Newbie bokeh question - picture included

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  1. tvtt

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    I was out trying to practice getting some bokeh... I got this... what is wrong with it? The background looks strange. Any insight as to what I'm doing wrong would be much appreciated. Thanks!!

    I have a Nikon d50, was using a 50mm at 1.8, shutter 1/800, ISO 200.

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    I'm guessing some object were a bit closer to the dog (branches etc.) or can be the cause of the amount of aperture blades the lens has (I have no idea how many the Nikon nifty fifty has). Also check if there are no smudges on the lens, even though you wouldn't probably see it at such a low aperture, but you can check anyway.
     
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    Theres nothing wrong with that photo.
     
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    The photo is a little blurry. I am not one to be pointing out things that I have done but it is a great start!
     
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    What did you expect to get, exactly?
     
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    I based my comment on the things circled here:
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    i expected to get something along these lines, but it looks to me like there is some strange swirling going on above the dogs head
     
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    Really there's nothing wrong with it as stated before but my two cents says the two dark blurry trees in the back ground draw attention away from the dog. Bokeh should complement the subject. Also, it often thought that Bokeh should be like a painting background.
     
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    here's another one (and my other dog) again to me it looks goofy around her head

    f1.8, shutter 1/500, ISO 200
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    Ah, I see what you saw now that it was pointed out.

    And it would be the areas around the ears in the second pic.
    It definately looks busier there than in the rest of the image, except a small area by the stick to the right.


    I guess it would be hard to figure out the cause without knowing what is actually in the background though. At least, I am clueless, but see what you mean.
     
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    That just seems like it's uneven bokeh. I believe it's simply a result of the 7-blade aperture. Stop down a little with the aperture, to say, 2.8 or 3.0 and you should get better blending of background colours. The quality of bokeh is the major drawback, I find, of the nifty-fifties of both Nikon and Canon; 'tis the real reason I sprung for the f/1.4.

    It's just a limitation of the lens that you'll have to work around a little by stopping-down the aperture.
     
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    another question - does the distance from the object in focus to the background make a difference in bokeh? For example, could my swirly be due to varying distances of the background from the focus?
     

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