Definition of bokeh, simply gibberish?

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guitarjeff
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Re: Definition of bokeh, simply gibberish?
In reply to Ed B, 5 months ago

Ed B wrote:

guitarjeff wrote:

Dave Luttmann wrote:

What a long post about something you don't understand or grasp.

And I notice you offer no explanation for your statement, noted. And long post? I have seen far far longer.

Bokeh comes from the Japanese word boke. It became popular in the U.S. in the late 1990's when some photography magazine started using it to describe the quality of the out of focus areas of a picture.

Yeo, the problem is they attempted to give it a definition and obviously wanted to make it artsy and sound COOOOL, BOKEH, they couldn't just let it mean what it obviously does, blur due to shallow dof.  I believe they wanted some mysterious meaning and that's why the silly definbition that isn't a definition at all.

If the out of focus areas look good you'd say it had good bokeh if the out of focus areas looked bad, you say the picture had bad bokeh or the lens produced bad bokeh.

ABSOLUTELY CORRECT, and that's the way it should obviously be.  Whether you like the EXISTING BOKEH, or not has nothing to do with it's actual existence.

It's all in the eye of the beholder. It's simply a descriptive term.

I, personally, always thought it sounded a little effeminate.

Just bugs me because I see so many people give that silly definition that sounds so cool, but it's simply gibberish.  Bokeh is blur due to dof, if you like the bokeh, great, if you don't, then it's bad bokeh to you, but it still either exists or it doesn't exist.

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