Bokeh is the focus - Open thread

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Bokeh is the focus - Open thread

Unread postby sury » Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:10 pm

Seeing some of the great shots from Andy, JB and others that have great bokehs,
I felt the least that could be done is showcase the bokeh from these masters.
Here is the open invitation to all to post any image where you feel bokeh is the "focus"
(no pun intended).

Let me start with mine.A900 + Hasselblad 250f5.6

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Re: Bokeh is the focus - Open thread

Unread postby Cogito » Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:50 am

Both with my Minolta XM.

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Unread postby sury » Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:36 am

Love the second one Tony.

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Re: Bokeh is the focus - Open thread

Unread postby Birma » Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:38 am

Nice idea for a thread, Sury :) That little purple flower is set off beautifully by that gorgeous creamy background - great stuff!

Some really creative bokeh there Tony - it definitely becomes the focus of the picture :)
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Re: Bokeh is the focus - Open thread

Unread postby Birma » Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:42 am

I can't remember if I've posted this one before, but here goes anyway. An experiment with a very shallow DOF in a field of barley, to try and focus on the hairs on the ears of barley, set off of course by the bokeh background.

Image2014 Broadway - Barley Field (Shallow DoF) by Birm, on Flickr

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Re: Bokeh is the focus - Open thread

Unread postby bakubo » Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:14 am

All nice photos so far!

Sury, just to be clear about the word bokeh, here is the definition:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokeh

Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light"

Sometimes people say bokeh when they mean shallow dof. I post this just so that everyone is on the same page. :)

Here is my beautiful friend, co-worker, and officemate in 1998. She came in to work one day like this and noticed that I had my camera on my desk. She asked if I would take a few photos. I recall that I used my Minolta Alpha 9xi + Sigma 90mm f2.8 macro lens and Fujicolor Super G 100 film. I am not saying the bokeh of this photo is great or anything, but not bad, I guess.

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Unread postby Birma » Mon Mar 02, 2015 3:48 pm

The green of the trees / grass and the light look great in that picture, Henry, as well as the subject of course :)
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Re: Bokeh is the focus - Open thread

Unread postby sury » Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:09 pm

Henry,
I read somewhere the literal meaning means fuzziness. Is that true?

My understanding at the time of creating the thread:
Shallow DoF, Wide Open lens, mirror lens etc cause blurry background.
How well the blurriness is rendered is qualitatively measured as having
a (good) bokeh. But then I felt who am I to decide WHAT is good bokeh?
So I kept it open for submitters to make the call. :D
So based on above understanding, I thought since we typically "focus"
(no pun intended) on a primary subject or two, why not make background
the subject and what better way than speak to bokeh.

At the most I am guilty of using the wrong term, and it wouldn't be the first
time, I am wrong. :lol: The intent is to have images that show case the
aesthetics of an out of focus background. My apologies if I used an incorrect
term to describe my intent.

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Re: Bokeh is the focus - Open thread

Unread postby bakubo » Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:12 pm

Sury, relax. :) Since many people don't know what bokeh means and you didn't define it I thought it would be useful to them to know. I didn't assume anything about what you know.

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Re: Bokeh is the focus - Open thread

Unread postby sury » Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:02 pm

And my wife will vouch for me. She thinks I think I know more than I do. :lol:
By the way, your friend's face looks awfully familiar. Was the photo taken somewhere
in Bay Area?

And getting back to thread....

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Re: Bokeh is the focus - Open thread

Unread postby Cogito » Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:00 am

Nice barley, Birma! With genuine shallow DOF.
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Re: Bokeh is the focus - Open thread

Unread postby Birma » Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:08 pm

Thanks Tony :)

More nice blurry backgrounds, Sury :)
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Re: Bokeh is the focus - Open thread

Unread postby Cogito » Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:11 am

It's a quite interesting thread topic. I can recognise both Suri and Bakubo's "definitions". Perhaps it's a case of "Is there any definition in the background?". My own opinion is that there should be some sort of "accuracy" to the background, not just a blur.....
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Re: Bokeh is the focus - Open thread

Unread postby sury » Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:37 pm

Thank you Andy.

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Re: Bokeh is the focus - Open thread

Unread postby Birma » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:16 pm

There is a nice transition from the sharpness of the petal tips to the very out of focus ground.
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