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A standard toned bokeh photo of a person or people.
Bokeh is to photography as haiku is poetry. It’s a technique with a Japanese origin that lots of people try to imitate… and do so very poorly.
I included bokeh in my daily photo randomizer because (a) I tend to do it poorly, except when I accidentally don’t and (b) I want to learn it better.
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Bokeh is defined in Wikipedia as “is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens.” In other words a blurry but pretty photo. I suppose you can have in focus elements in a bokeh photo. Or you can skip the main subject and try to produce a visually pleasing image that is all blur. Usually there are points of light softened by blur, or highly contrasting splotches of colour that pop and smudge together in the image. Either way, toeing that very, very, very fine line between a beautiful bokeh shot and just a blurry photo is a tough request.
I made it extra tough because (a) the only people I could find this evening were a group of people watching a soccer game in my park and (b) the sky was a gross, cloudy smudge that wasn’t very interesting in or out of focus. I stood there in the cold wind with my SLR and the dog, trying not to look to creepy taking shots of a girls soccer game. I nabbed about two dozen more-blurry-than-bokeh pics before I wandered back home.
You can judge for yourself: my bokeh (or maybe faux-keh) shot.