Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wifetastic {3} You say Bokeh, I say Booyah.

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{A} Wifetastic photography conversation…

Me – “Keeeeeeent?” (that’s me yelling toward the den where Kent works on his photography from my spot on the couch where I work on my blog).

Kent – “Whaaaaaat?”

Me – “I want to blog about the Stella Leona ornaments will you take some pictures?”

Kent – “Yeah.”

Me - “Can you make sure you get the booyah effect with the lights?”

Kent - (trying not to laugh) “You mean bokeh.” 

Me - “Yeah, that’s what I said. Can you get the bokeh effect?” 

Kent - “No, you said boooooyah effect. Bahahaha.”

Me- “Whatever…just take the picture.”

{B} Ironic Origin

I asked Kent to write a brief tutorial and show some examples of Bokeh. For whatever reason while he did some research for this tutorial he looked up the origin of the word bokeh and found the following . . .

The origin of the term is from the Japanese word Bokeh and Background Blur which in romaji (english characters) is spelled "boke" ( pronounced bo-keh) and which means "fuzzy", but usually in the sense of "touched in the head" or "senile". It can also be used to describe someone who says stupid things, or makes silly mistakes.” – from www.bobatkins.com

{C} Finally, the Bokeh (as in “photography effect”) tutorial.
Bokeh refers to the rounded light circles in the background area in some photographs that are out of focus.  It is produced, often times on purpose by photographers, using a shallow depth of field or larger aperture on the lens. IMG_3626
Checkout a Bokeh tutorial by The Pioneer Woman here along with reader submitted Holiday bokeh pictures here and here. They are amazing.

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