For my last assignment, I really wanted to explore the world of photography. This is assignment is something I looked forward to, and now i get to showcase some amazing photos and a specific style. I have looked all over to find the origin of this style of photography and it seems to come back to a fellow names Carl Weese; A photographer from the 90’s who became a influential for many upcoming followers. Bokeh, is the style of photography and it comes from the japanese word ‘boke’ which mean blur or haze. The best way to describe these photos is, the subject is the centre and in clear focus, when the background is blurred out. This is usually shot with a shallow depth of field, but the same effect can be shown in post production. Upon more research it seems like Mike Johnston was a massive influential for this style. Way back in 97, when is was in about grade four, he commissioned three papers on the topic. It was Mike Johnston himself who actually altered the spelling of the word. There are many photographers who set the trends, but the main influential in my opinion is Mike Johnston. He exposed the world to this kind of photography, and has it paid off. With all the advances in technology and the ability of post production, its hard to tell what images are not edited.
When it comes to the images I chose, I really thought about what photos stuck out to me the most, images that moved me right away, or made me think. I am a sucker for things that look good, or even composition techniques.
The first image I chose, was a photo the lay parallel to what Bokeh photography is. Shot by Jena Rose, “Thirsty for Bokeh” was a image that just oozed out textbook Bokeh. The image is all captured in camera, and the seems to be little to no post production. Jena used rule of thirds very well here, and the balance of color is not over saturated. Now what makes this similar to early Bokeh work is basically the set up. One image to focus on with a very shallow depth of field. This photo came out remarkably well, and doing some research online, it has been featured and even pined on Pinterest.
Just like the first image, this second one follows the same principles. This shot is extremely well lit, and the subject is able to pop right off the screen. I never thought cardboard boxes could look so cute. There is not much add to this image, I really just wanted to showcase it to the world.
Beside his creative online name, Mr. Moog aka Lee, has a very creative Bokeh shot that really took me surprise. I am still wondering how he did this. It really boggles my mind. Now since he a professional photo retoucher for a modeling agency in the UK, i want to say it could have been some post production work… regardless the photo came out amazing.
This image did stand out to me, mainly because, the focus of this picture is out of focus and is the main subject of the image. I could not find any information on the photographer, however it seems like this shot was more of a freestyle. There are no specific composition techniques, nor is the an in focus subject. Never the less, this image came out beautiful, it really shows how spherical lights can look magical.
I think i have a thing for cups… this last image is the first Bokeh photo i ever laid my eyes on. Again it is a cup with the blurry lights in the background, however, the way the photo was composed shows the photographer took his time. This shot has been featured on many “Amazing Bokeh” blogs, and will always be one of my favorites. This photograph shows everything right with photography and creativity.
Now you might think, how did people like Mike Johnston influence and impact these photographers. And my opinion is, that he did not. Well not directly, he brought forward this new concept and photography style, and what these creatives did was just experiment and take photos. Directly, I doubt there was any impact, however, indirectly each one of these photographers attempted to take a shot in the Bokeh style, and they all came out well. These artists, influence each other by just taking these shots and posting them online for the world to see.