Wednesday, July 21, 2010

bokeh

i'm absolutely in love with this style of photography. the term comes from the Japanese word "boke" (暈け or ボケ), which means "blur" or "haze".

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."



as a photographer, i think the first thing i was taught was to make sure the image is in focus. bokeh is pretty much the exact opposite of this, and the result is amazing. i always try and emphasise depth of field in my photography, but this takes it to a whole new level. using a very low aperture, some images are partly in focus with blurred light in the background, whereas some bokeh images are completely out of focus.

what a beautiful concept. check out these examples...

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