A growing obsession with digitally archiving everyday life has given rise to countless apps facilitating your diaristic tendencies. Rising above the clutter is Bokeh, a new service that strips lifelogging to its essentials with a pared-down app that stresses less is more.
Malaysian photographer Lee Peiling created images so fantastic, it feels like you're peering into another world. A world populated with helpful praying mantises and ants ready to lend a helping hand.
Lensbaby's Portrait Kits are filled with camera accessories that can make any blemished-faced teen beautiful. They're perfect for portrait photographers tasked with the difficult job of photographing people's not-so-perfect faces.
Bokeh is the ephemeral essence of blur, something you can see yet remains completely intangible. Other times, it can be shaped into a mold, controlled and specific. The 306 entries from this week's Shooting Challenge capture bokeh at both extremes.
"The term comes from the Japanese word boke (暈け or ボケ), which means "blur" or "haze", or boke-aji (ボケ味), the "blur quality". The Japanese term boke is also used in the sense of a mental haze or senility." -Wikipedia
Bokeh, which is the out-of-focus light distortion in the background of a photo, is more and more seen as an aesthetic element of photography. This lens brings it more attention by shaping those blurs into stars, hearts, and more.