"What is Bokeh Artistry?", you might ask. Well, "bokeh" is from a Japanese term meaning blur, and it refers to the quality and appearance of a photograph's out of focus areas. While a photo that is sharp overall, such as most traditional landscapes, won't have much bokeh to offer, others having just one sharp area while the rest fades into softness can be comprised nearly entirely of bokeh.

I find that flowers and foliage are particularly attractive when photographed in a way that makes bokeh an important part of the image. The quality and appearance of this soft area varies from one lens to another, and is likewise dependent upon lighting, subject, and distance between subject and background. Many different bokeh flavors can be discovered by using different lenses, even though they may have the same focal length, giving endless opportunity for varied artistic expression. I've made Bokeh Artistry a major part of my photography since converting to digital capture, and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do.

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