As I promised in my previous post, here are some bokeh photographs that I think turned out much better than yesterday’s photographs. I was a tad nervous about shooting at night because, every other time I’ve tried, my photographs resemble a blurry, uninteresting mess. However, setting my camera in manual mode for this bokeh experiment helped me learn more about photographing in low-lighting situations. The final photograph (at the bottom of this post) is an example of an in-focused shot I managed to capture… I think I see improvement in myself! Yippy Skippy! I decided to explore bokeh at night because my husband had set up all these tiki torches around our patio to keep the pesky mosquitoes away. I thought the flames would make for interesting compositions, so I immediately dove right into the process. I tried multiple ways of photographing with a bokeh mind… some images are complete compositions of circularly-shaped blurs, while others include pieces of the composition in focus as well as pieces out of focus. There are a couple photographs that are complete, bokeh blurs and I find them to be my strongest photographs. The blurred circles and lighting enhanced the subject’s formal qualities with a romantic glow. I decided to include one photograph of a tiki torch shot in the daytime because I thought it would add another variation to this experiment, and series, of mine. I love the abstracted, yet realistic product involved in the bokeh process. I’m not sure if these photographs will satisfy everybody’s taste, but I hope they will please the bokeh fans. I read somewhere that professional photographers continuously disagree about which bokeh look is “better”… the clean, complete blurred background with an in-focus subject in the foreground.. or the impressionistic stamps of circles look that adds interest to the subject. I happen to enjoy both… but I find the complete, circularly blurred compositions to be stronger… but that is merely my opinion.
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