Boring Bokeh

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What’s bokeh? I ask Wiki :

It is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens.

Look at the “blurry magic” behind the girls, pleasing your eyes :

 

Google it and you’ll find plenty. I’m the first to use it, because it’s easy, it underlines textures, it gives depth, etc. Here are four strips I made from my own pics. It’s an aperture game : Little blur on the wife portrait. A big blur on branches. A way to soften clouds, or to shine the little star :

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Like HDR, this effect became rapidly a dogmatic and systematic feature for portraits. “Oh I bought a new cam look at this splendid bokehhh”. There’s even a fake bokeh on smartphone now!

It’s beautiful, but I always wonder about cattleness. I wonder. And I immediately want to do the contrary. Maxing the aperture to keep everything sharp (1) or making everything blurry (2). Just to see. So there!

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The tool is easy to catch and put in your toolbox : What is it you do because it’s cool and everybody does it? What if you DON’T, just to see what happens?

 

Thanks for reading!

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