“Bokeh” and the RPS

Every now and then I have a “creative photography” day, where I try and push my limits and keep myself fresh.  This week, on a really hot, sunny day with very strongly directional light, I took time to shoot some “Bokeh” images in the garden.  “Bokeh” is derived from a Japanese word meaning fuzzy, and refers to the out of focus areas of an image.  I often shoot portraits with lenses at large apertures to give nicely out of focus backgrounds; this gives good separation from the sharp foreground subject.  The images I shot this week don’t have a sharp foreground subject!  

Shooting “Bokeh” is a very interesting thing to do, as you can’t really see through the camera’s viewfinder what you’re going to get by way of a final image.  The structure of the viewfinder screen can split highlights into spectral colours which don’t get recorded. 

I’ve developed a technique that gives beautiful, abstract images with swirling shapes and colours.  They are clearly not sharp in the traditional sense, but also don’t just look out of focus.  The only manipulation this image has had is a bit of Auto Contrast in Photoshop.

 broad brush bokeh small for blog C symbol

This week also saw an excellent development regarding our photographic training courses.  We are now running “The Creative Eye” as a workshop under the aegis (good word!) of the Royal Photographic Society on August 15th.   Take a look at the relevant page on the RPS’s website here http://www.rps.org/workshops/view/1509

martinsolerJune 1, 2010 - 7:30 pm

Very nice abstract colors.
I just got a 50mm 1.8 lens and am having some fun with bokeh too. It’s great fun.
http://martinsoler.com/category/bokeh/

Derek GaleJune 2, 2010 - 2:06 pm

Martin,

Thanks for your comments.

I’ve got the Nikon 50m f1.8. It’s an interesting lens to play with for portraits.

Derek.

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