Too much "bokeh" effect?

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  1. RMThompson

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    Took these with my 50mm 1.8... my wife said the "bokeh" effect is too strong, I didn't add anything to the effect in PP. What do you all think?

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    Number 3 is best by far.
     
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    The b/g on the dog picture is a little distracting but the effect works on the other pictures. I guess takes a little away from #2, did you considered using the burn tool to dampen the highlights in the background. It is a nice picture. On 3 and 4 I prefer the vertical background effect rather than the kind of rounded effect in the first two. The little girl is very photogenic.
     
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    I think what your wife may not be liking is the "ringged circle" effect in the bokeh highlights. Take a look at some of the highlights in photo #2. The highlights resolve to circles (disks) when they are out of focus. However, they have a bright "ring" around them, which may be a little distraction (attracting attention to the background too much). I've read that the "bright ring" is a function of the lens system, so you may want to try switching lenses and see if your wife likes the bokeh better.

    Here is a discussion on bokeh, and what parts of the lens and aperture systems contribute to "good" vs. "bad" bokeh:

    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/bokeh.shtml
     

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