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Striderxl Apr 19, 2005 8:06 PM

Have been seeing this alot and have no idea what it is.



JohnG Apr 19, 2005 8:15 PM

Bokeh is the blurred background resulting in an isolated subject. It is usually achieved via a large aperture (small f-stop). In the example below, the background is completely blurred (it's grass and a couple spruce trees). Again the affect is to isolate the subject.

Norm in Fujino Apr 19, 2005 9:29 PM

Striderxl wrote:

Have been seeing this alot and have no idea what it is.
It's a Japanese word, taken from bokeru meaning to be fuzzy, forgetful, or senile. Here, it means the nice soft blurring effect of background you get with certain lenses. If you're into foreign terminology, here's another one I picked up recently from the Japanese: pinto no yama:

According to the dictionary, the word pinto is from the Dutch brandpunt, which in Japanese is taken to mean "focus." I personally think it also has some onomatopoeic associations with the word/sound pin to which means "something occurring in a very neat or clearcut way," but that's another matter. The second word no is the genetive particle, and yama means "mountain." Taken together, the phrase means "the focus mountain" or "mountain of focus," which makes about as much sense as ???, right?

I Googled around at some other Japanese sites, and found that the expression is used to mean "that point at which focus becomes supremely clear and unmistakable." One site suggested the expression came from associations with Japanese divine mountains-- like the "holy mountain" suddenly coming into view. Perfectly clear focus without any question or doubt. In practice, the expression seems to be most frequently used to describe characteristics of lenses or viewfinders. It's good when the pinto no yama is easy to see, and bad when it's not.

So if you need a new term to express that inexpressible instant of perfect focus, now you know what to say: pinto no yama.

VTphotog Apr 19, 2005 9:40 PM

'Bokeh' is what the lens does with out-of-focus details in the background. If the b/g doesn't have detail, bokeh doesn't really matter. Some people get really obsessed with 'good bokeh' and 'bad bokeh', but I have looked at examples, and fronkly don't see that much difference.


Striderxl Apr 19, 2005 11:03 PM

Thanks everyone for the info.


sjms Apr 19, 2005 11:03 PM

"Bokeh" is thecurrentbuzz word of the chic camera crowd.

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