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Old 09-03-2013, 07:53 PM
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I hope this is what youre talking about, if not, let me know

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Old 09-03-2013, 09:34 PM
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What about this ? used my dad's camera. Last year's photo. But it's qualified isn't it ?

It's a soon to be dragon fruit in this forever summer country, Indonesia
The camera spec are listed in the gallery.
Edited with Charm Box Studios's Birding action.
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Old 09-04-2013, 01:38 AM
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Since some of you asked.....

Some have done some great depth of field shots, but not have the bokeh effect!
Depth of filed is when the foreground is in focus and the background is not.

To get the bokeh you need circular kind of light images, kinda sparkly in the blurred part of the image.

If you look at Snickerdoodles first image there are no circular sparkly bits, now look at second image and you see the bokeh effect.

I have to go see if I can find something now!!!
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:00 AM
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That's what I thought too Kaye. I don't know a lot about photography (even though I have some great equipment which I hardly ever use! - hanging my head in shame!) but I always thought that bokeh was how you have explained it using Snickerdoodle's image as an example. Perhaps there are many interpretations.........I really don't know.
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here is a shot that hasn't been manupulated it is a natural bokeh

This was taken at Mataranka Springs in the Northern Territory in Australia, playing bubbles with a child that was with us

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Well Robyn I am in Melbourne at the moment, any photographic equipment that you don't want you can send it my way lol I will make full use of it!!
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Beautiful Kaye ! Superb ! I love the shot !
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:28 AM
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Kaye! That is a beautiful shot! I have to go spend some time in our gallery really looking closely at all these.

I love the discussion on Bokeh in here. This is exactly one the things I'd hoped would happen. I love having a place to talk photography. I want nothing more than to improve my photo's, improve my layouts, improve my memories!
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:32 AM
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ok so my picture doesnt qualify?? Thats all I need t know
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:02 AM
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Since some of you asked.....

Some have done some great depth of field shots, but not have the bokeh effect!
Depth of filed is when the foreground is in focus and the background is not.

To get the bokeh you need circular kind of light images, kinda sparkly in the blurred part of the image.

If you look at Snickerdoodles first image there are no circular sparkly bits, now look at second image and you see the bokeh effect.

I have to go see if I can find something now!!!
Well, that's what I thought too, Kaye, until I started reading articles. Some said any kind of blurry background is bokeh (I don't agree). Some say that even the halo'd lights from night shots (street lights, car lights) are considered bokeh. (not sure about that one) To me, bokeh is exactly what you described. A background so distant from the subject you are shooting (with large aperture opening) that the background has those little blurry circles in it.
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:18 AM
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Are you supposed to take a bokeh effect picture or edit one to get the effect?
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:17 AM
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I can't participate as I'm a Studio team member - but I'm just playing along.

Like Toiny, I'm loving the discussion about this and seeing all the different interpretations.

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Old 09-04-2013, 08:24 AM
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I can't win anything either, boo hoo, but I'm playing along anyway. Here's mine... slight contrast fix.


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Old 09-04-2013, 12:47 PM
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Either is fine. Bokeh can be difficult to achieve naturally. There are lots of different tricks you can use to express it artistically, whether it's a camera, light or editing trick.




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Old 09-04-2013, 02:25 PM
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I posted my squirrel photo as my official entry, but like the rest of you, I'm having some fun experimenting and I went hunting on the internet for bokeh tools. The only one that is PTU is a 4 setting action I found at graphic river. I found FTU, CU okay tools at media militia, and at deviant art both ibjennyjenny and jennistock have some great FTU, CU okay tools, while Tasha's playground has a pack of multilayer overlays on her blog.

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original macro shot of a dandelion


using multilayer overlay from Tasha's Playground


using overlay by ibjennyjenny


using the big bokeh setting of the bokeh plus PTU action from graphic river


using the speckle setting of the PTU action combined with another FTU overlay from ibjennyjenny
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:22 PM
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I searched through my pictures and found this one:



It was taken with my Olympus C5050 (can't remember if it was in Macro or Auto- I don't play around with this camera too much). I realized that with my underwater photography background (this is the camera I dive with) I try to avoid Bokeh at all costs (we call it backscatter underwater and it is easy to get when light bounces off particulate floating in the water). This was fun to learn why it isn't always a bad thing!
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:15 PM
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Seeing some great Bokeh shots!!

I guess the word is open to interpretation....

I found this an thought this was a great illustration, I hope it is ok to put this in here?

Fig. 1. Poor Bokeh. This is a greatly magnified blur circle showing very poor bokeh. A blur circle is how an out-of-focus point of light is rendered. Note how the edge is sharply defined and even emphasized for a point that is supposed to be out-of-focus, and that the center is dim.
Fig 2. Neutral Bokeh. This is a a technically perfect and evenly illuminated blur circle. This isn't good either for bokeh, because the edge is still well defined. Out-of-focus objects, either points of light or lines, can effectively create reasonably sharp lines in the image due to the edges of the sharp blur circle. This is the blur circle from most modern lenses designed to be "perfect."
Fig. 3. Good Bokeh. Here is what we want. This is great for bokeh since the edge is completely undefined. This also is the result of the same spherical aberration, but in the opposite direction, of the poor example seen in Fig. 1. This is where art and engineering start to diverge, since the better looking image is the result of an imperfection. Perfect bokeh demands a Gaussian blur circle distribution, and lenses are designed for the neutral example shown in 2.) above.
Article in full here

Looking at Robyns last image that looks as though she has achieved good bokeh...
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:50 AM
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I like that explanation Kaye! I'm sad though, some of my favorite Bokeh are the ones with light like that & "shapes". Preferably octagon or hexagon type of shapes. I didn't realize that meant poor Bokeh.
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Old 09-05-2013, 04:35 AM
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Well even poor Bokeh is Bokeh...lol

I guess if you like it then that is all that matters in the end bokeh or no Bokeh
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This is so fascinating. I love photography but have never heard of this effect before! Time to get shooting
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