What is Bokeh?


I was reading Pioneer Woman’s photography section and was mezmerozied by the Christmas bokeh and the word itself.       

So, being the ever curious writer I had to look it up from the Wiki:

In photography, bokeh is the blur,[1][2] or the aesthetic quality of the blur,[3][4][5] in out-of-focus areas of an image, or “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.”[6] Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting— “good” or “bad” bokeh, respectively.[1] Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions.

Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as spectacular reflections and light sources, which is why it often associated with such areas.[1] However, bokeh is not limited to highlights, as blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.

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Especially for Christmas I enjoy the ethereal colors and tranquility of such photos.  Check out Pioneer Woman’s entries and enjoy!

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