Blog Post October 2016 by Wendy Dobing

Posted on October 23, 2016 at 8:24 PM

  What is bokeh?

According to Wikipedia, bokeh is:

"the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light."

Setting a challenge every now and again with photography is a good way to learn more about lenses and some cool effects. I have become a fan of 'bokeh', particularly 'street bokeh'. Street bokeh is interesting at night or when it has been raining because the lights are more vibrant and plentiful. Getting vehicle lights combined with street and traffic lights creates an interesting mix in the distance. By thinking about 'depth of field' (the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene) I then tend to focus on an interesting object close to me. On the street this could be a mirror, bell or a reflector on a bike. It makes the not so interesting everyday things look almost romantic and magical. Rain and darkness pose their own limitations so getting interesting images within these restrictions makes it an addictive challenge.

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