The wonderful thing about collaborating with other creative people is that you are bound to come up with ideas that tend to make you step outside your comfort zone. I blogged about this earlier – the benefits of being open and honest about your business with other small business owners. Little did I know that our little blog circle of fellow photographer would come together and rework the format of our month blog circles.
This year our blog circle is going to explore common photography terms along with various subjects. First up is “Nature and Bokeh”. If you don’t know what “Bokeh” is, here is the official definition
In photography, bokeh (Originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ boh-kay — also sometimes heard as /ˈboʊkə/ boh-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.
Simply put, it is a way to blur out the background around the primary subject to make the subject stand out and focus the eye on that subject – the buttery smooth background with the crisp clear foreground 🙂
There are many schools of thought on how to achieve bokeh but one of the key elements is to use a large/wide aperture. Wide aperture is the lowest f-stop number on your lens. I know it feels contradictory that a large aperture could be a small number but remember that the f-stop is essentially a fraction number. Hence smallest denominator equals largest fraction. Aperture is the amount of light that enters the camera – wide aperture is essentially maximum light.
Bokeh is used in conjunction with various subject – here are a series of nature images with beautiful bokeh. It works best when you want to isolate the subject away from distracting backgrounds!
Please follow along to my friend Heidi’s page to see her images featuring nature and bokeh!