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Old 04-06-2011, 07:55 PM   #61
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Nice shots, Dave.
Thanks Andy!
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:21 PM   #62
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Another trick that I like to use, is lots of bokeh, having a small part of the picture in focus and everthing else blurring into the background. I like this method, because it leads the eye to the details, and gives the picture more depth and makes it a little more three dimensional.

This can be achieved with a point and shoot using the portrait mode. I get this effect with a digital slr with a really old lens 50mm f1.8
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:37 PM   #63
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It doesn't look bad, but a little out of focus, maybe back the camera off some?
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:04 PM   #64
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It doesn't look bad, but a little out of focus, maybe back the camera off some?
It has a very short depth of field. It's supposed to be out of focus in some places to draw your eye to the in-focus places: the cookies, etc. on the sides.
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:35 AM   #65
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Bakechef, I think you are confusing bokeh with depth of field. While they are closely related, they are not the same thing.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:16 AM   #66
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Bakechef, I think you are confusing bokeh with depth of field. While they are closely related, they are not the same thing.

that's what I was thinking as well.

However I use the same tech in a lot of my stuff. focus a great deal on a specific section..usually parts that most of the colors can be seen and where the texture is most notable. I've had a few people comment on it recently saying they really enjoy that in my shots.
Oh how I love the lens correction tool of lightroom

but really bakechef, it's a great shot over all
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:30 AM   #67
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To me, the color temperature looks WAY OFF (too warm).

As quoted from "The Luminous Landscape", a serious enthusiast and professional photographer web site:

"Please note that unless you are ever-so-slightly crazy (ESSC), bokeh doesn't matter all that much. What sane photographers mostly care about is that the out-of-focus areas not be ugly or garish enough to be intrusive or distracting. If any particular lens meets that criterion in any particular picture, then you really don't have to worry about it too much beyond that. And, if any photographer wants to exploit interesting or unusual or "bad" bokeh for artistic purposes, there is, as far as I know, no law against that."

"It is a Japanese word meaning, roughly, "fuzzy," and it is used to describe old people with cobwebs in their heads among several other things — including the out-of-focus areas of photographs, which, I'm told, might more specifically be referred to as "boke-aji."

In short, it is the quality of the out-of-focus portion of the image. It's as difficult to describe as "umami."
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:15 AM   #68
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Before I add to the discussion, I'd like to say that I think hyperion's photos are not so bad, considering they were taken with a phone-cam with little or no post processing.

Selkie's explanation about bokeh is spot on. It is the undefinable quality of the unfocused areas of an image. For example, a Nikon 500 reflex produces the impression of looking through a window splattered with raindrops, whereas my 300 has a ultra-fine particulate fuzz that tricks the eye into thinking it too is in focus. My Pentax 85, at full dilation, creates images outside the depth-of-field with a surreal, dreamy fog. The term is usually reserved as an attribute of a camera lens.

I have a very simple, home-made light box of snap-together PVC pipe. It simplifies lighting and shooting still life.
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Bakechef, I think you are confusing bokeh with depth of field. While they are closely related, they are not the same thing.
I know just about enough about photography to be dangerous, which means not a lot. LOL

Photography terms and techniques are my weak point, I have a hard time wrapping my head around it all, some day it will just click, until then I will just muddle through!
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Not to worry bakechef. Bokeh is something many people have a hard time understanding. It is not an easily definable thing.
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