Hi! Just wanted to let you know that your work has been chosen to compete in the current contest at [link] Thank you for submitting! Please keep in mind that it is against the rules to advertise your participation in the contest or ask for votes. Good luck!
I used a 50mm f1.4 lens at a very low (and thus wide) aperture. The wider you set the aperture the more faded the background will be. Also a smaller part of your photo will be sharp. If you have any more questions don't hesitate to send me a note.