Bokeh baby

"Bokeh" is the photographic term used to describe what the out-of-focus parts of a picture look like, qualitatively. Anything in the background can be made blurry with the right choice of camera settings (namely, small numbers on the aperture adjustment) and relative distance from the camera, but dim lights, in this case I used Christmas lights (which finally came off the bushes now that the snow has melted!) appear to become much larger, unrecognizable blobs of fuzzy light - that's bokeh, baby! (Sorry, couldn't resist)

What does a baby picture have to do with blobs of out-of-focus light, you may ask? Well to some, it may not have any relation at all. To me, it reminds me of that feeling you get when holding a baby in your arms. That feeling of no matter what kind of craziness is going on in your life or even in the same room at the time, it all kind of melts away into a soft blurry background buzz in comparison to the little bundle of joy in your arms.

Or maybe I'm just really, really sleepy!

Strobist info: The key light is an SB-600 with a 1/4 CTO gel in close to camera right in a black-backed reflective umbrella zoomed to 50mm fired at 1/8 power. Rim light is an SB-800 to back camera left, zoomed to 105mm with a grid at 1/128 power.