Posts Tagged ‘Bokeh’


D213: Deux Champignons

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 by Eric Kunimura Tagged: , ,

The Daily Shoot assignment for 2010/08/03:

How does your garden grow? Make a photo of something growing in your or someone else’s garden today.

I know I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again; photography has allowed me to see things that other people don’t. For example, I spotted these mushrooms growing in a small community greenbelt about 20 yards away as I was driving past them at 45mph. I don’t think many people would notice them unless they were walking past them.

Read: Here’s Why Fast Glass Matters, Photofocus

Viewed: Local Phoenix photographer Ellen Barnes


D166: Disconnected

In Black & White on June 16, 2010 by Eric Kunimura Tagged: , , , ,

If you’re asking yourself “what is this?” after looking at this image, I don’t think you’ll ever guess.

An uncommon trick to making interesting images is to simply rotate the image or flip it 180 degrees. I rarely do this and in fact, I’ve probably only done it twice in the past year but it worked for this image. This image is actually upside down from the way it was originally shot. After editing I decided to turn the image over and as it turned out, the image became much more interesting and unrecognizable.

So what is is?…It’s a water spicket in a brick wall of a school building. This is my 2nd day of looking for interesting subjects around a school near my home…

This image somehow lost sharpness after uploading to wordpress. Not sure why.

Read: Spent a lot of time researching new gear bags today so I guess my reading for today was technical information about camera gear.

Viewed: Showcase – Inspirational Images From Pros & PP Readers, Practical Photography, May 2010.


D163: Cutie

In Uncategorized on June 15, 2010 by Eric Kunimura Tagged: , , , , ,

Playing catch-up from this weekend. I was out-of-town and didn’t find the time to post my daily images.

My nephew at 1yrs old. Shot standing over him with a 50mm @ 1.8. I give a lot of credit to child and pet photographers. Those little guys never sit still long enough to frame a shot perfectly. Shooting children more often would definitely help me learn to see, think, and shoot faster for sure!

Read/Viewed: Watched 20 mins. of‘s day 3 with Zack Arias. I knew I wouldn’t be able to watch all three days live so I ended up buying it in advance to save a little coin. I haven’t watch all of it but I think I’ll get my moneys worth.


D148: Angel Hair

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 by Eric Kunimura Tagged: , , ,

…No not angel hair pasta. I shot some things for a personal project today but didn’t want to use them for my 365 post. I shot a few extra things to use for today’s post so here it is:

Read: Syl Arena’s blog Speedliting. Great blog with loads of information and how-to articles. A definite bookmark and follow type of blog. …and now added to my Google Reader!

Viewed: Images from Stacy Pearsall. She’s an award-winning ex-combat photographer with a well-rounded career. Is there anything she can’t do?


D126: Saturate or Isolate

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 by Eric Kunimura Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,

Today’s Tasra365 ThemeThursday subject is Color.

As a new photog I admit that I tend to experiment with the many different styles of other photogs. I like what I see and want to see if I can do it too. Although I’m pleased with the results, sometimes I’m not truly satisfied because I haven’t fully explored my own creative talents. I consider this mimicking part of the process of learning the skills that will allow me to create what I envision. These are skills that I build on to create my own individual style.

Do you mimic the work of others or do what’s true to who you are as a photographer?

My first image was practicing shooting at f/1.8 to create artistic bokeh. It’s been done hundreds of times before but now I know how to create this type of shot. With a little more practice I’ll have another skill under my belt. DOF is very thin and can be difficult to isolate the subject perfectly without patience.

This second image is me. This just happens to be an image that I liked from today’s adventure. I grabbed it by leaning out of my car window while waiting in queue at a drive-thru car wash. Of course I didn’t focus perfectly on the intended subject (the pink flowers) but over all the image still sparks interest.

Read: Gary Fong’s WHAT’S WRONG WITH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY TODAY blog post. Quite a controversial post.

Viewed: Random images of color bokeh on Flickr. I was looking for ideas on bokeh using my 50 1.8.