This may be my one and only true confessions post, but when I saw Sofia’s theme this week, I knew I was in trouble. Bokeh is one of those “real” photographer terms, one that I hardly understand, let alone use intentionally. As Sofia says, “It literally means ‘blur’ in Japanese.” And let me tell you, I’m not without good examples of blurry photos — many, in fact, that have landed on the proverbial cutting room floor.
But it’s a technique I truly admire. In fact, a friend of mine, Debbie Wilson, photographs high school seniors using bokeh effect — and seeing these young people against a dreamy background is quite memorable.
My bokeh, on the other hand, is more or less accidental. Take this shot of a butterfly on flowers — the background is a bit blurry, but that just happened. Nothing on my part takes credit for this one.
And here’s another one — if it can even be considered a bokeh at all: a lifesaver ring handy for well, you know, saving lives, of course. Spotted this one in Searsport, Maine, and snapped the photo hardly thinking about background at all.
Also in Maine, this precious drop-headed flower caught my attention and formed a nice image just waiting to be included in a post like this one!
This bird, too — accidental as well. Snapped while waiting for the ferry to take us to Oxford, Maryland.
But I have to admit to using at least one of Sofia’s techniques for getting a good bokeh image: switching to a telephoto lens. By doing so in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, I was able to snap away at this budding tree, even though I still have no idea what this tree is called. And please, if any of you know this tree, add the name to the Comments section below. And take a look at another version of these blooms in the photo at the top of this post.
So, yes, I guess I do have a few bokeh examples, even if they are accidental ones. But I’m inspired now. I’m going to try using Aperture mode (Sofia’s instruction) to capture gorgeous spring blooms (with fuzzy backgrounds) during Knoxville’s Dogwood Arts time.
Blooms and blurs — coming right up!
Travel in a blur,
Rusha & Bert