The Beauty of Bokeh

Happy Monday to all – before getting into this week’s first post, I’d like to take a moment and remind everone of the NEW CONTEST that CB has started.  The theme is Photograph Freedom, and there are prizes to be had.  More details can be found on the post from 7-3, linked here.

On to new news, I was thinking about subjects over the course of the weekend that could serve as useful material for fellow photographers and aspiring photographers that has not seen much coverage lately (no sense in repeating everything that everyone else has already said 10 different ways, right?).  I got to thinking about everything that makes for capturing great images, and one aspect that contributes (or detracts from) that I’ve not seen much attention on lately is that of bokeh.  So, in the spirit of putting out new and original (as well as useful) content, I did a bit of research over the weekend, and have put together an article on The Beauty of Bokeh. Any who would like to read this initial version are welcome to download the PDF file attached to this post.

In closing for Monday, I’d like to leave it to the readers out there:  what are your thoughts on the quality and nature of bokeh?  Do you clean up your bokeh or do you like the effect it has on images?  What types of bokeh appeal to you and what do you find not as appealing?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

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2 comments for “The Beauty of Bokeh

  1. July 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Yes, it’s true that bokeh quality is a big factor in the quality of photographs.

    I have a Canon 50mm f/1.8 “nifty fifty” lens. It’s my cheapest lens at something like $70 and has (not surprisingly) only 5 blades. This gives a rougher bokeh. Certainly nothing as smooth as an expensive “L” lens.

    Funny thing though. I think it’s my favorite lens in my bag. Granted, I don’t have any “L” glass. There’s something about the quality of photo from that lens that seems to overrule the less than amazing bokeh. And I’m a bokeh junkeh.

  2. July 8, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I had a “nifty fifty” when I frst got started with digital and didn’t realize what I had – I think the “loud” factor in its focusing mechanism threw me off. Now I wish I had it back – whither that we knowest now what we should have known then, eh? 🙂

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