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November contest (bokeh) update

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  October 29, 2010 03:52 PM

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"Bokeh" comes from Japanese words meaning blur, haze, or blur quality. But true bokeh as practiced by photographers isn't just about having blur in your photo; it's making that blur pleasing to the eye, with no sharp edges on the lights or objects that are out of focus in your foreground or background.

Pleasant bokeh photos turn points of light into a pattern of fuzzy balls, or background objects into a blur of ill-defined color. Extremely shallow depths of field are part of the trick; another is an artistic eye so that the bokeh adds an interesting element to your photo that complements your main subject without distracting from it.

This is probably one of the most artistic themes we've had!

The first thing to do is to read about the technique and study examples of it. I've pulled together some good sources for you. Keep in mind that not all of the photos shown on these sites are necessarily great bokeh, but the more images you examine, the better understanding you will have.

Wikipedia tutorial

A bunch of images from Google

More great bokeh examples from Desizn Tech

Some Flickr groups

RULES: After compelling appeals by a few of you, I've removed the this-month rule. So your photo does NOT have to be taken this month.
Deadline is midnight, Nov. 30.
One photo per photographer.

Upload your photo here and view others in the gallery.

Hope you have fun with this one!

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