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Exploration #15 “The Aesthetics of Bokeh”

November 8th – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Submission deadline – Images due by midnight November 6th

Bokeh is an English word that is a translation of the Japanese word for blur - but it is not just blur – it generally refers to specular out-of-focus highlights and specular reflections. Bokeh can be a complement to your image, but it can also be a distraction.

The Bokeh effect is created using a fast aperture (low f-number: e.g. f1.8) and most often using a 50 mm or 85 mm lens, although other focal lengths can create the effect. It depends on the particular design of the lens, the specific aperture, the distance of the lens to the subject and the distance of the background elements behind the subject.

In this exploration the task is to research and experiment bokeh and create images that illustrate the effect in different situations. It can be in your personal space, studio or outside (nighttime is especially good).

A limit of three different images per submission (colour or black and white) in .jpg format

A useful reference is: Understanding Bokeh by Todd Vorenkamp


Photo credit:  Robin King

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