Hey everyone, long time no mingle. It's been a long summer. I approach you all with a problem. You know how you see some lovely pictures and get all inspired? Well, I do. So you try and figure out what that person did and apply it to your own work? Yes. I've learned tons that way. So, I'm in love with this girls photos. Flickr: *Zara's Photostream One thing that particularly interests me is how the person is in focus and then the background is all OOF, bokeh, if you will accept that term. A common thing in portraits for sure, except her pictures really make me notice it. So I had to try it myself, of course. My sister wants me to take some keeper pictures of her anyway lol: she thinks I'm quite a bit better than I am) so I thought I'd learn this and apply it to pictures that I take of her. Except I can't. I can get the OOF background with macros no problem. Large aperture, bingo. But as I tried it with things further away, the background (the far, far away background, definitely not the closer background) was just slightly blurred, no bokeh circle thingys or anything interesting. It may be that my camera (sony cyber-shot dsc h50: point and shoot, baby!) isn't capable of that sort of thing, but I figured if it is, you guys will know what I'm doing wrong and how to fix it.