December Photo Challenge – Bokeh

Bokeh effect is a common technique used in photography where one element of the image is intentionally blurred. Emphasis is placed on certain points of light in the background, with bokeh appearing as a backdrop to the focal area. The subject remains clear and in focus while the background is blurred, with brilliant points of light helping achieve ‘good bokeh’.

If someone were to say: “that image has good bokeh”, they would be generally referring to the aesthetic quality of an image’s background blur.

Bokeh comes from the Japanese word boke (暈け or ボケ), which means ‘haze’ or ‘blur’. The ‘h’ was introduced to help English speakers pronounce the word correctly [BO – KEH]. The official definition translates as: “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.”. 

Thank you to our members who submitted their interpretation of Bokeh.