08 January 2010

8/365: Bokeh Anyone?

So this is my first true attempt at bokeh. Sure I've taken some pictures that ended up with bokeh in them, but I wasn't trying to achieve bokeh. I just found out, this week, what bokeh actually is...and I love it. And am completely obsessed with it! *peeping through its window saying, "bokeh, i seeeeeee, you"* I've decided to end every week (Thursday) with a bokeh image...yeah, yeah, yeah, I know I'm a day off, but I just had this wonderfully, brillant, bokeh idea...gimme a break, geesh.

What type of bokeh do you feel I achieved?:
  1. good?
  2. bad?
  3. average?
  4.  immpecable?
  5. you call that bokeh? sam, you wouldn't know bokeh if it slapped you in the face!
Any help/advice that you all can give me on this topic would be greatly appreciated. I wish for, Thursday, Dec. 31st, 2010's bokeh to be sooooooo good that I need a cigarette 2 cigarettes afterwards :)

What I love about this photograph: It's bokeh. Come on, smile and wave at the bokeh!
Technical Stuff: Nikon D40; 55.0mm; 1/200s; f/7.1; ISO 200


AmyBean said...

I'm in love with bokeh. We're having a torrid love affair. I've had to take a break from bokeh because it was just too much for my fragile emotional state.

Um... what?

I think the bokeh is lovely in this shot. The colors are beautiful and they just melt together to make such a beautiful backdrop for that single leaf.

Jill said...

Bokeh it is, and I reckon good bokeh! Its glittering :D If I had to say anything, I would maybe tone down the exposure a tiny bit and it may define the bokeh a bit better but it really is a great shot.

J.J.S. said...

Hi Samantha,
If you like Bokeh so much, you should consider getting a fast prime lens. I have the Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8 and would gladly recommend it. Here's a short review I wrote about it: http://www.shutteria.com/2009/09/nikon-35mm-lens.html

It's very affordable too and will work perfectly with your D40.

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh, yes Bokeh, how I love thee? I love bokeh very much. I don't know a lot about it, but I'm learning too. If you have a good website to share on this subject please do. I seem to get the best bokeh from my 85mm f1.8 lens.

Is there such a thing as bad bokeh? Hmmmm, something to ponder.

Shelley said...

Definitely Bokeh. I have a love/hate relationship with it. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it. heh I like it in this instance. :0)

Anonymous said...

Its a very nice shot, but to be sincere (I'll say its average bokeh), but you're not to blame.

Its a good bokeh, don't get me wrong but a perfect bokeh does not only need the photographers technique, but also a good quality lens.

Mari said...

I must confess that I had never heard of bokeh before, so I had to google it before I could answer. I think you achieved good bokeh!

Kathy said...

One other blog I follow has some bokeh, but I'm afraid it's above my pay grade. Any info you can share would be appreciated!
Ramblin' Kathy

Si said...

Spot on, well done.


oobinsnaffa said...

Very nice bokeh! I love the colours too.

Bethwyn said...

Yes, if you want really good bokeh then you need a lens that opens up to 1.8 or lower (or 2.8 for a telephoto). You can get it being more closed up, but there's nothing like super wide open bokeh, mmmmmm. I LOVE my 85mm 1.8 for bokeh shots, I have some nice ones on my blog right now, actually. It's not a macro lens, but it works fine for me for now.

The Management said...


Check out http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/. She just did a series on "holiday bokeh". Some amazing shots, great inspiration!

MangyCat said...

I had to look up the term as well. But now that I know what it is, I'm familiar with the technique--just not the vocabulary. ;o)

The blurring has a lovely effect in this image. Keep experimenting!

Daniel Antunes said...

Hi! Long time since we heard from you! What's up? Don't five up! You can still catch up!

Anonymous said...

What's up girl? Say something please.

AmyBean said...

Yeah, where have you been? Hope you're doing well. Looking forward to seeing some new pictures!


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