Tag Archive: art


What did you call me?

Bokeh.  Yeah, I said it.  But what does it mean?

According to this Wiki entry, bokeh is an  “out-of-focus areas of an image”, or “the way the lens renders out-of-focus”  points of light.

iDigitalPhoto.com defines it as this;

bokeh

Definition: Subjective quality of the out-of-focus image projected by an optical system, usually a photographic lens. * The unsharp part of an image often makes the major part of a photograph: visually we prefer smooth gradations and spherical out-of-focus highlights: this is good quality bokeh. * Poor bokeh is caused by poor control of residual lens defects as well as the design of the diaphragm aperture blades or in-lens shutters. Lenses with circular apertures are more likely to produce smooth bokeh. * Transliteration of Japanese word.

Personally, I love this effect.  It gives the picture such a beautiful look and feel.  A lot of people think this technique is done in Photoshop, but it really isn’t.  It is done with the camera.  When it happens, it makes me feel so much better about the shot I took.

Art is subjective.  Everyone will have a different opinion on what exactly is art and what is not.  To me, this is one of the greatest forms.

I went through some of my pictures and found a few that I took that were good examples of the bokeh effect.  Tell me what you think…

I love how the background looks like frosted glass

I love how the background looks like frosted glass

A butterfly in our backyard

A butterfly in our backyard

A face only a mother could love

A face only a mother could love

Have you ever taken photos that have the bokeh effect?  Tell me about them.  Please subscribe to my blog.

…and then you die.

Cemeteries have always intrigued me.  I am not sure what about them intrigues me, but they really do.  Perhaps it’s that most people see going into them for anything other than paying your respects as taboo.  It’s a big no-no.  I don’t feel that way at all.  As a photographer, art is everywhere, and subjective.  Even the saddest things can be portrayed as art forms.  There’s just something about cemeteries that makes me want to shoot them.  Maybe it’s the history, or the shapes and styles of the stones.  I don’t know.

Last summer, a friend of mine asked if I had any interest in shooting cemeteries.  Absolutely, let’s go!  So we met in East Greenbush and hit a location that I will not disclose for some pictures.  I couldn’t have asked for a better place.  The grass hadn’t been mowed in a very long time and added an even more interesting angle to the pictures.

Among other things, a few of the stones were broken and very old.  It was pretty neat to see the difference in the stones throughout the years.  Some of the stones had pretty sayings or memories of loved ones that had passed.  It was definitely an experience I will not forget.  Here are some of the pics I got that day…

The sun was setting and peeking thru the trees

The sun was setting and peeking thru the trees

The Cross

The Cross

A very old stone

A very old stone

An older section with the tall grass

An older section with the tall grass

My favorite from that day.  Just has a sad feel to it.

My favorite from that day. Just has a sad feel to it.

What do you think of cemeteries?  Have you ever been in one for purposes other than a funeral or paying respects?