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© Staale Laastad
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Photo Info
UploadedMay 27, 2009
TakenJanuary 8, 2009
ModelCanon EOS 350D DIGITAL
Exposure1/100 sec at f/1.8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length50 mm
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The first time i saw this cup i could not get it out of my head.
The design is from 1745, found on a boat to India.

The light circles is due to the shallow depth of field.

Tea and bokeh makes me feel Zen.

All comments and votes are very appreciated.

60 responses

  • Mojica's Photo

    Mojica's Photo (Deleted) said (27 May 2009):

    Very Nice!

  • Aubrey's Oma

    Aubrey's Oma (Deleted) gave props (27 May 2009):

    Well done!!!

  • Georg Wacker

    Georg Wacker gave props (27 May 2009):

    haha we have a whole set of these at home :-) good job, nice lighting!

  • Bhrahu P. Padmodiwiryo

    Bhrahu P. Padmodiwiryo gave props (27 May 2009):


  • Katerina Podolskaya

    Katerina Podolskaya (Deleted) said (27 May 2009):

    wooohhhh) creative!!

  • Gene Torno

    Gene Torno said (27 May 2009):

    i love the perspective on this. great use of depth of field.

  • Chrissy Deiger

    Chrissy Deiger (Deleted) said (27 May 2009):


  • C. Wade

    C. Wade said (27 May 2009):

    Love the cup; wonderful DoF and color!

  • Ken McElroy

    Ken McElroy gave props (27 May 2009):

    Maybe more magic then Zen, but it's a great image. Striking and engaging.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (27 May 2009):

    Yeah it Rocks! Voted!

  • Gilbert Rondilla

    Gilbert Rondilla gave props (28 May 2009):

    Voted :D

  • Jason Seda

    Jason Seda gave props (28 May 2009):


  • Luc Bussieres

    Luc Bussieres (Deleted) gave props (28 May 2009):

    Very original, I like it

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (28 May 2009):

    Beautiful tones, very creative!........(voted)

  • Maggie von Lotlorien

    Maggie von Lotlorien said (29 May 2009):

    Nice bokeh!

  • Robert Carey

    Robert Carey gave props (29 May 2009):

    Awesome idea. Beautiful shot.

  • Matt Granz

    Matt Granz gave props (29 May 2009):

    Incredible illusion created with the bokeh... gets my vote!

  • Aelica

    Aelica (Deleted) gave props (29 May 2009):

    nice idea, my vote!

  • Merle Fisher

    Merle Fisher (Deleted) said (29 May 2009):

    What a great shot! Love the bokeh! And the light circles are WOW!

  • Emilia Tokes

    Emilia Tokes said (29 May 2009):

    That is soo freakin' cute and ... yeah can't be more zen thatn this - I could stare at it like the whole day !!

  • M Daniel

    M Daniel gave props (29 May 2009):

    wow!!!................. It's fantastic!!!

  • Ralf Siebeck / www.siebeck.com

    Ralf Siebeck / www.siebeck.com (Deleted) said (30 May 2009):

    Phenomenal bokeh! Why my one never look like yours? ;o)

  • Julien-Pier Belanger

    Julien-Pier Belanger said (30 May 2009):

    Soothing photo!
    I adore ^^!!!
    Wanna drink a cup of light? :P

  • Jamie Grace-Duff

    Jamie Grace-Duff gave props (30 May 2009):

    That is so cool!

  • Jeremy Villasis

    Jeremy Villasis (Deleted) gave props (30 May 2009):

    this just took my breath away.

  • Rey mos

    Rey mos gave props (30 May 2009):

    Very creative. Simple but elegant shot.

  • Sandy Tyler

    Sandy Tyler (Deleted) gave props (30 May 2009):

    Love the circles over the cup, it looks like steam!! Well done, voted!

  • Prasanna Kundu

    Prasanna Kundu gave props (31 May 2009):


  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (31 May 2009):

    Your photographis really beautiful, Staale. I find myself getting lost in the image. It is truly zen. "Yeah!" R

  • yano escueta

    yano escueta said (31 May 2009):

    great shot! i would have never thought of this composition, wow!

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell gave props (1 Jun 2009):

    This has a wonderful supension of time as do all your shots....! Voted!!

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (1 Jun 2009):

    That bokeh could not be in a beter location! Wonderfl work!

  • A G

    A G gave props (1 Jun 2009):

    drinking beautiful tea, which beautiful vizualisation

  • Amanda Q

    Amanda Q gave props (1 Jun 2009):

    there's something peaceful about this picture :) love the bokeh...i like how it seems like its falling on the tea cup :)

  • Thomas Brandenburg

    Thomas Brandenburg gave props (1 Jun 2009):

    Staale, I saw your website link and I also like your "Prophecy", a very nice compliment to this photo. Also I will say this is a very fresh and contemporary that has a tendency to wheeled some many cliche images. Well I wish you the best of luck in the final results of the voting, you have my vote

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (2 Jun 2009):

    Fantastic image!!!!

  • Oscar Auneau

    Oscar Auneau (Deleted) gave props (2 Jun 2009):

    so clever... good

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles (Deleted) gave props (2 Jun 2009):

    IT ROCKS! My vote

  • Noel Beard

    Noel Beard gave props (2 Jun 2009):

    Great shot!

  • Stephanie Smith!

    Stephanie Smith! gave props (3 Jun 2009):

    Voted! This is insanely beautiful.

  • Giviner

    Giviner said (3 Jun 2009):

    again. insanely beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • J JTYC

    J JTYC gave props (3 Jun 2009):

    a friend dropped by from DA, and keep up the good work !

  • harry rutter

    harry rutter said (5 Jun 2009):

    Very clever and original - I love the contrast between the razor sharp foreground and the bokeh in the background - excellent!

  • keiron green

    keiron green (Deleted) said (6 Jun 2009):


  • Arthur van Schendel

    Arthur van Schendel gave props (6 Jun 2009):

    the bokeh lights seems to float out of the cup

  • patrick conaty

    patrick conaty gave props (8 Jul 2009):

    wow! love the colors, dof, composition, everything!

  • Brianne Bradfield

    Brianne Bradfield gave props (17 Jul 2009):

    I absolutely adore this photo..

  • Jesús L. Yapor

    Jesús L. Yapor (Deleted) gave props (20 Aug 2009):

    That is just cool.

  • poonam jadhwani

    poonam jadhwani (Deleted) gave props (27 Aug 2009):

    very innovative..!!

  • Janos Nezo

    Janos Nezo gave props (29 Aug 2009):

    Excellent shot!

  • Laurie McCormick

    Laurie McCormick said (1 Oct 2009):

    Super "fine" image Staale. Great catch.

  • Knopka Bronko

    Knopka Bronko (Deleted) gave props (30 Oct 2009):

    so beautiful

  • Ikhwan Supriadi

    Ikhwan Supriadi gave props (27 Dec 2009):

    Nice... I love it.. TFS..

  • Ahmed Shamsi

    Ahmed Shamsi gave props (23 Jan 2010):

    Great POV!

  • Vasileios Gretsistas

    Vasileios Gretsistas gave props (5 Jun 2010):


  • Johanne Brunet

    Johanne Brunet gave props (13 Jan 2011):

    Simply magical!

  • Epin Hervin

    Epin Hervin gave props (18 Jan 2011):

    I doubt the famous "don't think just shoot" sentence after see this photo

  • Niroshan Nero

    Niroshan Nero gave props (18 Jan 2011):

    lovely snap! light circle and color tone

  • Susan Nelson

    Susan Nelson gave props (8 Jun 2011):


  • Melissa Fox-Austin

    Melissa Fox-Austin gave props (21 Jul 2011):

    I favorited this photo ages ago. It is still one of my absolute favorites. I think about it a lot and wish I could shot like this.

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