When Berta suggested "BOKEH" for this week's theme, I did a little dance. I just knew I could get a GREAT shot for the theme. While I admit I didn't KNOW KNOW exactly what bokeh was, I definitely had heard it referred to a lot, and I knew exactly what I was looking for.
Then.....my week happened. It was a CRAZY busy week, with NO daycare, Tons of meetings and stuff at work, Dance Recital, and rain, rain rain.......sigh.
So while Berta got the shot I was hoping for....I did not.
So What EXACTLY is this crazy thing called BOKEH? After spending a bit of quality time googling, I found this definition to be most common:
A Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image. To be pronounced "bo" as in bone, and "ke" as in Kenneth.
So not only is it referring to the out of focus portion of a photography, it is also referring to the QUALITY of that blurry portion. This is where it all goes confusing. The BEST quality of bokeh is a very disputed thing around the photography world. It is subjective. Good bokeh is pleasing to the eye. It does not distract from the subject of the photo.
It seems to me that there is two kinds of bokeh, then. The "hollywood style", and the "cream cheese style". Berta's shot is the hollywood style. It is flashy bokeh. The beautiful circles of light. This type of bokeh is just as much the subject of the shot as the flower in focus. It is a stunner.
My photo is more the "cream cheese style". The background is completely blurred in a smooth gradient. The purpose of the bokeh is to keep your eye on the subject in focus. It does not distract at all.
All in all, I walked away from this week just a tad more confused about what BOKEH really, truly is....but for a better appreciate for all sort of blur. It all serves a purpose, and makes photography such an interesting hobby.
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