Question: Bad Bokeh / Good Bokeh

Started Mar 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
Sdaniella Contributing Member • Posts: 943
Bokeh: soft blobs or distinct 'circles' or distinct straight edged polygons???

citrontokyo wrote:

Hi again. I'm just curious about opinions of the bokeh in this picture. Trying to get a general feel about what other people like. Do you like it, or not? If you like it, why? And if not, why not? It was shot at f 4.5, so the straight edges  of the aperture blades are visible.  Thanks for your input.


uniformly soft OOF 'blobs' closer in contour/proportion/shape to original shape of object [most preferred]
other examples of shallow DOF OOF/focus/control bokeh differences (warning: partial nudity)

vs distinct harsh 'circles' [so-so/ok/tolerable]

vs distinct harsh straight edged polygons [least preferred; shown in your photo; unless intentional 'custom shaped themed apertures' (which i've seen)]

vs distinct harsh semi/circular lopsided a/symmetrical 'blob-shapes' with or without concentric 'shell/layers' (rings) unrelated to original shape of object [distorted] [worst of all; not even a consideration]


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