Background “Pops”

Do you stop to consider your background before you take a picture? Yesterday I introduced you to “bokeh.” Today we’re going to take that a step further and look at WHAT you choose to be your bokeh. It’s all about paying attention to the little ‘pops’ of color in the background and making them work with you! This first photo is of a simple little twig, but since I centered it over a blurry red flower in the background, your eye is drawn to the tip of the twig.

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The light and shadow in the background of this one keep the eye flowing around the photo.

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The pale yellow flower in the background gives a special brightness to the thorn. (Check out the second photo below — with a dark colored background the impact is very different!)

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A subtle outline of a lighter color makes these silhouettes pop! (This was actually a white sign all the way across the garden – but when blurred-out, it really adds to the photo!)

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How about a tumbleweed on the hillside 30 feet away? YUP! Works for me!

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So next time you’re going to take a picture – check out the background first. “Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” ~Ansel Adams

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