"People from a planet without flowers
would think we must be mad with joy the whole time
to have such things about us."
~Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat

Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday Shoot Out: Bokeh


Bokeh? Never heard of it? Well neither had I.
The definition is:
In photography, bokeh is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or (derived from Japanese word "boke", meaning 'blur') - In photography, refers to the creative use of lens blur as a composition.

This is an interesting idea.., that the unfocused part of the photo is as much an integral part of the picture as the focused area and that the unfocused area is sometimes the most important part of the image that you are trying to capture.

This one is my favorite, not only because it's one that includes both snow and my old dog, Maggie, who passed away a few months ago, but because I created Bokeh without knowing what it was. No photo manipulation was used to create the effect.
I'm still not sure what this technique encompasses but I'm going to use my depth of field more and practice this way of photographing things. I need more information. It's always good to learn something new.
There are more examples of this photo technique at Friday My Town Shoot Out where I learn from other photographers how to use and create photos that are interesting and different.

Have a GOOD FRIDAY.
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20 comments:

Chef E said...

How cool, I just clicked on the feed and saw you did this, I love it!

My peeps and I like what you did with bokeh!

Tatersmama said...

I love them all... but the top one caught my eye straight off. It seems to be hiding something, and hinting at a mystery. Vintage something, if that makes any sense.

I love using the camera, but I need to practice more, I think.

jojo said...

very cool indeed. I am going to check this one out too. Happy Easter my friend!

Rebecca said...

There is something dramatic about that first shot that makes it interesting.

Pauline said...

That first photo is a wonderful example of bokeh! Love it!

Heather T. said...

I agree with Pauline, I'm liking that first shot!!

Barry said...

The colours are so rich and your use of the bokeh technique is just stunning. I'm in awe of these pictures.

shabby girl said...

All of these are wonderful! I would be hard pressed to pick just one!
Well done!

Jama said...

I love the first photograph and also of the dog. Beautiful composition and I like the way you framed that photo with branches laden with snow.

Karen Deborah said...

you are so smart.

Sarah said...

Lovely shots every one!! Wow!!!

Kerry said...

I love good photos of dogs and your picture of Maggie is a really great one to remember her by. The mushrooms poking up out of the grass are made special by this technique, and that first shot in the rain is breathtaking.

J9 said...

really great shot of your dog!

Jo said...

Nice job Ellie Mae......
I love messing with the camera, especially the digital. To think that when I was using my Minolta 35m I would take the film to be developed and throw out all of the blurred pictures.

Roslyn said...

I love when that happens so fortuitously by accident but didn't know it had a designated name!

Patty said...

That first photo absolutely rocks. I would give it a 10 our of 10 even on a non-bokeh day.

Welcome to the shoot-out.

Happy Easter.

LV said...

A very interesting blog, but you lost me along the way. Much too deep for this head. Thanks for your comment.

Ann said...

I too like your bokeh of the snow giving your dog a sharp photo.

Great job.

Doreen said...

I love the shot of Maggie also. Animal lover here! I hadn't heard of Bokeh until recently also. I was always trying to get the blur out!!

iLikeToWrite said...

Beautiful shots! I love that first one and the second one! Very nice job! :)