Definition of bokeh, simply gibberish?

Started Mar 6, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP guitarjeff Senior Member • Posts: 1,165
Re: Definition of bokeh, simply gibberish?

tesilab wrote:

There is good bokeh or bad bokeh. Not more or less bokeh, though evidently, if everything is in focus, there is nothing to judge. Yes it is true that it comes from the word for blur, but it is a photographic term used to discuss what that blur looks like, not how much there is.

Right on the nose.  Amount of blur (bokeh) has nothing to do with it's actual existence .  Either something is real or it isn't, if it's subjective then it only exist in the mind.  When I see bokeh circles, THAT'S NOT SUBJECTIVE, the bokeh is a REAL phenonmenon, not subjective at all.  Whether we like it or not, that's subjective.

More specific adjectives that besides "good" or "bad" might be neutral, smooth, hard edged, doubled, nervous, etc. There is also "onion" bokeh, describing apparent concentric rings in an image. If you are using, say a Petzval lens or something similarly uncorrected you would see "swirly" bokeh.

Yep, lot's of different qualities and aspects to bokeh, (blur due to dof).  Whether we like it or not is the subjective part.

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