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Golden Leaf

Bokeh is a relatively new word for me and out-of-focus backgrounds is something I am trying in my photography at the moment.

I am not particularly interested in comments on composition with this one just seeking some guidance as to whether this is a good or bad example of Bokeh and if this type of subject is ideal for such shots ?

Technical Details
focal length : - 135mm
aperture :- f1.8
shutter speed :- 1/320
ISO :- 400

Tags: Autumn Branch Leaf Flowers and plants Digitally manipulated Bokeh West sussex Horsham St leonards forest

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paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2010 8:29AM
I think this is good. Certainly the depth of field is spot on. What I think could be improved is the separation between the leaves and background. One, or other needs to be darker. If you used flash fill on the leaves, and it looks like you did, it was a bit too strong.

pamelajean Plus
14 1.5k 2188 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2010 2:43PM
This link may be of interest to you. Taking their classifications of good, neutral and bad bokeh, I would say that yours is good. The background is nicely blurred and out-of-focus, but I wouldn't say it is not distracting because of the variations in tone. As to the character of the bokeh, it does not have any sharp edges, but the outlines of the background leaves are still discernible and don't blend quite as nicely as they could. I feel that a little more blur would be preferable. Perhaps the background leaves were a little too close to your subject? You chose a large aperture, and that seems fine. As to whether this subject was ideal for this type of experiment, I feel that your background leaves are too similar to the leaves you want in focus, both in shape and colour, and that your subject doesn't therefore stand out too well from the background. Also, I'd like to have seen more of your chosen leaves in focus because some are starting to blend too well into the background. I realise you were concentrating on the one golden leaf, though, and that one definitely does stand out well.
Eviscera 14 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2010 4:32PM
Its good Bokeh.

If you want that more "stained glass" effect , try a different combination of focal length and background to subject distance.

Shooting f5.6 @ 10m from subject and b.g > 20m away using the tele end (200mm) gives a pleasing effect.

A good tip was to use spot metering , zoom right into the main subject , take that reading and zoom back , then dial in the spot reading in manual and re-shoot at your preferred focal length.

Subject = exposed well , Bokeh follows , trail and error tech though !
JJGEE 16 7.9k 18 England
29 Oct 2010 8:36PM

Quote:zoom right into the main subject , take that reading and zoom back

Smile With a fixed focal length lens walking back & forth ( zooming ) is going to get me fit and that is a bit scary ! !

Thanks all for the constructive comments, I will be back in the location next week-end ( 6th November) so will take the tips with me and give this out-of-focus background technique another go.

Thanks again,


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