Project 365 Day 5: Bokeh, Sponsored by Mastercard

05-01-10 I took a lot of photos today. Its been snowing all day and again I was trying to capture snowfall as dynamically as I did in this picture but with no luck. I didn't have the nerve to step out into the freezer so I consoled myself with taking some bokeh shots of the fairy lights on the Christmas tree. After all it will be the last chance I get as they come down tonight. Anyway I was snapping away trying different lenses and getting into some very strange positions when this appeared in my viewfinder. "That looks like the Mastercard Logo!" I said, to myself. So I decided to go with it! Not much processing was done, I bumped the saturation of yellow and red in Lightroom to make it pop and cropped it slightly but that was all. Just for the record I took this with a Minolta 70-210 "Beercan" Lens kindly loaned to me by Mr Andrew Wardlaw who is also doing a 365 this year. If I ever get some money together I will be buying it off him as it is pin-sharp and has a constant f4 throughout the zoom. Looking at this though I am beginning to wonder if I have a dirty sensor. Any tips for cleaning?


Manual Page Read: Page 67 - Shooting with the Viewfinder (OVF)


Images Viewed: Again I have been all over flickr in the past few days. I have also started to put together a photography twitter list in order to collate all the tweeting photogs I follow.


Other Inspiration: I have just finished writing up a lab report for my Advanced Networking module. The one thing that got me really thinking was having to use Dijkstra's algorithm it's a complete brain melter.

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  • Caitlyn Nehr 6y

    Lol, Omg, Great idea (:
  • Ben Torode 6y

    My favorite shot so far of 2010. In my book you have won the internet for today. The Mastercard logo was bokeh all along! The beercans are hard to find at reasonable prices here in Japan but I hope to pick one up within the year.

    By the way I've had no problems cleaning my A300 using the cleaning function which locks the sensor in an exposed state for easy cleaning with a blower.
  • Sogs Karim 6y

    Fantastic idea. I love it.
    If only the orange was as big as the red circle.
  • Anna Berglind 6y

    I immediatly thought of Mastercard when I saw the thumbnail! A very clever idea :)
  • Greg McMullin 6y

    Thanks guys!

    It kinda jumps out at you doesnt it!

    torode I won the internet!! Yay! When does it get delivered? Thanks for the tip about the cleaning function I had forgot about that. Time to go buy a blower too...

    .:shk:. I tried to get that shot, but It didn't work out. This was the best one for colour I got.

    Thanks to you all for stopping buy to comment. It really makes a day when a new comment pops up in my RSS reader.
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  • curiousillusion 6y

    Lol @ mastercard sponsor. Great bokeh, I love big bold bokeh dots like this.

    I'm on twitter, same username as here. I'll try to remember to add you when I get home (bad memory, lol).
  • Mick Watson 6y

    Yup, it's amazing how our brains have been trained...two overlapping orange and red circles? Mastercard. Priceless.
  • ChuckShot 6y

    Haha! I immediately thought of MC. Great shot!
  • Greg McMullin 6y

    curiousillusion Too late! I added you first...

    I wish they were actually sponsoring me. I could do with a flashgun!

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  • Todd 6y

    very cool bokeh. I'm sure MC would be proud.
  • Michelle 5y

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  • chakir boudjabi 5y

    lol.. very good
  • Tiffany Joyce 5y

    I thought MasterCard as soon as I saw the shot. Very cool!
  • Ryan Kitching 5y

    Very nice idea, well executed.
  • Greg McMullin 5y

    Thanks a lot!

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  • Mojca Androjna 5y

    love your title :-D
  • A bunch of beans 5y

    hahaha... neat!
  • bladerunner0427 5y

    Nice bokeh.
  • Greg McMullin 5y


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