The 'More Bokeh' poll

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The 'More Bokeh' poll
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The term 'bokeh' has been widely misused and abused in recent years. Originally it was intended to signify the quality of out of focus areas in a photo. Now it is used almost indiscriminately to refer simply to anything in the photo that is not in focus.

With those differing usages, a question arises as to what, if anything, might comprise 'more' (or 'less') bokeh in a photo.

Those who retain the original definition of the word resist the idea of applying the modifiers 'more' or 'less' to it because it addresses a quality ... but is that logical? Most of us would probably agree that numerous terms in common use that describe a quality - sex appeal, chutzpah, compassion, etc. - can be logically modified with the words 'more' or 'less'. So what exactly is the justification for excluding bokeh from that list?

Now ... if an (unlikely) consensus can someday be reached that the modifiers 'more' and 'less' can indeed logically be applied to bokeh no matter how the term is defined, there will still be confusion about what exactly constitutes 'more', and what exactly constitutes 'less'.

I'll show an example to try to sort this out. The photo labeled 'A' below is the full image rendered of a scene using a long lens at a wide aperture. The photo labeled 'B' is simply a cropped version of that same photo. Both have been resampled to the same pixel resolution.

In both cases, the in-focus subject occupies only a small relative area of the frame.

'A' clearly contains much more relative area that displays bokeh, but the displayed bokeh has less relative blur. 'B' clearly has less relative area that displays bokeh, but the displayed bokeh has more relative blur.

A

B

So... which has more bokeh?

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A
2.5% 3  votes
B
23.5% 28  votes
I refuse to participate in this absurd poll
73.9% 88  votes
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