Tips from the Top Floor Challenge: Smiles

Tips from the Top Floor Challenge: Smiles

This was taken at Target headquarters, just outside Bob‘s office with the Sigma 600mm catadioptric lens. Mirror lenses create strange ring shapes in the bokeh, which is one of the reasons I used this lens. This effect created by the center mirror and I’ve noticed that it makes other photographers smile and laugh, so it made sense for Matt‘s “Smile” assignment.

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  • That Target puppy is too cute! What a great group of smiles 🙂

  • I just love the Target dog! And those ring-shaped thingies are cool….even though I don’t understand a couple of words in your post! Just being honest…my photographer-husband could explain it all to me, though!

  • kt

    This is way cute. Brought a smile 😀 to my face !

  • Thanks, Mitch, for the very detailed explanation of those words that were honestly beyond me…..and, yes, you guessed correctly on which words they were!

  • Oh yeah…and I didn’t even have to ask my husband for an explanation…he also happens to be a photographer even though he’s not working as one at the moment. Thanks for the email!

  • Thanks Hope!
    I’m guessing I know which words are buggin’ ya:

    Bokeh (derived from Japanese boke ぼけ, a noun form of bokeru ぼける, “become blurred or fuzzy”) is a photographic term referring to the appearance of out-of-focus areas in an image produced by a camera lens using a shallow depth of field. Different lens bokeh produces different aesthetic qualities in out-of-focus backgrounds, which are often used to reduce distractions and emphasize the primary subject.

    A catadioptric optical system is one which contains both lenses and mirrors. Catadioptric systems are commonly used in telescopes and in lightweight, long focal length lenses for cameras.

    – M