Snappy H’appy Photo Challenge Week 1 – Bokeh

I’ve unintentionally got a new camera which is Fuji Film X-E1. Why did I say ‘unintentionally’? Because I actually wanted to buy X100s when I walked into a Camera shop. However, I was brought around by a staff who tried to sell this X-E1. Honestly, I knew that he tried to clear up the stock of X-E1 model since the newer model of this product line has just been launched which is X-E2.

Anyway, I decided to buy the X-E1 instead of X100s, and I’m still kind of regret that I didn’t buy the x100s. Nevertheless, I find that X-E1 is a very good mirrorless camera and I’ve started to feel fun adapting myself to its function even though its kit lens is a bit intimidated because of the size. I’m surprised that the user interface of Fuji Film camera is quite easy to understand. Before this one, I’ve used Olympus E-P1 for 3-4 years but I still can’t comprehend how could I use its features. Right now, I’m on the learning curve for my new camera.

Speak of photography, Bokeh is one of photo effects that I really want to be able to produce it. I’ve read about how to create bokeh, and I kind of know that the aperture should be larger (means small number). The ideal aperture should be f/2.8, 1.8 and 1.4 (Source). So I wasn’t sure that I could capture the Bokeh effect as my camera’s lens kit has its aperture range from 2.8 to 4. However, I accidentally found photos in Flickr Pool which the photographer has the same camera model as me, and some of his photos displayed Bokeh by using the lens kit. I noticed that he manually adjusted shutter speed to work with smaller aperture than f/2.8 so I wanted to try the same technique as his. Unfortunately, I can’t remember his name so I can’t find his gallery on Flickr anymore.

Today I tested some combination of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and focal length for the Bokeh result. I think that the outputs were quite acceptable. I chose this photo for a respond to the challenge co-hosted by weliveinaflat and firebonnet.


Fuji Film X-E1 + Lens18-55 mm | ISO 250 | Focal Length 42.5 | F/4 | S1/500 | EV -1

I think their challenge is flexible which leads to our own creativity to produce responses as we desire. Hope to see some of you joining their challenge too.