Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Bokeh

Christmas Lights
'Bokeh' is a Japanese word used by photographers to describe the 'out-of-focus' part of a photograph. Different lenses exhibit different kinds or qualities of bokeh. A really expensive prime lens is often said to have "really creamy bokeh". The above photo is of Christmas lights on my mantle shot with a really large aperture to create a very small depth-of-field. This effect is used on Christmas lights by thousands of photographers this time of year - many do portraits with the blurred lights in the background. So I know I'm not reinventing the wheel here - I'm just enjoying the ride.

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