Types of Bokeh...your favorite?

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Is this good bokeh, bad bokeh...noisey bokeh or mabe just an example of DOF?
Or is it all just totally subjective, which brings it back around to the OP....whats your
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favorite?

I do like the circles....can you do those without some kind of light, like the candle light in the pp?
 
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:Shocked:Mushy!!!! Oh well, at least you like it :tongue:
I'll take pretty much any kind of bokeh that I can get, after coming off a P&S :)
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I was under the impression that ‘good’ or preferred bokeh is that which corresponds to a Gaussian distribution. Surely we can therefore empirically measure bokeh against this mathematical concept and those which are seen to correspond are deemed pleasing?

I appreciate there is an element of perception here but if something can be measure there is no need to employ the qualitative measures of good or bad.

Reference: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/bokeh.htm
 
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I just read most of that link...Would anyone like to join me in a support group for denser photographers"

Just before the first illustration KR states:
"Yes, we are getting abstract here, which is why some denser photographers refuse to try understand bokeh."
huh?
 
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Sorry, it was pretty late when I made that last post and it doesn't make a great deal of sense.

What I was trying to say is that because bokeh is releated to the optical physics of the lens and can be compared to a mathematical ideal it is possible to considerd what is good or bad by comparing it to this function.

You could argue that the bokeh that should be people's favourite is that with fits with the numerical ideal.

There is still room for perception and opinion though since we all have an artistic preference as to what bokeh should look like I guess that should have some input as well.
 
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I think this thread should be degaussed :tongue: in favor of using subjective terms to describe bokeh.

I took this shot two years ago of my son using my D70 with 70-300. I loved it more for the IQ but then noticed the subject isolation made it jump out.

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Creamy SOOC? Yes. Can bokeh be improved or embellished in pp? I'm sure it happens....
 
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I like foreground bokeh. I feel like it adds a bit of depth and dimension to the photo. All taken with my 50mm, f/1.8.

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Also love sunlight bokeh on leaves.

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Foreground bokeh is good:

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Then you can shift focus for a twofer...

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Here's some "nervous" bokeh from the 50/1.8. Yuk.

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Not so nervous from the 35/2 at f/2.

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Not so round from the 35/2 at f/5.6.

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70-300/VR @300-f/8. Fairly creamy when the subject is much closer than the background.

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80-200 AF-S @200-f/2.8. My favorite of the lot.

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I think getting bokeh at F/22 is neat
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and maybe photos with nothing but bokeh
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I also have some smearing bokeh
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Not sure what type this is, but I like it. Tamron 90 with a close subject wide open (or nearly so).

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Bokeh is good to me as long as it is not distracting from the subject. Bokeh that becomes the subject or competes with the subject, at least to me, is bad bokeh.
 
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I like creamy, unexpected bokeh...

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Not so round from the 35/2 at f/5.6.

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I never realized the 35 2.0 produced these not so round shapes as I always seem to end up wide open with it.
 
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I like creamy, unexpected bokeh...

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I had to do a double take on this one. I thought you said "I like the creamy unfiltered bokeh":wink:
 
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