Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wet Bokeh

BOKEH, derived from the Japanese word boke (which means blur), is a term used when photographers take photos of lights by using wide aperture thus creating shallow depth of field to cause the certain lights and objects in a photo to appear like a blurred orb. Most use this technique for a dramatic background. The technique isn't that hard to learn but, in my experience, it's not easy to master either.

Sitting in Miri, in the middle of backing up my photos onto my external hard drive, I thought about Bokeh and tried to find something in the hotel room to experiment on. Instead, I went to a window and took a shot at the streets. The results are these two photos. I thought the wet windows gave an interesting effect on the lights.