While I don’t allow myself to play the bokeh ball of light game often, this one came about somewhat unintentionally. I was out shooting the ocean at night with a tripod to get some simple long exposure shots of a beach lit by the full moon. While I was at it I aimed the camera more along the shore and took a couple of intentionally out of focus photos to add to my very slowly expanding series of focus-less images and this capture came to existence through that experiment. Something in the color is what took me by surprise. The orange glow of the city lights as it slowly moves into the grayish blue of the ocean seemed somehow perfect in my eyes and oddly enough this was a long exposure at six full seconds. Seems the antithesis of a long exposure shot though, which intrigues me somehow. 

So as you look into this image, try not to see it as just another bokeh ball of light shot, look closer, focus your imagination and try to see a beach landscape, ocean to your left, homes and hotels to the right, glowing in the humid night sky. Enjoy!


  1. jmabeeviz - July 4, 2013 at 12:12 am

    YES! This will fit right in with iOS 7. Another brilliant desktop, John. I love these kinds, currently about to go on all my devices.

  2. Milaan - July 4, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Could you increase the resolution for the desktop version from 2560×1600 to 2880×1800? Im going for a MBP Retina soon and would like to get the best quality of your wallpapers :-) Thanks.

  3. DavidR - July 8, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Gorgeous. As much as I love your photography, I rarely use it as my wallpaper (I prefer the boring but practical plain black background) but this one is an exception. Enjoying it now.

    P.S. Ubuntu, anyone? ;)

  4. Chris Frey - July 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Beautiful abstract. I love it and appreciate the explanation of how it came to be.

  5. Lauren - July 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    This is gorgeous! The colors & story make it quite magical. :)

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