MUURR-SEE BOKOOOOOOH… IT’S BOKEH BOKEH TIME!
Ok, I’ve got a minor disclaimer for this post: This was my first experiment with Bokeh… or, rather, my first experiment where I played around with the technique outside of my camera’s flower and portrait settings. These images are not perfect, but they are documents of my photographic learning process (which I hope will continue to improve).
Bokeh is a photographic technique involving a clear, focused subject with a blurred background. Now, remember, I’m an AMATEUR photographer… I’m gathering these words and ideas about bokeh from what I’ve read… and let’s just say, the source started with a W so please feel free to correct me if I am mistaken about any of this. I have mainly seen bokeh utilized in photographic portraiture and images of flowers, but I read once in a blog that if you zoom in on the subject right as you snap the shot, the effect is an incredible smeary blur. This seemed like a fun technique to experiment and have fun with… for it inspires all kind of photographically abstract compositions. I don’t feel as if I necessarily succeeded in achieving this effect with these compositions, but you will see how my technique has evolved in my next blog post. Sorry I just told you that what you have to look forward to is not in this post… but at least there is something to look forward to! Ha. Ok. Where was I?
BOKEH! Right… Bokeh! I took these photographs on the same day, but at two different points in the day. That is why the lighting looks dramatically different in these photographs. Some were taken in the early morning, when the light was not bright enough to create incredible shadows. The others were taken in the afternoon, when the sun’s rays were bright enough to render beautiful shadows upon these fallen flower petals. We have a beautiful pink, Crepe Myrtle tree in our backyard that sits next to our outdoor umbrella. The storm, which I posted about this week, caused a massive scattering of this tree’s flower petals; all around our yard and on top of our umbrella. I spotted a flurry of pink, petals resting on top of our umbrella, and thought it would make for some interesting compositions. I stood on a chair, since I was not tall enough to take these photographs from the ground, but I still feel as if I wasn’t positioned high enough. But this is what I managed to capture. I am not sure if all of these photographs can be considered bokeh or not, but they were shot with that idea in mind.
I have heard that people either hate or love bokeh… and now I completely understand why. But what frustrates some, actually delights me so I am all about havin’ me some bokeh fun. In these compositions, the eye is constantly being entertained as it struggles to focus and make sense of what it is observing. I love this effect because it is creates a form of representation that has been abstracted… and I love that I can take something ordinary and search for a unique perspective via this tool. I like the blurs in these photographs because, at least to me, I am seeing an image that is reflective of how I am really seeing… in other words, if I were just glancing at this umbrella and not taking its picture, my eye would slowly wander around the fabric and observe parts of the whole composition… for it is impossible for the eye to focus on all the scattered petals in detail at once. My eye wandered from one prominent scattered clump to the next. With that being said, these photographs show various viewpoints of a whole, entire composition… seen in blurry, zoomed-in and zoomed-out fragments. These photographs might not be completely clean and clear, and that is what causes the frustration… but I find it makes these compositions ever more interesting. I was able to orchestrate a multitude of compositionsbecause I could choose to focus on whichever clump of petals I desired. I thought about posting only the one set of photographs at first, where the sun was really high up in the afternoon sky, but I chose to include both times of day, to vary up the photographic compositions.
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