Bokeh

July 07, 2017  •  10 Comments

This week's 52 Week Project theme is BOKEH.

"What is Bokeh?", you might ask. Its the soft blurry background typically found in portraits. To achieve this beautiful result, you will want to photograph your subject with a shallow depth of field (f1.4 for example) rendering the background blurry/out of focus, but with your subject beautifully in focus. In some cases, this technique will render with a soft background blur, while other times it will create soft circular reflections that are quite pleasing to the eye. You will also get a much nicer result if the background is not too close behind your subject and if there are twinkling lights or light patches in the background. 

The technique is used for portrait photography as it helps to focus the viewer on the subject of the photo while creating a very pleasing background. 

Here are some examples of bokeh:

To see what other photographers did with this challenge, head on over to see Linda Perdue at VP Shoots Photography (serving Tampa Bay Florida) to see her example of the "Bokeh" challenge.


Comments

Elaine(non-registered)
Beautiful examples of bokeh! The Aussie is my favorite, but I am biased because I love the breed.
Danyel Rogers(non-registered)
All 3 images are beautiful but I think the second one is my favorite.
Darlene(non-registered)
Gorgeous images and love the variety of bokeh! My favorite is the 2nd image with the golden yellows and greens - stunning!
Linda(non-registered)
These are all lovely, the second image is especially gorgeous!
SamAdele(non-registered)
Love the second! The cat one is very pretty too!
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