Bokeh Love

So this year for Christmas the hubs got me a new macro lens! I've always wanted one, but lenses are expensive and I figured that it wouldn't happen. I was wrong, what a good Matty! I've been playing around with it the past few days and here are some of the shots I've gotten. I had a bokeh theme going because of the contest on Pioneer Woman this week. Actually I took several of these the day before she announced her bokeh contest, so I was pretty excited!

In case you don't know what bokeh is, here a wikipedia explanation: In photography, bokeh (pronounced /boʊˈkeɪ/) is the blur,[1][2] or the aesthetic quality of the blur,[3][4][5] in out-of-focus areas of an image, or "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.

Get a good idea of what it is, because I'm having a bokeh photo contest on Friday, so get out there and start playing with bokeh before you put your Christmas tree away! Here are some places where I found great bokeh:

My mantel with my tree in the background.

You can put a figurine or anything you think is pretty in front of your tree and it creates great bokeh in the background.
 I set up an ornament on my dining room table and shot through it to catch some great bokeh.
 This is my centerpiece on my table, the beads created their own beautiful bokeh, no Christmas lights necessary!
 This is just a sparkly ornament in the corner with Christmas lights behind it.
 I had to use these adorable Rudoplh stuffed animals as my main focal point! I also gave it a vintagey color because I thought that it would look better that way!
 I saw these cookie cutters sitting on my counter and knew I had to use them for the bokeh experiment. I did however crop out our gross kitchen counter. White laminate with gold flecks just isn't something I wanted to highlight. Can anyone says, '70s?
 Gingerbread man bokeh!
So, get ready for the contest on Friday, I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!