Question: Bad Bokeh / Good Bokeh

Started Mar 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
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antoineb Veteran Member • Posts: 6,115
Bokeh OKish but still way too distracting

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.


for my taste:

- the quality of the bokeh is ok-ish at best.  As you've mentioned yourself, you see diaphragm blades and the resulting effect is really not very pleasing

- more importantly, even the out of focus white flowers, distract the eye massively from the flowers which I assume to be your subject

Bottom-line:  before you have a bokeh issue on this shot, you have a much bigger issue with colour composition (yes I know that white isn't strictly speaking a colour)

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