Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the background blur (the out-of-focus) in a photo and sometimes refers specifically refers to light. The ideal bokeh does not interfere with the object of focus, but enhances it with pleasing effect. See this link for great examples of bokeh photography. Post your best photos where bokeh is at its most aesthetically appealing.
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Contest Moderator: Many seem to confuse Bokeh with just a shallow depth of field. What we are looking for is the way light can make interesting soft patterns in the background to enhance the main subject. ( 5 years and 960 days ago )
kyricom: Yes. There are some great shots, a few that are borderline, and quite a few with no bokeh at all. People need to click on the link in the theme for some great examples if they have any doubt. ( 5 years and 960 days ago )
Contest Moderator: Yes, this contest is driving me crazy, I hate removing beautiful photos, but people are just not reading the thee, or don't understand what is required.
For those who have beautiful photos removed because they are off theme, remember you can always use them in an other contest. ( 5 years and 960 days ago )
For this contest, we are looking for the way lens aberrations and aperture creates interesting light patterns.
Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light".
Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources. ( 5 years and 959 days ago )
kimartist: Bokeh is blur - out of focus light - no more, no less - and can occur anywhere in the photo, not just the background.
It sounds like you are ONLY looking for entries where:
CIRCLES OF LIGHT CAUSED BY THE LENS occur in the BACKGROUND ONLY and SOME OBJECT IN THE FOREGROUND must be CLEARLY IN FOCUS?
If your definition of "bokeh" is going to be that narrow, then it must be clearly stated in the rules, imho.
Because I have certainly seen beautiful abstract photos that contained ONLY bokeh and nothing else:
Contest Moderator: You are quite right, we are looking for the way lens aberrations and aperture creates interesting light patterns in the background.
If it isn't clear enough in the theme, or follow up comments, I appologise. ( 5 years and 955 days ago )
kyricom: This is why you never trust wikipedia. Blur would be DOF. BUT... even the wikipedia def provided says "out of focus light." Out of focus light and blur are not the same thing. ( 5 years and 954 days ago )
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