'... and for my next trick.....' by jackie8

'... and for my next trick.....'

Finally snowed out and couldn't take any more white photos today, plus it's oh-so-grey out there again! Just having a little play with elephants and bokeh to inject a little colour into my thumbnails! Did try to think up some clever title involving elephants and stars (even googled it, not surprisingly not much came up!!), but drew a blank so, here you have it - elephants and star bokeh!

Thanks to everyone for your comments, favs and visits, it's so nice to read them all!

PP 24/25/26th
wow love this
January 23rd, 2013  
And inject colour you have!! Fabulous Jackie - quirky and great fun - oh and very very clever!! FAV!
January 23rd, 2013  
This is wonderful, Jackie. Love the shape of the bokeh. Very clever and creative shot.
January 23rd, 2013  
Wonderful bokeh,super shot!! Thanks for the follow!!
January 23rd, 2013  
Wowzer!! Cute and gorgeous! Fav!
January 23rd, 2013  
This is wonderful bokeh, Jackie - love it!
January 23rd, 2013  
@carolmw - Thanks carol! I was drawn to your photo of the bridge on the PP, have just looked through some of your photos, you have a really good eye.
January 23rd, 2013  
Very creative, amazing bokeh!
January 23rd, 2013  
So lovely to see some much needed colour - told you you would bore of the snow! I just love this and am making this my favourite. Well done you for doing something different and creative
January 23rd, 2013  
@streetlyend - thanks Lucy! Hehe, yes you did say I'd get fed up with snow eventually! I just ran out of imagination and available trees in the vicinity!
January 23rd, 2013  
@jesperani @tishpics - oooh, thank you for the fav girls..... that has perked me up no end on such a grey day!
January 23rd, 2013  
Clever. Nicely done.
January 23rd, 2013  
cute composition... nice job
January 23rd, 2013  
Very creative and colorful!
January 23rd, 2013  
This is brilliant, fabulous concept too.
I thought about you today, I tried to get a decent shot of the golf course from the coffee shop, it was so grey and white so may not post. Horrible weather today
January 23rd, 2013  
Very creative.
January 23rd, 2013  
Very clever and creative Jackie. :)
January 23rd, 2013  
The bokeh is so cool. Can't decide if the elephant is creating the stars or reaching up to touch them. Very sweet either way.
January 23rd, 2013  
@humphreyhippo - that should have been the title! 'Reach for the stars!' Yes, couldn't decide if he was struggling with star shape buns, or reaching for them as you said!
January 23rd, 2013  
@claireuk - yes, a really grey depressing day..... our course just looks dejected now the snow is slowly disappearing!
January 23rd, 2013  
Love the creativity!
January 23rd, 2013  
Lovely to see so many colours .... bokeh is lovely :)
January 23rd, 2013  
Beautiful shot, love the star bokeh!
January 23rd, 2013  
That's lovely!
January 23rd, 2013  
Super cute bokeh! :)
January 23rd, 2013  
Hmm very clever and fun. Lots of tricks up your sleeve!
January 23rd, 2013  
Inventive Jackie
January 23rd, 2013  
A star-trumpeting elephant - cool! Very creative and nicely done.
January 23rd, 2013  
Good idea... I need more colour too
January 23rd, 2013  
Clever bokeh!
January 23rd, 2013  
Very cute
January 23rd, 2013  
Cute and Creative...love it
January 23rd, 2013  
Very nice and creative. Love it.
January 23rd, 2013  
The sweet little elephant has exactly the right position for blowing these star bubbles! Love the fawn coloured ones - same as his colours!
January 23rd, 2013  
How on earth do you make the bokeh star shaped? Very clever xx
January 23rd, 2013  
Very creative and colourful.
January 24th, 2013  
This is so cool.
January 24th, 2013  
I love that bokeh shape! This is great!
January 24th, 2013  
What a brilliant shot! Such fun and perfectly executed!
January 24th, 2013  
@psychographer - Hi Lisa! I bought a bokeh shape kit on special offer in my photography magazine this month. I think you can get them on ebay, about £20, although I paid £11.99. You can easily make them yourself though, there are some good online tutorials to show you how, I just couldn't be bothered though!
January 24th, 2013  
@3whiteroses @willowdragon @hudamor @trixiehiscock @joa - thanks for your visits girls, much appreciated!
January 24th, 2013  
Gorgeous.
January 24th, 2013  
@fueast - the weather was so grey, I was just desperate for some colour!
January 24th, 2013  
@blincodave @dulciknit @sugarmuser @judithg @nikkic @anazad511
thank you all so much for your kind comments!
January 24th, 2013  
@maggiemae - thanks Maggie! I tried different foreground subjects, but I am very fond of elephants and this little fella is cute!
January 24th, 2013  
Awesome photo !
January 24th, 2013  
Perfect for another grey slushy day!! Glad your package arrived and wow fantastic result.....so clever, wonderful shapes and colours and a cute elephant to boot! has to be a fav!
January 24th, 2013  
Very innovative - great shot
January 24th, 2013  
Remarkably clever presentation, Jackie. I really like what you've done. I need to come up with different ideas, too.
January 24th, 2013  
@fannyb - thanks Fanny! Lots of rainy/grey day opportunities with this bokeh set!
January 24th, 2013  
Fantastic!
January 24th, 2013  
@grizzlysghost @orangecrush - two superstars on my project.... Thanks for dropping in guys, means a lot!!!
January 24th, 2013  
Congrats on the well deserved PP!!
January 24th, 2013  
Very clever, Jackie, and another PP. Well done!
January 24th, 2013  
beautiful
January 24th, 2013  
Amy
Love this!!!
January 24th, 2013  
fantastic shot...and thanks for the advise on bokeh set...im off to buy one now...like you easier to get a kit.. keep em coming...brilliant.
January 24th, 2013  
What a fun shot!
January 24th, 2013  
beautiful!!
January 24th, 2013  
Oh how lovely! What a sweet shot.
January 25th, 2013  
Its a likeable image, well done, Bokeh is my get pushed challenge this week, its a struggle.
January 25th, 2013  
beautifully creative shot :)
definitely fav-ed.
January 25th, 2013  
So cute! Love the shaped bokeh!
January 25th, 2013  
Wonderful bokeh!
January 25th, 2013  
This is fun and different. Everything works great.
January 25th, 2013  
So fun and so delightful! I wondered how you did this so I read through the list and see that you used a bokeh kit of some sort-- never even knew such a thing existed! On the search now, as it seems to produce such a fun effect. Thanks for the inspiration! (and I do think your title is very clever.)
January 25th, 2013  
@serpantmedia - snap! I had that as a challenge back in October, it's a simple concept, but tricky to get right, I agree! The key things are wide open aperture, f1.8 preferably, well lit foreground focused in as close as you can, and at least 4/5ft away from your lights. Good luck, when you get it right its such a thrill!
January 25th, 2013  
Fav - So jealous that your bokeh worked so beautifully .... when I tried it, I got drunken butterflies.
January 25th, 2013  
@corymbia - yes I know that frustrating feeling! There are some great online tutorials and see comment above.... Keep trying, it's so rewarding when you 'get' it!
January 25th, 2013  
@turnitahn - thanks Daniel!
January 25th, 2013  
@peadar Thank you Peter!
January 25th, 2013  
@isunseasurf - you can get hooked on bokeh, it should come with a health warning !!
January 25th, 2013  
@jackie8 thanks for the tips
January 25th, 2013  
Cute and very creative, congrats on the PP
January 25th, 2013  
cute!
January 25th, 2013  
I love this - the colours are beautiful. Fav!
January 25th, 2013  
Wow jackie this is just amazing. I love the creativity. This is a 'trick' i have yet to try, why would I when you do it so well!!!!
January 25th, 2013  
Congrats on PP...love it !!
January 26th, 2013  
Adorable. FAV
January 26th, 2013  
Fantastic shot!
January 26th, 2013  
@kamb - thanks Karen! Am sure you'd do something creative, I'm still remembering your 365 finale photo!
January 26th, 2013  
FAN-TAS-TIC. Clever you. A big old fave from me too. Next stop top 20?
January 27th, 2013  
Wonderful shot - what fabulous fun and such a good idea!
January 27th, 2013  
@seanoneill - oooh, I don't think so, but thanks for even thinking it!
January 28th, 2013  
@michelle58 @chrismarfil @filsie65 @sgoodin1 @suesmith @boogie @noragentian
Thanks so much everyone for the encouraging feedback, I really appreciate all your comments.....
January 28th, 2013  
Very creative
February 9th, 2013  
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