In photographybokeh (/ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə or /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay;[1] Japanese: 
[boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens.


I think “bokeh” is a wonderful word; especially as I spent most of my life not knowing what it was! In fact I’d never even heard of it. I did used to wonder how something in a photograph stood out from a blurry background. I thought it must be a Photoshop technique.

Since I got my first “grown-up” camera and learned about f numbers and depth of field, I do like to use wide apertures to isolate flowers from their background.

These were taken at f4 :

Purple Flower f4 ©HelenBushe
Flowers Bokeh f4 ©HelenBushe

And this next one at f5.

Bokeh f5 ©HelenBushe

All images ©HelenBushe.

Fujifilm X-T3

XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro

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Tooty Nolan · 7 August 2019 at 21:29

You can’t beat bokeh. I think it might be a little like wheelies, power slides, and sex: once you master it, you just want to do it again.

    HMB · 7 August 2019 at 21:37

    Nicely expressed

Irene · 6 August 2019 at 01:46

Lovely work with bokeh.

Laurie Graves · 5 August 2019 at 14:00

Beautiful shots, and I am a huge fan of bokeh. Somehow, the Japanese are masters at coming up with a single word to define a concept.

    HMB · 5 August 2019 at 19:23

    Thanks Laurie. Yes, A good Haiku poem can contain the whole universe!

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