New year, new challenge.

Announcing the   #FiveDaysBokehChallenge

Well, I am not sure, whether my footprint on G+ is large enough to launch such a challenge successfully, but let's try. I hope you are motivated to join another challenge after the #FiveDaysBlackAndWhiteChallenge  and the #SplitToneFiveDayChallenge .

THE RULES

(1) When invited join the fun and participate in the challenge or feel free to simply ignore it.
(2) On five subsequent days post a picture containing significant parts of blur/bokeh.
(3) In the text write the following (see below for an easy to use copy/paste template)
(3a) Mention the person, who invited you to the challenge.
(3b) Mention these rules. You may either write them down or simply use the URL http://goo.gl/jwThhZ to link back to this post here.
(3c) Invite someone to continue the challenge.

To make it easier for you, here is a template, that you can copy and paste into the text box of your post:

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Day <X>/5 of my #FiveDaysBokehChallenge  initiated by +Carsten Schlipf​​​ to which I was invited by +<G+ USER WHO INVITED ME>. The simple rules are:
- On five subsequent days post a picture containing significant parts of blur.
- Mention the person who invited you.
- Invite another person to join the challenge.
For tips and the rules of this challenge go to http://goo.gl/jwThhZ

I invite +<G+ USER TO INVITE> to join the challenge.
===== Snip =====

SOME TIPS

Level 1 tips:
- The wider your aperture the more background blur.
- The closer the subject and the farer away the background the more background blur.
- The longer the focal length and the further away the background the more background blur.
- Get low and play with the depth of field.
- You do not need to take the pictures each day. Feel free to post older pictures from your archive.

Level 2 tips:
- Try free-lensing using a prime lense. +Victor Bezrukov​​​ shows some outstanding examples here: http://www.victorbezrukov.com/free-your-lens-freelensing-in-action/
- Use a special lense like a tilt-shift lense or +Lensbaby​​​ (as shown in the image below) to create blurry parts.
- Switch to manual focus and look for high-contrast scenes and de-focus by intention. Example: http://goo.gl/3MdmWJ
- Increase exposure time and move your camera while shooting.

Level 3 Tip:
- Take the picture on the same day you post it for the challenge ;-)

Have fun!
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