365 Project · My Photography


Here’s some 4th of July, Empire State Plaza Bokeh for you….


What is Bokeh you say?

It’s the beautiful, out-of-focus parts of a photograph. The aesthetic effect has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”. Differences in aperture shape can cause some lens to blur very so slightly that is beyond pleasing to the eye… photographer’s, light chasers remember!? There is definitely bad Bokeh as in all bad photographs, but lights at night and holidays are fantastic! For me… it’s usually happy accidents!

The word Bokeh, derives from the Japanese word boke (暈け or ボケ), which means blur or haze or the blur quality. The Japanese term boke is also used in the sense of a mental haze or senility. No wonder I like it so much!

Bokeh didn’t become a thing in English terms until it was popularized in 1997 when Mike Johnston, the editor at the time of Photo Techniques magazine, commissioned three papers on the topic for the March/April 1997 issue. It’s been a hit ever since!

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