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  1. rallysman

    rallysman TPF Noob!

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    But the word "Bokeh" Annoys the **** out of me.

    It was once a word that sparked interest, now it seems to be one that makes me twitch.

    Is there anyone else that is annoyed by the cliché use of this silly word?

    From what Iv'e gathered from hundreds of posts, Bokeh=Blur. I know that's not the case, but Jesus, people claim that ****ty pictures are great because of bokeh......


    /abbreviated rant
     
  2. DScience

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    .....So you're saying you like the word blur more.

    "Gosh bro, that's some amazing blur you have going on!"

    Just because people irrationally judge a picture because of it's quality of bokeh, or simply the presence of bokeh, doesn't make it in itself 'stupid'.

    If you know the history, the word actually comes from the Japanese, and expresses much more meaning than simply blur. Yes, that's a literal translation, but as with many Japanese and Chinese words, the translation is tricky and it's not just cut and dry.
     
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    Well call me dumb, but I had no clue as to what a 'bokeh' was.

    I do however like photos with great dof.

    Rant on...
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Bokeh isn't the "blur", but the quality of the blur...
     
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    Bokeh is simply the out of focus elements of a photograph.

    Good/Bad, it's all bokeh...


    What's next on your list, aperture? :lol:
     
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    rallysman TPF Noob!

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    No, I'm not saying I like the word "blur" more.
    My compliments on your texas instruments style of though though:)

    What I'm saying is that I feel it's over used and sometimes an excuse for a horrible photo. The definition you've given me is what I've learned the word to mean (which created my mild irritation). Please notice what I've highlighted in your quote. You basically agreed with what I'm saying, but perhaps you've done it in a more forum friendly manner. Thanks for that :)
     
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    rallysman TPF Noob!

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    Thanks. I wish others made it as obvious.

    How can you recognize the quality of the bokeh without having an in-focus focal point?
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    How can you recognize a good photo from a **** photo?

    You just know.
     
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    lol :thumbup:
     
  10. rallysman

    rallysman TPF Noob!

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    Awesome. Thanks for the well thought out insightful troll post.

    At least I know how to draw attention to a thread now:thumbdown:

    I should have known that a semi controversial topic would bring more attention than a thread involving a technique that most people here are incapable of achieving.
     
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    Frankly I have yet to see a photo that was made good or bad solely because of the bokeh. TBH I don't remember anyone talking bokeh until I joined forums except for that of mirror lenses which, admitedly, is a bit weird.

    Here's a pretty good article on the subject if you really want to understand.
    Bokeh and Background Blur
     
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    rallysman TPF Noob!

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    Thank you. Much appreciated.
     

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