We all know what bokeh is these days. It’s those lovely highlights created in the areas where spots of light occur that are beyond the field of focus. Bokeh can be real, and it can also be added in post-production. Check out this selection of photos: real or post-production?
Butterfly by Kutub Uddin
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Flower by Małgorzata Sonnberg
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Cat by Vanessa Marková
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Mushroom by Julie Merle
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Portrait by Luca Foscili
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“The creaminess and the bokeh are unreal… I definitely think the Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM lens was made for portraits.” Canon Ambassador Rosie Hardy reveals the stories behind her recent portrait series, which combine creative techniques with the shallow depth of field afforded by the newest Canon RF lens.
Canon Ambassador Rosie Hardy is known for romantic and highly creative portraits that combine beautiful models with offbeat and fantasy elements. Her unique style has brought her a successful career in celebrity portrait, fashion and wedding photography, and a huge social media following.
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Le bokeh en photographie se caractérise par une profondeur de mise au point très faible pour que les détails de l’arrière-plan soient vu comme à travers une brume. Le bokeh révèle l’invisible – l’air, la nuit, la poésie. Utilisé de manière créative, il permet aux photographes d’obtenir des effets visuels photographiques incomparables.
Bokeh is a Japanese word meaning ‘blur’, and describes the pleasing or aesthetic quality of the out-of-focus blur in a photograph.
The human eye is, however, unable to perceive this unsharpness in the real world. This is the reason why pictures with bokeh always appear magical, surreal or fanciful.
To illustrate wonderful bokeh, you need a foreground that is not so far away and a background with contrasts, small elements and highlights to enable you to see very beautiful, soft and flowing light.
The well-proportioned gentleness of the light relegates what goes on in the background to secondary importance. In this way, the photographer decides on the message to be transported by the picture.
What characterises a good picture?
Bokeh-lovers would answer: a depth of focus as shallow as possible and background details as if seen through a mist. Photos with bokeh reveal the invisible – the air, the night, poetry.
The term bokeh originates from the Japanese word for ‘unsharp’ or ‘diffused’, and describes the parts of a picture that are not sharply rendered.
This unsharpness is by no means due to any form of aberration caused by the lens, it is much more the unsharpness in front of and behind the plane of focus that results from the chosen parameters – focal length, aperture and the distance from the main subject. In terms of the desired visual effect, background-bokeh is often more important than foreground-bokeh.
Bokeh pictures always have something magical, surreal or fanciful about them. The bokeh-technique is particularly suitable for the communication of moods. The intensity of bokeh varies from lens to lens. A useful rule-of-thumb says: the faster the lens, the more pronounced the bokeh.
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Mit gekonntem Spiel aus Unschärfe und Bokeh setzt Frank Rückert die Welt der Musik groß in Szene. Erst beim näheren Hinsehen entpuppen sich abstrakt anmutende Reﬂexe, Kreise und Linien als fotografische Neuinszenierung unterschiedlicher Musikinstrumente.
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Fotografisches Debüt | Frank Rückert
If you’re into landscape photography then have you tried the sub-genre of zen photography? It’s an interesting minimalist approach to capturing the beauty found in nature. Daniel Laan provides some ways you can start incorporating this process into your work.
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Zen photography comes naturally with an empty mind. It’s both waiting for a moment where light, shape, and dynamics fall into place, and being devoid of planning in advance. Instead of checking the weather online before a shoot, you just venture out and essentially wing it. It’s all about being in the moment. As a landscape photographer, I want to share the ways of this minimalist sub-genre.
The 7 Ways of Zen Landscape Photography by Daniel Laan