Saturday, August 6, 2011

Photo by Bokeh

I am completely in love with bokeh. There seem to be endless ways to craft powerful images using this technique and direct focus. The term bokeh is derived from a Japanese word which means “blur.” This technique is usually done in order to make the main subject stand out in the photo.

Definition: "In photography, bokeh, is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light." Differences in lens aberrations and aperature shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting—"good" and "bad" bokeh, respectively. Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field."
What makes for good bokeh? I think its really up to the viewer.  I prefer either extremely simple expressions or highly whimsical.  Like what you see?  Then view 72 stunning examples of bokeh photos.


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