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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, 24-70mm f/2.8, set at 70mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec., ISO 1000 in AV mode.

I was shooting my first wedding which was turning out relatively well and had a few spare seconds to do some random bokeh shots. I was the most relaxing part of the day.
-Aaron Meyers

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Miniature Stetson

I was walking the streets of Hipsterville (aka Los Feliz, L.A.), on the prowl for what my friend calls 'body-dumpers'—older beat-up American giants with expansive trunks that evoke the transport of bodies, a la Jimmy Hoffa. My friend has a website, bodydumpers.com, and I'd been meaning to contribute. (We're from Detroit, may explain the preoccupation with beat up American cars, Hoffa, dead bodies in trunks)

I stumbled upon this beautifully battered red Jeep Wagoneer, complete with fake wood paneling. I took a ton of shots before I noticed the coolest part about the truck—the little cowboy hat hanging from the rearview. Shooting with a 5D mkII body and an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens, shot 70mm, wide open at f/2.8, ISO 400. I knew from the hyperfocal contest that the longer the focal length and the closer I was to the subject, the shallower the depth of field, and the better the Bokeh.
- Adam Thurtell

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Hi

My name is Adrian Vata and I am originally from Romania but now live in Montreal,Canada. I am not a professional photographer but I would like to become one.
I h i just started with a new D7000 Nikon and hoping that will learn how to use it a in a few days (months)

The shot was taken from my work office window at 3 AM in the morning, outside was a blistering -23 °C (-9 °F), i had to defrost the window to be able to get it somehow transparent and make the markings in the water droplets, the light in the background is actually a window neon sign from a store in front of the building. Nikon D7000, 92mm, 1/5 sec at f5.6, ISO 320, handhold

I will like to add, special tanks to gizmodo for this opportunity to allow beginners ( in the photographic area) to take on challenges and offering the informations needed to understand it too.
- Adrian Vata

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Nikon D7000 f/5.6 2.5s ISO 800. Nikkor 18-105 VR

I think this one would have been better suited for the zoom challenge. Well, I had a really good picture in mind with the rain but it won't rain until Monday night here so it was out of the question. So I just did this because it's the first thing that came to mind.
- Aman Singh

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Nikon D3000
50mm
f/1.8
ISO 3200
1/20 sec.

We put christmas lights on the wall and I had a patient friend
as a model pretending to perfume herself for an hour.
-Anna Albert

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Dark Knight By Candlelight

I shot this picture of a chess set by candle light using a Canon T2i with the kit lens (18-55mm IS). The final picture used ISO 100 / F5.6 @ 55mm with a 5.0 sec exposure. The photo had a couple of minor tweaks in Lightroom, but overall was barely edited. I just bought my first SLR 3 weeks ago, and this is my first real attempt at any particular technique as well as my first submission to a shooting challenge. I had already packed all my Christmas lights away, so I tried to make do with a giant bag of tea lights that had been tucked away for hurricane season. I lit up a couple dozen candles, and in the process delighted my wife by spilling hot wax on our dining room table.

Thanks,
- Anthony Mason

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Specs: Canon Rebel XS 18-55mm, ISO 400 F1/5

Long time fan, first time courageous enough to enter the challenge. I really wanted to take pictures of a cityscape, or find a ferris wheel somewhere. When that didn't work out, I almost gave up until I realized I could mimic the same effect with glitter. I pulled out this old purse of mine and snapped away in different angles. Took me forever to pick the one I like the most, but I'm pretty happy with the result. Here's to making it work! Only some cropping in Picasa.

Sorry if the attachments aren't exactly what you wanted, I'm not very computer savvy.
-Regards,
Asra Hussain

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A shot of my old (hasn't been used in awhile) Pentax 50mm F/2 lens. I shot this at home with the lens sitting on top of this silver camera hard case I have. The lighting was all ambient. Just some CFL lights from my kitchen, and christmas lights in the background. The christmas lights are about 15 feet behind the lens. Tripod mounted Canon 7D, 70-200mm F/2.8L Canon lens. RAW, ISO 100, F/2.8, 1 second exposure. Minor sharpening and color correcting in Photoshop CS5. This project was fun, it reminded me how fun and simple bokeh can be.
- Brandon J. Doza

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"Green Fairies"

I first took some bokeh shots which had some green street lights in
it, and all I kept thinking about was the green fairies you allegedly
see after drinking Absinth. So I decide to grab a bottle of Absinth
(alcoholics keep those things laying around) and find as many green
street lights in a row as possible, without getting arrested for
drinking in public.

At first when I saw this picture I was upset that the label was not in
focus; but then I saw that the reflection of the street lights just
above and to the left of the label on the bottle were in focus, which
created a unique bokeh of its own, distorted by the green glass of the
bottle, I knew that this was the shot to use. Shot on Nikon D90, 50mm,
f/1.4, iso 800.
-Bryan Burra

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Photo taken with:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
Shot at 20mm @ f/1.7 @ 1/30 sec

I had been taken bokeh shots all weekend and while driving after having dinner with some friends, I was stopped at a red light and took out my camera and took a couple of bokeh shots with the street and store lights.
- Calvin Lee

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as I didnt have extra light to have some reflex on the pieces behind the main one, i used a Mirror to some extra light from sunlight over to the remain chess pieces behind the main one.

I used a Nikon D5000 with 55mm at f/5.6 ISO 200.

Thanks
- Carlos Rodrigues

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Canon 7D
28-135
f/9
ISO 350
1/160th

I smeared a little bit of lotion on my UV protector to give this image a fuzzy look. After that it was just a matter of finding a subject which turned out to be my stairway light fixture.
-Chris Humphrey

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After someone sending me the link for the Day Taken at Night challenge this evening (great pictures by everyone, by the way), I decided to check out and try the current challenge. With only a few hours left before the deadline, my boyfriend's and my laziness/festiveness luckily paid off, as the lights on our still up Christmas tree made for a great Bokeh subject. And now it's time to finally take down the decorations and the tree...

Shot with a Nikon D80, AF Nikkor 50mm f 1.8, ISO 800.
-Claudia Fiore

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Homemade light bright was the idea here. I stayed with my first idea of poking holes into cardboard in various pictures and words with a light source behind it. I initially used a halogen bulb for a source but wanted to incorporate color into the photograph. I used my computer monitor for the colored light source with a basic rainbow spectrum and taped the cardboard to it. The Gizmodo logo was a fun one and one of my first. I really wanted to do a complex scene. I even did one with trees, a meadow, mountain and the sun. It is fairly easy to get the proper color on the proper holes in the cardboard with a simple paint program. Just a bunch of colored rectangles, for instance a yellow square in the upper left for the Sun. I wish I could submit more than one. In the end, the Gizmodo photograph just seemed to be the cleanest looking. I hope you had fun with this one, I did. BTW, I had my camera on a tripod about six feet away from the monitor if you are curious.

Canon 7D F/4.5
10 sec
ISO 200
53mm
- David Lantz

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Title: Mmmmmm Bokeh

As of recent, I've been collecting vinyl toys. For those that don't know, vinyl toys are essentially 3D sculptures that artists design their art on. The "toys" are mostly meant to be stored away or displayed in some sort of case, but I like to play with mine. They are toys after all. This guy here is one of my recent additions to my collection, and he's awesome. His name is Caleb and he was created by artist James Jarvis, which he based on the comic "The Wisdom of Caleb." I very much enjoy taking photos of my toys in environments that fit their characters. So for this guy, I took him out to the city where I'd assume he's looking for the best sausage joint in town. I used the background lights from the cars and stop lights to create my "bokeh" effect.

Camera Info:
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 50mm f/1.4
ISO 640, 1/50 @ f/2.2
- Doug Smith

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First shooting challenge with my new lens :) It's a Tamron 18-270mm.
When I first read about this week's challenge, I wasn't originally
intending to do a night shoot. But the first chance I had to do some
test shots happened to be at night, and I was amazed at the results. I
immediately knew I had to do this challenge at night. Then it was just
a matter of finding another night with a few hours free to look for
good lights & try to figure out what to put in the foreground.
Originally I was using my wedding ring, but I ended up preferring the
penny as it's about the same size as the light blurs and about the
same thickness as the depth of field at these settings :) Shot on a
Canon Rebel XS at full zoom, f6.3, ISO 100, 1.6 second exposure.
-Eric Kornblum

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Homemade light bright was the idea here. I stayed with my first idea of poking holes into cardboard in various pictures and words with a light source behind it. I initially used a halogen bulb for a source but wanted to incorporate color into the photograph. I used my computer monitor for the colored light source with a basic rainbow spectrum and taped the cardboard to it. The Gizmodo logo was a fun one and one of my first. I really wanted to do a complex scene. I even did one with trees, a meadow, mountain and the sun. It is fairly easy to get the proper color on the proper holes in the cardboard with a simple paint program. Just a bunch of colored rectangles, for instance a yellow square in the upper left for the Sun. I wish I could submit more than one. In the end, the Gizmodo photograph just seemed to be the cleanest looking. I hope you had fun with this one, I did. BTW, I had my camera on a tripod about six feet away from the monitor if you are curious.

Canon 7D F/4.5
10 sec
ISO 200
53mm
- David Lantz

Just happened upon a little berry bush the other day when I was out for a walk. I thought they would make a beautiful photograph! I use a Canon Rebel XS and had no other equipment for this shot.
-Erika Victor

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Hey Gizmodo,

This is my first attempt at Bokeh or at least my first conscious effort at it. Whats the best way to celebrate Bokeh? With an ice cold beer from one of San Diego's best micro breweries! I had actually gone to the Stone brewery on the Sunday before this contest was announced and still had some beer left so the timing was perfect. I set up my own D.I.Y Bokeh lights in my backyard, frosted a mug, filled it full of Lucky Bastard Ale and went to work. The best part of course was drinking the beer after finishing the shoot!

Shot with my Canon T1i, 18-55mm kit lens at f 4.5, iso 100, 2.5 sec.

Thanks,

Frank Dennaoui

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King and Queen of Bokeh

When wondering around an antiques shop in Co. Galway my brother spotted this glass chess set and got it for €5!! So he brought it home this weekend and we had a few gamses all of which I lost, but at least I got some nice frosted glass shots for the bokeh challenge! I has some other shots with a more typical circley bokeh but I think this shot has a nice creamy bokeh!
Gary Grant

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Camera : Canon 550D
Lens : 18-55MM
Other settings :Focal length 1/5.6 , Exposure 1/3 sec and ISO 6400

Story: I decided to make Lens cover to make interesting Bokeh. But was unable to figure out exact cut size to get the best effect.
I shot couple of pictures while testing the lens hood hack. When I looked at the picture on my computer I loved how multiple color lights intersect and create interesting effect.

Thanks,
-Gaurav Sarode.

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Equipment:
Shot using Canon 20D, Tamron 55 - 200 mm lens set to 200. f/5.6, ISO 100, 4 second exposure.

Me and a friend used this challenge to make a couple of Bokeh shape filters and try them out. They worked great on purely bokeh shots but I spent all evening struggling to get anything in focus in the foreground at the same time.

After getting home and giving up, I noticed some fairy lights in the background worked pretty well, so grabbed the first thing to hand and setup the shot on my kitchen table.

Getting enough light through the small bokeh filter meant exposure had to be pretty long, but I'm reasonably happy with the result.
- Gemmel Sousi

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Camera: Canon D60
Lens: Canon 50mm f1.8
ISO: 400
Exposure: 1/30 sec

Fairy lights on the wall of my daughter's room. Balanced objects on pillows and cushions on her bed. Not fantastically stable. Stole the mirror from my wife's office. When it went back she wanted to know where all the water rings came from.

Thanks
- Ian Evans

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Hi,

Thanks for looking at my photo. I took a portrait photo of a man on a bus nine years ago, and recently decided to paint it using an old box of oil paints that I had from high school. Then, I saw how cool my box of paints looked and started playing around with my camera and the bokeh it produced—oils, a pallet knife, brushes, the photo I'm painting from and even the painting itself are all included in the bokeh of this shot! So this is a photo of a painting from a photo, ha ha. I have been painting this man's portrait endlessly, and the photo of the painting looks better than the painting itself :)

Canon 5D MKII, 200 ISO, 2.8, 70mm

Thanks again,
Jared Casey

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It was raining heavily and just as it was slowing down, I decided to
go outside with my macro lens and take some pictures of water droplets
hanging from the tree branches. This was the last picture I took as I
was heading inside and the camera was still on manual focus. I didn't
bother adjusting the focus at all before taking this photo. The
branches in focus seem overwhelmingly chaotic but the I find the Bokeh
in the foreground and the background balances the shot quite well.
This was taken with a Canon Rebel T1i and a Tamron 90mm F2.8 Macro
lens. Settings at ISO 400, F5.6 and a shutter speed of 1/40.
-Jaspreet Monga

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Title: Great Balls of Fire
F/5.6
ISO 200
18-135mm Lens
Canon T2i
15 Second Exposure

It's late. I've been following the shooting challenge for almost a year now. This is my first entry. Glad to finally do something. Took a few shots of street lights from my balcony. Messed around with the tint a bit to darken the bottom portion of the shot.
- Jay Johnson

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Equipment: Nikon D300s, 18-200mm Zoom Nikkor Lens

Settings: f 22, 6" shutter

Story behind the shot: San Francisco is an amazing setting for Bokeh... and the origin of Biomimification, which embodies the essence of Bokeh. This shot was taken in the Castro, at the corner of Castro and Market while listening to "Walking Far From Home" by Iron & Wine (to be honest, I was also listening to the Black Keys album Brothers during this hike).


Biomimification –
A capture of a moment in time when human ingenuity, creativity and artist expression collide to form natural splendor… a glimpse into the state of bliss........

Begun as a masterpiece, an accidental moment of genius, Biomimification is a perspective that captures a continuous interaction with light and form - one though as if we could stop processing what we see as absolute, as discreet logical moments, but instead see the continuum of light with which to paint.
Painting with light…with the image. Dancing with the camera. Allowing, almost forcing, oneself to see something known in an entirely new light. Being willing to see all that all that is. Finding Bliss.
- Biomimification
- Jeff Hodges

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Tried shooting tons of subjects while this challenge was open - traffic lights, people playing pool, snowflakes on glass... But nothing really jumped out at me as a great bokeh example. So I'm going with this icicle outside our kitchen window, shot about 20 minutes before the deadline. The sunrises at our end of town really are lovely. Nikon D7000, 50mm f/1.8D, f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/400
- Jeremy Jeziorski

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This shooting challenge is my first submission to Gizmodo. I just received my repaired Canon 40D, as recent as just two days ago. This didn't allow me for much time pick something to shoot as I was traveling most of Sunday. I like music so just decided on a simple B&W photo of my acoustic guitar. I used the recently repaired Canon 40D and a 17-55mm 2.8/f IS USM lens @ 55mm and f/2.8 to create the shallow DOF. I did no post processing work for lack of time (hopefully this submission isn't late) and had to shoot at a rather high ISO of 800 for lack of good light.

Regards,
- John Loiacono

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Canon 550D
50mm
ISO 40
1/60
F4.0

I took a stroll around Nob Hill in San Francisco on Sunday afternoon and took a few dozen photos. I thought this photo came out better than any of the indoor, staged photos I took using strings of lights.
- Joshua Bort

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I work as an assistant for a photographer and I finished cleaning up the studio we use. We had about one hour left before the next scheduled photoshoot. So I decided to catch up on reading articles on gizmodo. That's when I saw the shooting challenge and thought that maybe I should try it and enter it for the first time. First, I played around with all the studio lights thinking I could make patterns like the example. I didn't quite get what I wanted so I thought about shooting through objects. I found an old halloween mask lying around and taped it in front of a beauty dish and using a macro lens, I got this shot. Loaded it in lightroom and changed the white balance for the blue tinge to give it more of a ghostly feeling. I saved the photo with the title: The "Bokeh" Monster.

Canon 40D with Canon 50mm 2.5 Macro lens, shot at F9, ISO 100, shutter speed 1/160 of a second.
-Jun Mapue

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I've always seen nice bokeh shots and wondered how they were shot, this challenge taught me a lot. When I first started taking some shots, they weren't coming out that great, but as the night when on, I was getting better. I like this shot because of the colors, and the bokeh is subtle. I used a Nikon D3100 with the 18-55mm lens, since it's the only one I had, with an ISO 100 f/5.6.
- Michael Kyle Harvison

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I live in beautiful Marin County, California, near an amazing open space preserve. Rolling hills, old oak oak trees, untouched land. Yum. Beautiful foggy, drizzly day. I'm primarily a film photography, so I shot this on my Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic IIa, with an SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4 lens and plain ol' 400 ASA Kodak Ultra film. 1/1000 of a second at f/2.
-Lacy McClendon

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Kitchen Romance

I am one of those people who has way too many tealights around the house. I fired them up and set the mood with a Nikon D3000.
Manual mode, 1/5 sec, F4.5, ISO 100.
-Leslie Flaming

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The shot is taking with a Nikon D3100 and the kit lens 18-55mm lens. I live in Copenhagen, Denmark, and have been following the shooting challenges for some time now, and thought it was about time i entered. I just walked around the house, taking pictures of all sorts of things. This picture is my wireless accespoint and all its light. I moved the camera slightly while taking the picture, which kinda made it look like a meteor. ISO 100, f /5.6, 1.7s shutter speed.
- Mads Røjkum Nielsen

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Canon 60D
EFS 18-135mm lens
ISO 250
f/5.6
Exp 1/250

Blurry, out of focus photos are some of my favorite kind to take, so I was stoked when my boyfriend showed me the challenge this week. I had ideas of grandeur for what I could do, shots I could spend time setting up and working on. Then I was at Starbucks with my boyfriend and saw a couple walking their bikes across the street — bam potential — so I took it, and was happy with it. All my other ideas went out the window, but that's okay 'cause I think this natural occurrence turned out much better.

-Mailani Souza

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I was on a snowshoe hike and it was freezing cold.
When I came to the mountain hut I noticed a lovely old kerosene lamp which has been converted to electric.
I took some pictures of this lamp and did not notice that the lens was steamed up more and more.
The last picture was only a yellow dot on black. The sent picture was No 4 of 7.

Shot taken with Sony NEX-5, Lens 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
F4.5, ISO1600, 1/30

Best regards
- Manfred Lenherr

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Hi there,

here is my Submission for the Shooting Challenge. It is the first time for me to submit one of my Photos. I hope you like it a bit.

I did that shot with a Canon Eos 40D. The Lens i used was 1 17-70mm Sigma. Settings at 70mm, 1/30Sek, F/4,5, Iso 100. I think it was AV or M-Mode.

My friends and I were in that little forest, looking for some treasures (mostly garbage) with a metal detector when i saw that little green on the ground. It is just about 1,5 cm small. I tried some shots againgst the sun and came up with this. I smutch my clothes while doing the pictures, because the ground was muddy and wet, but i really wanted to take this mini on my sensor. :)

Thanks,
- Marcel Stefer

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Camera settings:
Nikon D7000 w/ Nikon 35mm f1.8 Lens
Shot at ISO 100, f/2.0 at 1/80 sec

So, I took hundreds of shots and nothing really stood out bokeh-wise for me beyond "ah that looks cool...but for a bokeh contest? Ehhh" until I came up with the idea of doing a "Bokeh Man" Who needs to drive out to the desert and party hard with a "Burning Man", when you can wrap yourself up in x-mas lights, use a remote and snap photos? Then again on second thought...
- Marc Wrzesinski

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Mary works at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and after a long night of work...she agreed to take a photo break. The manager at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse was nice enough to allow me to go in and take a few shots after they had closed. Thanks, David! This was the result. Pretty basic, but a lot of fun!
-Mark Jenkins

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Above: a string of Christmas lights hanging from the ceiling of my garage. Below: a cluster of dried berries.
Nikon D70s with 60mm Micro-Nikkor, ISO 400, 1sec @ f/8.
-Mark Reddick

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y the time you get this, it will have probably already gotten us. There was 5 of us. It took the others out, one by one. Theres only two of us now, and we can't run anymore. We weren't prepared, but you can be, better than us, anyways. Its not human. It has an estimated 12 legs from what we could see. There could be more of these things, but we only encountered one. It has a screech that sounds like a mix of a cat in heat and a tire burning out. It feeds off of us. Eats us whole. We have this photo. It is blurry, and lacks detail, but we weren't able to get anything better than this. Hopefully this will be of aid to you in your search for this creature. Although we aren't able to give you a clearer picture, we were able to resize it to a size convenient for use as a wallpaper for just about any desktop, regardless of screen size. I'm sure it will help when you take your computer out on extended unknown monster hunts.

Oh God. Its in! IT GOT IN! WE DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME, YOU NEED TO ACT NOW, AND TO SPREAD THE WORD. IF YOU FIND MY MOTHER, TELL HER I LOVE HER, AND ALTHOUGH I'M SURE THIS ISN'T RELEVANT AT ALL TO THE SITUATION AT HAND, THE PHOTO WAS TAKEN WITH A CANON 60D, USING A EFS 18-135MM LENS AT F/36, AN EXPOSURE TIME OF 1/160, AND AN ISO OF 3200... JUST IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING!

REMEMBER, AS WE BELIEVE THIS IS MOST VITAL TO YOUR VICTORY OVER THIS UNCOMMON FOE, TO REMEKKCHXJFKFSAO4H308TU405ON 08(&yhon byIHSCBAOIUB()&U
- Michael

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Camera: Panasonic GF1 with 20mm/f1.7 lens, ISO 125, f2.5, 1/2000 sec,
iauto, manual focus. Jan 29, 2011

I'm a big fan of the Fiat 500, and once I heard Fiat was doing their
press event in San Diego (My hometown and current city) I knew I had
to find where they where and snap some pictures. The auto focus was
having trouble dealing with the glare on the shiny paint on a very
sunny day around noon, so I switched off autofocus and shot it in
manual focus and was very pleased with the result.
-Michael King

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Taken with a Canon 7D and Canon prime 50mm lens. Was walking around the streets of Old San Juan and thought of the challenge. This is what I came up with.
- Mig

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I took this while walking around downtown Scranton, PA with the intention of getting a photograph of the newspaper building but they turned all the lights off so that was out. While I walked back to my car I saw this fence with some streetlights and a parking garage behind it. I like the shallow depth of field on the fence, I think it gives you a little more perspective for the shot. Canon 10D, 50mm, f1.8, 1/10 seconds, ISO 100
- Mike Stuchlak

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A Ball & His Dog

I have always wanted to shoot photography and watching Gizmodo hold weekly photo contest gave me more reason to do so. So this weekend I decided it was time to finally give it a try, I purchased an entry level DSLR and started shooting with out reading instruction. It took a lot of blurry, unsightly, and umm "creative" pictures to get this as an end result, overall I learned a lot about the camera while doing this contest so it was some good fun. I am not exactly sure if this is bokeh enough for you but it was my best attempt (you don't want to see the other photos). The photo was taken using a canon xsi with its stock 18-55mm lens and f5.6 exposure time 2.5s and iso at 400
-Myke Outinen

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I took this with my Canon 50mm f/1.8 at f/1.8, 1/125th, and ISO-100.

I wasn't sure what I was going to do this challenge, but I didn't really want it to be just lights in the background. I had just finished my last beer, saw the bottle sitting next to the glass, and decided it could work. I bought some more beer, poured it, and went to work. It was really difficult to pick which one to submit, but in the end the shadows and the blur circles around the right of the rim won against the others.

Oh and if anybody's curious, that's Boulevard Brewery's Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale in the back; a great execution of the Belgian Saison.
-Nathan Lorich

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Cert

Not a usual Shot which I would have liked to enter of Creamy Buttery Bokeh Balls but the shooting opportunity was rather limited this weekend so I had to improvise.
The scene is set, marriage certificate and lots of Red wine, tripod, some candles and of course the lovely 50mm, 1.4.

Shot with:
Nikon D90
Nikor 50mm 1.4g @ 1.4
1/40s, ISO 250

Cheers!
- Nils Rohwer

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Driving around looking for inspiration on a foggy night. Was so
fascinated with this Starbucks cup ornament hanging from my review
mirror, feels like I took about 500 shots of just this single object
with different lights in the background.

Gear used:
Canon 50D
ISO-1000 (for that grainy effect)
50mm
f/1.8
1/80 sec.

excited to make my first submission after seeing so many amazing challenges!
-Patrick Elliot

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Taking off...

Nikon D90 with 50mm f/1.8
1.3 sec at f/1.8, ISO 1250

There is a certain beauty of 26TB of data flying around a SAN at 4Gbps.
-Peter Anderson

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He there Bokeh lovers,

i'm Philip from germany and here is my "best" shot ...

Info about system:

Nikon D90
Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
1/25s - 1:1.8
ISO 640 / 0LW
sooc (NO processing at all)

And to make a long story short: The intention or motive behind this scenery is as simple as complicated. It should reflect our modern society and the abstractness of our lives. Nobody can "really" see, whats goin' on in this world - everything is just a blur, a glimpse of light and shadows. I was there, standing at a busstation, people walking in front of me, some fast, some slow. In this moment i realized, that there is nothing for real, everything is interpretation...Who we are, where we're going to, what our live is about... just a blur! And that specific feeling, this abstractness, can be perfectly captured through a bokeh shot.

I hope you like it!
-Philip Wollenzien

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A Ball & His Dog

I have always wanted to shoot photography and watching Gizmodo hold weekly photo contest gave me more reason to do so. So this weekend I decided it was time to finally give it a try, I purchased an entry level DSLR and started shooting with out reading instruction. It took a lot of blurry, unsightly, and umm "creative" pictures to get this as an end result, overall I learned a lot about the camera while doing this contest so it was some good fun. I am not exactly sure if this is bokeh enough for you but it was my best attempt (you don't want to see the other photos). The photo was taken using a canon xsi with its stock 18-55mm lens and f5.6 exposure time 2.5s and iso at 400
-Myke Outinen

Harley with Bokeh lights.
taken at saint louis auto show (dissapionting auto show), this big Harley, 50mm nikor n lights perfectly accompined my needs for these bokeh headlights. Shot at 1/160s, f 1.8, ISO 320.
- Rosan Nepal.

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The shot consisted of very basic home equipment: Christmas lights, candle and construction paper. The setup of the shot was a bit unorthodox as the only 'dark' room to take the photo in my apartment is a small bathroom. With the camera and flash mounted on their own tripods, I had to strategically position the equipment in the small room (making sure the candle and lights had the required minimum separation) with me snaking and twisting my body in the space that remained. Uncomfortable shooting location to say the least but I am happy with the final product. Shot with a Nikon D80, Nikon DX Nikkor 18-135mm lens, f/5.6, ISO 100, exp 1/15 sec, 90mm focal length.
- Ryan Thorsley

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I took this with a Canon EOS 500D and 18-55mm lens f/5.6 ISO 200. I'd wanted to make bokeh with the bright lights of a cinema but it promptly started raining so got this shot from inside the car
- Sam D'Cruz

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A friend of mine once told me about a little trick for long exposures, which is to de-focus during the exposure. Sounded like just the thing I could use to let me bokeh shot stand out a bit. I had some issues with defining the bokeh balls well at first because the camera kept moving when I changed the focus. The fix was to cover the lens while I de-focused the image. I like how the stars in the background are in focus - you could say it's reverse-bokeh.

Shot with a 35mm f/1.4 lens on a Canon T2i at f/1.4, ISO 100, 5 second exposure.
- Shea Chen

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So this was shot using a Nikon D40 with the kit 18-55mm lens at 800 ISO, f/5.6, 1/13 exposure time, and 55mm focal length. I was just borrowing this camera for a few days, when I was in the car and I remembered the shooting challenge. There were a lot of lights, so I just shot away and this was the best one, in my opinion.
- Thiago Fernandes

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Hey guys,

Shot this with my T2i mounted on a gorilla pod attached to the Brooklyn Bridge. 50mm at f 2.5, 1/6. Danboard makes a great model and I had a lot of fun on my freezing late night adventure.
-Tim Schubert

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Camera: 5D2
Lens: Canon 45mm f2.8 TSE
Stats: 1/250, ISO250, f2.8

Photo was taken in Richmond, British Columbia at Finn Slough in the South Dykes.

More info about the location:
The residents and fishers who live and work in this unique community invite you to explore the pages of this website and uncover the many delightful aspects of the "Slough"; its Finnish roots, the who's who of wildlife and plants, current events related to our community and its role in the rich heritage of the Fraser River.
-http://www.finnslough.com/

Ranging from absolute noob to professional, 10 people met for a photowalk on a cold and wet Saturday morning. I was showing a demonstration of how a TSE (tilt-shift) lens works and this was one of the examples. By changing the focal plane, one can focus on two objects which are positioned at different distances. As we walked around the Dykes, I couldn't believe people actually lived instead some of these boats and houses still!
-Tomasz Wagner

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Hi,

my picture shows basically just a small box of colored stones, but expresses for me everything, what makes photograpy such great.

Bokeh, great colors, depth of field, etc.

I have used a 5dm2 with 135mm f2 on 1/125 Exposure and ISO 400. I love that combination.

Best Regards from Snowy Munich / Germany.
-Tom Bu

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This is a picture of a christmas tree in New York that still hasen't been taken down. I have bad eyesight so if I take off my glasses then I see everything in bokeh, so it was easier for me to find this picture without having to look through the camera. Shot with Canon T1i 18-55mm ISO 800 f3.5
-Zachary Fam

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My hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania looks absolutely magnificent at night from the top of Mount Washington on the south bank of the Monongahela River. I went up to one of my favorite overlooks and got this shot of downtown - you can see the white lights following the curve of the famous double-lenticular Smithfield Street Bridge, among other things.

Shot with my new favorite toy - a Nikon D7000 and the 18-105mm kit lens at 35mm, f/4.5, ISO 1600, 1/6 second.
-Zaven Gabriel