BOKE thread :)) Bring em on and OR comments too...

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TheronFamily Forum Pro • Posts: 19,983
BOKE thread :)) Bring em on and OR comments too...

Hi, time for the cream and dream of good looking and pleasant boke!
Share your nicest boke type shots with us

Mine:

IS THIS Boke?
I know its way shallow DOF, but is it boke too ? Interesting debate eh?

Not the nicest boke here (the lil circles are a bit too pronounced), but hey, its a el cheapo lens

Lens: Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5 @ 35mm with Kenko Extension.
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OP TheronFamily Forum Pro • Posts: 19,983
3 more (flowers)

Different lenses used here.
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dovi Senior Member • Posts: 1,452
Re: BOKE thread :)) Bring em on and OR comments too...

tao.design Veteran Member • Posts: 5,632
got boke

IS THIS Boke?

Is what boke? The whole picture? Are you asking if the picture shows boke? I'd say so, you can see the bright-ringed circles of confusion there in the background -- there is certainly defocusing character there to be judged if one were so inclined.

I know its way shallow DOF, but is it boke too ? Interesting debate
eh?

Again, I think one can evaluate the defocusing characteristic of the lens from this shot, in the way the lens draws those defocused letters.

Shallow depth of field alone doesn't constitute "boke" -- which is all about quality, after all, not quantity. One must have elements that lend themselves in some degree to evaluation -- the main reason people gravitate toward defocused specular highlights and such -- in determining character.

Todd

OP TheronFamily Forum Pro • Posts: 19,983
what IS that last shot of ?

looks like hollow chrome pipes, but then I look at the tips, and they seem to have reflecections on them?
You have an 800px wide ver mbe?
NICE boke in 1&2 :))
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tao.design Veteran Member • Posts: 5,632
i think this one shot could open up a dialogue

This second shot starts to approach the subject, because the defocused elements actually provide more context than the other flower shots:

One could evalutate the quality -- be it smooth, harsh, etc -- of those defocused elements, because they themselves have character.

Todd

OP TheronFamily Forum Pro • Posts: 19,983
information overload - lol

hi todd, long time no see
so, in any of the above shots, is it boke, and is it pleasant boke?

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WineMan Contributing Member • Posts: 809
Re: BOKE thread :)) Bring em on and OR comments too...

Not a good one, but its what I found....
Enjoy...

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OP TheronFamily Forum Pro • Posts: 19,983
Re: i think this one shot could open up a dialogue

tao.design wrote:

This second shot starts to approach the subject, because the
defocused elements actually provide more context than the other
flower shots:

so, to you, its the background, which should be discernible at least to a certain degree?

One could evalutate the quality -- be it smooth, harsh, etc -- of
those defocused elements, because they themselves have character.

by character, you mean that as in the examples i provided, the faucets (taps) the very very shallow dof there is then not boke?
trying to get a good grasp of this thing, thanks :))

even better if you could, identify if needs be, by color, shape etc if any of the shots shown here constitute boke. I'm a slow learner todd! - he-he ...

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ianz28 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,382
Focus on 80-200 f2.8 Boke

I love the Boke from this lens.

Here's an interesting photo to analyze. USM has somewhat damaged the boke here (should have used a layer mask).....but, in my opinion a lesser lens would have destroyed this difficult background.

So, what do you think? Good boke?
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dovi Senior Member • Posts: 1,452
Re: what IS that last shot of ?

chrome pipes from a strange art exhibition near Radio City Music hall in NYC.

People kept standing on the exhibit looking through the tubes as if it was a telescope. After I looked and saw they were just chrome tubes I figured I'd play with DOF...

OP TheronFamily Forum Pro • Posts: 19,983
Re: Focus on 80-200 f2.8 Boke

So, what do you think? Good boke?

heck, what do I know, still trying to get a hold of it myself ian - lol

very good shots indeed, if my understanding is expanding, then it looks like exquisite boke, yes :))

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ianz28 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,382
Focus on the Tokina 100 f2.8 & 90 f2.5

Macro lenses. Todd should definitely pipe in here and provide some 90 samples.

Tokina 100

Tokina 90
(always been my favorite - the lens (well 2nd fav) and this first photo)

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OP TheronFamily Forum Pro • Posts: 19,983
godda*n it man

these are frikin awesome!

scuse my french n all, but, you better go find my socks for me, you've just blown them right off! - LOL
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knickerhawk Veteran Member • Posts: 6,938
I'd rather focus on the Tamron 90!

Those are outstanding shots, Ian! I especially like the first and last. Here's one from this weekend courtesy of my favorite lens - the Tamron 90mm.

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you ppl better stop it

im getting green with envy here - lol
brilliant shot!
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knickerhawk Veteran Member • Posts: 6,938
Hey, Todd, a question...

Haven't seen you around here much lately! I've been meaning to ask you if you were familiar with the book titled, "The Tao of Photography"? I've been reading it and it's pretty good if you're into that sort of thing (which I assume you are based on your screen name). It contains a nice (but not great) selection of B&W photos and relates photographic concepts and techniques to Taoist teachings.

By the way, that's a wonderful image (as usual).
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jmullen Contributing Member • Posts: 567
Sure, I'll pitch in...

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Iggier Senior Member • Posts: 1,201
Since You Insist ;-))

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Kamik636 Junior Member • Posts: 46
50mm, 85mm, 180mm pics

a few bokeh shots i found

50mm F1.4 @ F4.5:

85mm F1.8 @ F2.5:

50mm F1.4 @ F1.4:

180mm F2.8 @ F2.8:

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