"Bokeh" overrated? I think so!

Started Jun 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
M. Mitchell
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Re: "Bokeh" overrated? I think so!
In reply to HowardChernin, Jun 18, 2013

I completely agree with you. When I look at at photograph, I like to look at every detail. I hate to see a blur. Why include a blurred area in a photo if you don't want the viewer to see what it is? Notice that few painters will blur a background or foreground. I can understand the use of blurred areas for posters or advertising photos where the photographer tries to attract your eye to one subject. But if a background is included in a photo, it should have a purpose.  For example, it should show context. Otherwise it is a waste of space.

This, of course is a subject that has been considered and discussed since the invention of photography, most notably by a famous group of early photographers who formed what they called the f/64 club.

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