercrombie catalog.  Seriously, the child has great genes.
2) Ladybug buns.  I just love it.  And now that she is walking and you can see it, it's so cute! And, her little PediPed shoes that I bought at a consignment shop, brand new, never worn, for $8 are hella cute too!
3) All that hair.  We are so jealous.  I mean seriously, is Chloe ever going to grow some hair.  Bald is beautiful, though.  Oh, and the Bokeh in this picture is working...
4) Miss Belle was having great fun throwing acorns and mulch down her onsie and then asking "Whazzz IZZZ?"  So, we'd help her fish them out and then she would do it again.  It probably won't be long until Sawyer is offering to help with that ::snicker::

So, if you take nothing else from the 2 minutes you spent here today.  At least you saw some damn cute kids and you learned the word "Bokeh."  And in the styling of my 4th grade teacher, Miss Key, "Now, go forth and and use it in a sentence."


Michelle & Jimmy Rivas said...

Such cute pictures...hope you had a great mother's day... I like the present! Hope your dad is doing alright now. All the best!

Liza said...

Yay for a new lens! I want a new flash. A bounce flash. That's what I want. But maybe I should have the baby first.

I love the photos! The rounded edges remind me of the ones my folks have of me from the early 80s - totally nostalgic. And, the "kiss" picture that you caught is probably more of a "moment" than the kiss itself. So cute!!!

J said...

I lust over the 50 1.4, so jealous! I have the 50mm 1.8, since it was much more in my price range, but the bokeh just lacks the sweetness of yours. Great pics!

Joanna said...

Great job with the new lens! I <3 bokeh :) I really love the 50mm 1/4 but hav the 1/8 for now, maybe someday ::sigh::