It has been slightly over a year since I developed an interest in taking pictures. A favorite website of mine, The Pioneer Woman, has a photography page with simple explanations of strange and confusing terms such as aperture, focal length and shutter speed. Along with input from my good friend Jon and my well-used copy of Nikon D90 for Dummies, I have made great headway in learning how my camera works and how to, most of the time, take a decent picture.
Every month or so, The Pioneer Woman hosts a photography contest. Each contest has a specific subject matter. She has done food, the color green (what a wonderful reason to have to buy peanut butter M & M's), water, and bugs, just to name a few. My favorite is the 'bokeh' assignment that she has had the past two Christmas'.
Bokeh is the blur, or the 'aesthetic quality of the blur' in the picture, or the way the lens renders the out of focus area of the picture. (That description obviously came straight from Wikipedia.) Below is an example of a picture that I took and entered in her bokeh Christmas contest this year. See how the lights from the Christmas tree are all blurry and round? That y'all, is bokeh.