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Dec/12 Photo Contest: Bokeh

Special thanks to Shawna for picking December's theme and for compiling the following information:


Bokeh (most commonly pronounced “bo-kay”) refers to the aesthetic quality of the out-of-focus areas, or blur, in a photograph. Bokeh ranges from the soft blurring of colours and shapes, to bright out-of-focus spots of light that sometimes become the subject of the photograph. [Shawna has] added a couple of photos as examples to help illustrate both ends of the spectrum – subtle vs prominent bokeh.

Wikipedia has a good description of bokeh, and there are many websites with definitions, technical tips, and lots of examples for inspiration. Here are a couple of articles I found helpful:

The holiday season should provide lots of opportunities to explore this theme!

As always, the contest rules are:

1) max 2 photos per paid member

2) photo must have been taken within 30 days of submission to qualify.

Please post your photos to this album:

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  • Jim B.

    Etymology: From Japanese 暈け (boke, “blur”), the nominalized form of the verb 暈ける (bokeru, “to blur”).

    I didn't know that thought I would add to the group.

    January 11, 2013

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