Out of Focus: A (Blurred) Look at Bokeh

‘Bokeh’ is a term in photography which describes the aesthetic quality of the blurred parts of an image. It is decidedly defined as the way a camera lens renders out-of-focus points of light.

Here’s an example:

"Christmas Tree Lights Bokeh" by Rushilf - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution
“Christmas Tree Lights Bokeh” by Rushilf – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

I do foster a love of photography and photographic techniques, but it’s less of a hobby and more of a viewing pleasure, if you will. I particularly enjoy the different kinds of blurs and blurring effects. I’ve only ever managed to successfully take two photographs featuring bokeh:




It’s minimal at its best, and it was purely by accident when I was fooling around with my camera’s different features and settings. I was pushing buttons and turning knobs and poking things without knowing what I was doing, and I ended up with those two results. Pretty cool, huh? But more importantly, how cool is my sweater?


The word ‘bokeh’ simply sounds fun, doesn’t it? Due to my love of it combined with my passion for music, I’ve produced a song dedicated to the concept of ‘bokeh.’ It’s fun, bouncy, and influenced by 8-bit beats. You can listen to it here:

This was really just an excuse to gratuitously share some of my music with you. I hope you don’t mind. 🙂

What are some of your favorite types of photography? Any special techniques you employ or enjoy? 


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