I got inspired by a photo on Muddled Ramblings & Half-Baked Ideas that had an excellent example of bokeh, the anglicized Japanese name for the aesthetic quality of optical blur of objects in a photo that are outside the depth of field. The Muddled Rambler used a lust-worthy portrait lens with a f/1.2 maximum aperture. f/1.2 produces a massive, Jacob's Ladder scale, gaping hole of light to hit the sensor. It also produces a depth of field measured in millimeters (especially at the distance the Rambler was shooting) meaning that everything not in the tiny slice of in-focus area in the photo will be modeling that lens' bokeh. Now, I should be so lucky as to have an f/1.2 lens, but I do have an f/1.8 which ain't too shabby. In my shots, I set up a backdrop consisting of a coppery brown chenille blanket, draped over a couple stands, with orange Halloween lights hung over it. Nothing says "See my bokeh!" like twinkly lights. For the foreground I used some nicknacks we have in the house. And of course to throw things over the top, I shot my photos as HDR composites to amplify the details of the figurines.
Click on the photo to go to the Picasaweb version, zoom in 100%, and you'll see some knucklehead's reflection in the Baoding ball. That would be me. An unintended cameo appearance. I thought I was out of the frame, not accounting for the ultra-wide angle reflection of a round ball.