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01/03/2005 12:03:52 AM · #1
Am I the only one that doesn't get it?
01/03/2005 12:04:26 AM · #2
What don't you get?
01/03/2005 12:05:41 AM · #3
Yabb, i don't get it :( Brokeh? Don't understand it :'(
01/03/2005 12:07:00 AM · #4
Oh, I see, a new challenge.

Basically, a shallow depth of field challenge, with a lens which makes the out of focus background appealling, and that background and shallow depth of field enhancing the image.

I think ...
01/03/2005 12:07:55 AM · #5
This should be a great challenge. It leaves everyone a great deal of lattitude inpresenting their favorite subject. Can't wait to get started.
01/03/2005 12:08:45 AM · #6
70-200 2.8 at 200 mm 2.8
01/03/2005 12:08:47 AM · #7
Think of a photo where the subject's appeal is enhanced by the qualities (color, shape, etc.) of the out-of-focus background (and/or foreground) of the image. Portraiture is an especially fruitful area for this.
01/03/2005 12:10:13 AM · #8
Def:

"Essentially bokeh, which is Japanese for blurring, refers to the quality of out of focus areas of a picture"
01/03/2005 12:10:36 AM · #9
Don't know if this helps but:
Dictionary.com
"a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image"
01/03/2005 12:10:41 AM · #10
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01/03/2005 12:10:46 AM · #11
bokeh is essentially the nature of the out of focus background. people often refer to 'good bokeh' as soft, well-balanced spots that are round or near-round in nature. 'bad bokeh' is usually hard, has many sides (if you shoot wide open, you should have round bokeh) and may be overpowering or weak. i've never pursued the topic much, but i'm sure you can find a lot if you do some searches. the effects can really be great at times.

edit: wow, so many responses since i started typing my response. i don't see any bokeh in the above post, though. pretty un-bokeh-ish if you ask me :p

Message edited by author 2005-01-03 00:12:10.
01/03/2005 12:11:56 AM · #12
this may sound stupid, but just clarifying... so the subject should be in focus and the foreground should be in focus as well but the background should be blurred?
01/03/2005 12:12:26 AM · #13
Originally posted by hsteg:

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I don't think this represents the challenge.
01/03/2005 12:13:52 AM · #14
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click on the pic above to see it fullsize - the background is the bokeh part.

in this example, the players are the center of attention, the background out of focus helps draw your attention to the players.

This will be my first entry with my rebel...assuming i get it on time. My Fuji can only produce acceptable bokeh in macro mode.
01/03/2005 12:14:32 AM · #15
Good Old Google :)

Bokeh in Pictures - Luminous Landscape
01/03/2005 12:21:14 AM · #16
Originally posted by nshapiro:

Originally posted by hsteg:

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I don't think this represents the challenge.


I was trying to show that the gray was bokeh, should have prob said that, sorry.
01/03/2005 12:22:19 AM · #17
Ahh...now i get it :P Blured background :) Now the only thing i need is a good idea :P

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Something like that?
01/03/2005 12:37:10 AM · #18
Just to continue my paranoia about my 70-200, is it possible for the lens to appear to be working properly but have what looks like bad bokeh? I have a few shots where the oof areas look terrible. Can't post any examples now, will do tomorrow. More curious than anything b/c I bought the lens partly for its supposed awesome bokeh.
01/03/2005 12:39:59 AM · #19
Woo hoo free study! Time to whip out my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS which produces beautiful Bokeh!

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01/03/2005 12:47:16 AM · #20
Originally posted by Prof_Fate:

This will be my first entry with my rebel...assuming i get it on time. My Fuji can only produce acceptable bokeh in macro mode.


Better than my S414 but same hopfuly if i get the d70 in time frist entry with it as my main gun.

btw nice example

_brando_
01/03/2005 12:47:47 AM · #21
here is a great example
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01/03/2005 12:51:32 AM · #22
Another example;
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01/03/2005 12:53:39 AM · #23
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01/03/2005 12:56:08 AM · #24
Loosely defined, bokeh is the quality and "feel" of the out-of-focus foreground and background elements of a photo.

I think this is going to cause a lot of hammering LOL
01/03/2005 12:58:33 AM · #25
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