I never tried to do this before (the bokeh effect), but now that I have my new **awesome** 35mm f1.8 lens, I couldn't wait to try.
Here's my first attempt. Princess P is too close to the tree.
Second attempt, fiddling around while P gets another toy. We've definitely got the blur going on now. Let's see if we can get an in-focus subject in front of it.
Ta-da! (Sort of.) I've got the idea now . . . get your subject 6 or 8 feet in front of the tree. This was taken while my neighbor (P's mommy) was holding back the hyperactive 8-pound dog that was trying to climb up my back while I was shooting. But look at those blue eyes!
For more holiday bokeh, visit My 3 Boybarians. (All photos taken with Nikon D5000, ISO 200, f1.8, and whatever shutter speed the camera chose.)
Be thankful ~