Weekly Photography Assignment: Bokeh


Each week we’ll be giving you a theme that you can submit a photo for, and we’ll choose our two favourites to be featured on the Nature TTL website. Participating in these assignments will be a great way for you to force yourself to push the boundaries of your photography and improve together as a community on the website.

Week 3: Bokeh

Our theme this week is Bokeh. What’s a bokeh? Here’s the definition:

“The visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image.”

It’s usually how you describe the nice, soft out of focus areas of your photo that are signatory of wildlife images taken with telephotos.  With some creativity, these areas can be made to be particularly attractive. For some guidance, have a read of the following tutorials:

Last Week’s Favourites

Here are our favourites from last week’s theme — Natural Details! View all the entries on our post.

Photo by Will Snow

This image by Will Snow really shows all sorts of natural details. The dew drops covering the spider’s web are crisp and glinting with all sorts of natural light. The whole image is set off nicely by the central droplet which appears to be reflecting some leaves. The use of a shallow depth of field brings some areas into focus, whilst throwing the rest out, to give a very 3D feel to the photo.

Photo by Thomas Gibson
Photo by Thomas Gibson

I love the contrasting areas of this image. The two leaves compliment each other greatly, and the black and white has been used to highlight the important areas: the leaves’ veins. Some great post production work combined with good natural lighting.

Submit Your Photo

To enter your photo to this assignment, add it in the comments below this post. By submitting your photo, you are giving us permission to feature your photo the following week if it is chosen as one of our favourites.

weekly photo assignment
To enter your photo, look at the comments at the bottom of the page and press the ‘Upload Image’ button.

Here are some guidelines to keep things running smoothly:

  • Photos must be your own work
  • Please enter no more than 3 photos per week
  • Please only enter photos taken within the week of the assignment
  • Include a description with your photo and tell us a bit about it!

You have until next Tuesday, 13th December, to submit your photo.


Silent Lucidity by Johannes S. on 500px.com

Postman by Imran Ashraf on 500px.com

b by ARUN DEVARAJ on 500px.com

Red Squirrel Amongst Heather by Will Nicholls on 500px.com

Good luck!

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