Pet Photography Project 52, Week 27: Beautiful Bokeh

Bokeh is the focus (pun intended) of week 27’s Pet Photography Project 52 post. Expect to see some major puppy prettiness going around the blog circle with this theme!

Even if you’ve never heard the word bokeh (pronounced BOH-Kə or BOH-kay) before, you’ve likely seen it and you may even have created it in your own photos. According to the Nikon artcle, “Bokeh for Beginners,” “Bokeh is defined as ‘the effect of a soft out-of-focus background that you get when shooting a subject, using a fast lens, at the widest aperture, such as f/2.8 or wider.’ Simply put, bokeh is the pleasing or aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph.”

Related: Pet Photography Project 52, Week 7: Natural Light

The best bokeh is described as smooth, creamy, and beautiful. It is often seen with a shallow depth of field that appears out of focus. When photographed correctly, this blurred focus translates into glowing, soft light orbs. Some refer to this as “cream cheese bokeh.” Cream cheese bokeh produces a gradient effect within the background. It works wonderfully with portraits by helping your subject stand out by diffusing an otherwise busy background. This is how I elected to feature bokeh in my example.

Meet Piccata. This fluffy girl is one of our newest additions who will be moving into our backyard Hen Pen soon along with June and Peep, our two Rhode Island Reds, and three other light Brahmas named Marsala, Pox, and Princess Lay-A. We got them from the hatchery just last week. Later this month these six will be joined by nine more, including a Polish chick and several white leghorns. If you’re keeping track, that’s 15 chickens we’ll soon have!

hands holding a yellow chick

Notice the soft, blurred background? That’s bokeh. If you look toward the left side of the image (and your eyes are really good), you can  make out a few subtle orbs of light green created by light filtering through the trees in the distance.

In case anyone is wondering, Hunter absolutely loves “his chicks,” as we call them! When we ask him where they are, he’ll immediately run up to the brooder and sniff them out. Surprisingly, “his chicks” enjoy watching him too!

Oh–and if you’re wondering why Hunter didn’t make his usual project 52 appearance, that’s because he was preoccupied hamming it up as a new brand ambassador for Pack Leashes. If you follow this made-in-the-USA dynamic rope and carabiner dog leash company on Instagram (@packleashes), you’re soon to see Hunter’s fur face in its feed.

Related: Pack Leashes Launches Brand Ambassador Partnership


The Pet Photography Project 52 posts are part of a blog circle. To see what the next pawesome pet photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Bokeh,” start with Sandra McCarthy Photography of NH. Continue to click the link at the end of each post and you’ll eventually find your way back here.

20 thoughts on “Pet Photography Project 52, Week 27: Beautiful Bokeh

    1. I DO try to cuddle them, or at least hold them each day, but they’re starting to get a little more jittery as they’ve gotten older.

    1. Ha–yes! I would have been happy with about four, but the husband (and former farm boy) wanted more.

    1. They are really tiny and delicate! At first Hunter was allowed to visit them–gently–if we held them as he’s walk up and sniff them, but after he tried to squeak Peep by nosing her a little too roughly on her head, he has been banned.

  1. First, I love the names of your chickens. Second, how did you get the upside down “e” in your pronunciation?..LOL! Third, that bokeh is so creamy and excellent. I love baby chicks!

    1. Thank you! I love a good pun, so almost all of them have pun-ny names!

      I got that upside down “e” by simply copying and pasting it from the definition that was provided in the link you shared in the group to learn more about bokeh. I wouldn’t know where to begin going about creating upside down letters on my own!

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